How to Clean Up Your Dirty Welding Process

August 10, 2020 Laser Welding

"I need clean plastic parts!"

We hear this from our customers all the time. We can help. Extol now offers a cleaner way to weld plastic parts together.

Plastic welding can generate dust and debris, especially when using friction methods like ultrasonic or vibration. The problem gets even worse when the parts are glass filled. But demand for cleaner systems continues to increase, particularly in the medical and consumer markets. Even automotive systems are tightening cleanliness specifications, and insisting on cleaner parts. Materials like nylon and polycarbonate are typically joined with friction methods, but they often need a cleaner process. Extol’s laser plastic welding systems can be the answer.

Vibration Welding Particulate Flash

Typical Vibration Weld Flash

Laser Welding Flash

Controlled Flash of Laser Welding

Laser plastic welding often proves to be more cost-effective with better performance than customers might expect. Recently we have seen many vibration weld applications come into our Process Development Center (PDC) that end up being successful with our laser welding solution. By precisely controlling the energy and displacement, minimal flash and significant reductions in particulate can be achieved. Laser welding allows for direct and accurate heat application without violent vibratory motion.

Do you have a plastic application in desperate need of a cleaner weld? Let us know by sending a message below.

Nick Flesher

Nick Flesher

Nick is a mechanical engineer who works with Extol’s Design, Controls, Service, Applications, and Manufacturing Solutions teams. When Nick isn’t thinking about plastic joining machines, he’s cycling, boating, or hanging out with his wife and boys.