Vibration vs. Hot-Plate Welding

Vibration vs. Hot-Plate Welding

We all love options – colors, cars, hobbies, music, and of course our favorite, plastic welding!
Let’s talk about a few of the differences between vibration and hot-plate welding that may help in discerning when to choose one over the other. Ah, but first we should briefly review the two welding processes.

When to use hot-plate welding

When to use hot-plate welding

When considering the common plastics joining methods for assembling a new product, in the mix of options should be hot-plate welding. This low-force method of heating and bonding plastic parts has been around a long time. Contemporary machinery and tooling provide users with exceptional control and consistent weld results.

March Madness and welding

March Madness and welding

That was just an eye catching subject line…did you really think we’d talk bball on a plastics blog? The analogy to your bracket selections does work with respect to welding and two key characteristics: strength and weaknesses (leak rate). When you picked your teams, you considered strength of schedule and how their weaknesses matched up. Let’s talk about welding plastic parts for life science applications and how weld strength and leak (weakness) compare between ultrasonic welding (USW) and hot-plate welding (HPW).

4 common mistakes people make when hot-plate welding

4 common mistakes people make when hot-plate welding

In our last blog post, we discussed that you only need 2 things to weld plastic, heat and pressure. It really is that simple. However, there are 4 common mistakes that people often make when setting up a hot-plate weld that can prevent adequate heat and pressure from being achieved. Today we’re going to explore these mistakes and how a strong weld can be attained by avoiding them.

You only need these 2 things to weld plastic

You only need these 2 things to weld plastic

Believe it or not, you only need two things to weld plastic parts together. Heat and pressure. Just look at hot-plate welding as an example. For those of you who may be unfamiliar with the hot-plate welding process, it goes like this: Two parts are brought into contact with a heated tool (a hot plate). The surfaces of these parts get hot. The heated tool is removed and the parts are pushed together until they bond to one another. See? Heat and pressure. Let’s look at each in more detail.

FORD Recognizes Extol in SPE 2014 Automotive Innovation Award

FORD Recognizes Extol in SPE 2014 Automotive Innovation Award

Ford Motor Co. has been named the winner of the Society of Plastics Engineers’ 2014 Automotive Innovation Award for its injection molded knee airbag/glove box system. The system, which appears in the 2015 Mustang, is an industry first, the company says. Toolmaker Extol Inc. was responsible for hot-plate welding development.