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Extol and CEMAS reach distributor agreement

EXTOL, INC. AND CEMAS ELETTRA REACH DISTRIBUTOR AGREEMENT CEMAS ELETTRA will be sole distributor for InfraStake in Europe and South America Zeeland, Michigan: Extol is pleased to announce that CEMAS has been appointed as the sole distributor of Extol’s InfraStake...

When should I use InfraStake?

In the world of plastic staking, there are several different technologies to choose from. Common technologies include ultrasonic, thermal punch, hot air cold punch, and of course Extol’s InfraStake. Each of these technologies is appropriate for use in different situations, but today I’d like to spend some time discussing three applications where InfraStake is the best method for the job.

Comparing plastic staking technologies TEASER

We wrote a white paper.
We often get asked how different staking technologies stack up against each other, so we decided to test it, and write a paper about it. We can’t share the whole paper with you just yet; it hasn’t been published yet. However, here is the abstract to pique your interest.

Delivering strong customer value

The production process flow is critical to the overall success and goal of a company. At Extol, our Project Management team strives to approach a given task in a productive and efficient manner through fully utilizing their resources and skills from start to finish to deliver a strong customer value.

Is it really better to give than to receive?

Normally you are given plastics joining expertise and words of wisdom to solve your plastics assembly problems when you read our blog. This post is more on topic with the upcoming holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas. Both holidays revolve around giving and receiving. Thanksgiving often involves partaking in a lovingly prepared meal and sharing thoughts about why we are thankful and giving thanks to those we love and are grateful for. Christmas is a time for gift-giving and sharing good times together. Well… since we are plastic geeks and enjoy the technical side of life, that leads us to look to the scientific side of giving and answering the question, “Is it really better to give than to receive?”

Extol, Inc. Announces Divestiture of ErgoStation Product Line

ZEELAND, MI October 27, 2016 — Precise Mold & Plate acquires ErgoStation® product line to expand its portfolio of tooling solutions.
Extol today announced the divestiture of its ErgoStation line of height-adjustable workstations and machine bases. The divestiture is consistent with Extol’s strategy to focus the organization on processes and products that improve the way plastic products are made for its customers.

How to determine the strength of a plastic staking joint

Design engineers commonly ask me, “How strong will my staked joint be?” Usually, they are designing a plastic assembly that needs to be staked, and they need to know how to design the part so that it will be strong enough for their application. They are looking for a straightforward answer, like 450 N. If they know how strong one stake point will be, they can plan how many stake points they need and where to locate them. The good news is that we can estimate the answer…

The Assembly Show 2016

Come visit us in booth 1823 at the Assembly Show in Rosemont, IL this year. Show dates are October 25-27, 2016. We will be performing live demonstrations of hot-plate welding, spin welding, infrared staking, and infrared welding. We hope to see you there!

Why is my plastic sticking during the staking process?

This question has been posed to me by many customers. I hear statements like, “The machine works great for a long time, and then we suddenly get all of this sticking and stringing.” This issue is somewhat common in most types of staking technologies and varies in severity among different thermoplastic materials.

4 spin welding tips to think about

Spin welding is a really good method for joining thermoplastics. It’s easy to understand, the tooling is simple, the strength results are impressive, and the process is really robust. Keeping those results consistent and managing weld flash control can be a challenge, however.
Here are a few things to think about and watch out for as you consider implementing spin welding.

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