Designing for Strength: What to Consider in Plastic Part Design

Designing for Strength: What to Consider in Plastic Part Design

One of the more difficult questions I get asked by our customers is how to optimize assemblies for strength. This is an incredibly complex question but an important one when it comes to product development. Simulations like Finite Element Analysis are always a helpful tool, but FEA only provides some of the information, not all of it. Here are some questions to begin with during the development process

The energy in vibration welding

The energy in vibration welding

Recently, we’ve been discussing conventional vibration welding and hybrid or ‘clean’ vibration welding. Vibration welding, a linear frictional weld method, you probably know all about. Hybrid – the introduction of an infrared preheat function prior to the conventional vibration weld process, is a relatively new method of welding plastic parts.

Hybrid welding and 4 reasons why you might need it

Hybrid welding and 4 reasons why you might need it

Have you heard the news? Extol recently partnered with CEMAS to distribute their vibration and hybrid welding machines in the US and Canada. We are thrilled to now be able to offer our customers even more plastic joining options as well as top of the line vibration and hybrid welding equipment, service, and support. Now just in case you’re thinking, “I know about vibration welding, but what is this hybrid welding thing you mentioned?” we’re going to dig into it a bit and explain why it might be a great option for your project.

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.