What is hot-plate welding?
Hot-plate welding is the process of welding two plastic parts together using a heated tooling plate. A weld rib or bead on each component is brought into contact with the hot plate. Heat conducts into the weld rib causing it to melt. The heated tool is then removed and the parts are pushed together until they bond to one another.
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Two components are brought into contact with a heated tool. The heat conducts into melt ribs causing them to soften. Also called the ‘Heat Phase’.
The components are removed from the heated tool and it is retracted out of the way. Also called the ‘Changeover Phase’.
The components are brought together and a hold pressure is applied until the weld cools. Also called the ‘Weld Phase’.
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If you do any hot-plate welding, you should start monitoring melt force to improve your weld consistency and quality. Extol’s Rapid Conductor hot-plate welder is equipped standard with three servo-driven platens: the upper and lower press platens, and the heated platen. Servo control eliminates the need for hard stops and ensures that all the pressure applied by the welder goes directly into the components being welded. It also allows the machine to control and monitor the forces throughout the process. Being able to measure the melt and seal forces means you can quickly detect and correct issues.
When welding parts in production, you want to have reliable and consistent assemblies. You may have been churning out ‘good’ parts for years, but suddenly you are finding part inconsistencies and failures when none of your parameters have changed! What happened?
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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.
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