Small, fast, and stick-free

Introduction to nanoSTAKE, the revolutionary plastic staking technology

Gain an understanding of the best plastic heat staking process on the market. This patented technology heats up, stakes plastic, and is cool to the touch immediately after.

Low-current, high-performance, closed-loop staking

nanoSTAKE® is a revolutionary, patented staking technology that uses a proprietary Smart Respond™ heating technology to rapidly heat and cool a punch to stake plastic.

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The nanoSTAKE Process

The low-current, high-performance heater heats the punch to a programmed melt temperature in seconds and forms the boss into a stake. Once the punch reaches the correct height, it rapidly cools to a programmed release temperature and retracts with no sticking.

Heat

The Smart Respond™ heating technology heats the punch to a programmed melt temperature in seconds.

Form

The low-current, high-performance heater maintains melt temperature as the punch forms the boss into a stake.

Cool

Once the punch reaches the correct height, it rapidly cools to a programmed release temperature.

Retract

The cooled module retracts with no sticking.

nanoSTAKE Technology

nanoSTAKE® is a revolutionary staking technology that uses a proprietary Smart Respond™ heating technology to rapidly heat and cool a punch to stake plastic.

The low‑current, high‑performance heater heats the punch to a programmed melt temperature in seconds and forms the boss into a stake. Once the punch reaches the correct height, it rapidly cools to a programmed release temperature and retracts with no sticking. nanoSTAKE uses low current (1.5 A) which allows for quick and easy connections.

nanoSTAKE Benefits

Accessible SPC data with dataPLUS™

Feed nanoSTAKE process data to your machine PLC.

With dataPLUS network communication activated, the System Controller makes data available to a PLC over an ethernet connection. Available data includes system information, process data, and fault notifications.

DataPLUS is an optional upgrade.

Effortless quality assurance

nanoSTAKE uses Smart Respond, a low‑current, high‑performance heating technology with an embedded temperature sensor for true closed-loop process control. An optional position sensor controls the stake height.

Easy and quick connections

nanoSTAKE only uses 1.5 A of current at 120 VAC. This low current allows for small wires and small, easily manageable connections.

No sticking

nanoSTAKE’s Smart Respond heating technology is rapid and responsive. It heats up and cools down in seconds to ensure no plastic sticks to the punch.

Fits in tight spaces

nanoSTAKE is small and compact so it fits in tight spaces.

nanoSTAKE Module

  • Smart Respond heating technology uses a low‑current, high‑performance heater with an embedded temperature sensor.
  • Closed-loop process control
  • LED indicator shows module status
  • No heat migration into the module; all the heat is concentrated at the tip.
  • Position monitoring (optional)
  • 8 mm punch diameter
  • Capable of staking bosses 0.5 – 4.0 mm in diameter
  • Conduction heat transfer
  • Unimpacted by material color

nanoSTAKE Controls Features

Smart Release

Prevent plastic from sticking after being staked.

After staking a part, Smart Release warms the nanoSTAKE modules while lightly pulling up to allow them to cleanly release from the plastic. Once the modules retract, Smart Release intelligently cools them back down.

Validation Mode

Make sure your Boss Position and Final Position quality limits are set up correctly. 

Validation Mode allows for testing of “red rabbit” parts. When in Validation Mode, the user loads a known bad part to verify that the nanoSTAKE modules correctly flag the Boss Position or Final Position as “outside the limits”.

dataPLUS™

Feed nanoSTAKE process data to your machine PLC.

With dataPLUS network communication activated, the System Controller makes data available to a PLC over an ethernet connection. Available data includes system information, process data, and fault notifications.

DataPLUS is an optional upgrade.

Equipment Options

nanoSTAKE is available in turnkey machines and component packages for integration into equipment.

Download CAD

Download CAD models of nanoSTAKE components to integrate into your machine design.

Download User Manual

Download a PDF copy of the nanoSTAKE User Manual.

Design Guidelines

Learn how to design your parts to be staked with nanoSTAKE.

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Getting nanoSTAKE on your next project

Getting nanoSTAKE on your next project

So, you’ve seen the new revolutionary nanoSTAKE technology and you are wondering how you can get it on your next plastic staking application. There are two great ways to do that. You can purchase a turnkey nanoSTAKE machine directly from Extol, or you can purchase nanoSTAKE through your preferred integrator. Either way, you get expert technology service from our knowledgeable team. Let’s talk more about what is included in a nanoSTAKE integration package and how they work.

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