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?”
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.
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…
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!
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.
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.
The Aspirozzle required spin welding on both ends of a main body. Cycle time requirements necessitated two simultaneous welds. To accomplish this, two Vortex PRECEDENCE spin welder actuators were mounted horizontally in a custom machine.
In large part, the success of a company depends on how quickly and effectively it identifies and solves problems. Any individual or any company can excel if there aren’t problems, but unfortunately no one operates in a blissful land of rainbows and butterflies where problems don’t exist. Do you or your company have the skills to clearly identify and quickly deal with problems?
Join us in Franklin, TN at the SPE Plastics Decorating & Assembly Topical Conference on June 5-7. Extol’s own Bill Reed will be speaking about plastic staking methods. You won’t want to miss it. We will also have a booth at the conference so you can stop by and ask us any questions that you have.
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