How to determine the strength of a plastic staking joint

How to determine the strength of a plastic staking joint

UPDATED June 3, 2019. Originally published September 22, 2016. Design engineers often ask us, "How strong will my staked joint be?" Usually, they're designing a plastic assembly that needs to be staked, and they need to know how to design the part...

New Enhanced Lamp Improves Performance of ISM20 InfraStake

New Enhanced Lamp Improves Performance of ISM20 InfraStake

Introduction InfraStake is a plastic staking technology that uses focused infrared energy to heat and form a plastic boss. For more information on InfraStake, please click here.

Service beyond the machine

Service beyond the machine

About two years ago, Mark* (not his real name), a manufacturing engineer at AutoTrim* (not his actual company), was researching equipment to assemble a new, high-volume door panel they were hoping to win from an OEM. Mark recalled seeing a demo of...

Why you see flash when staking plastic and how to optimize it

Why you see flash when staking plastic and how to optimize it

The moment is here, the process is set, the machine has cycled. How does it look?  “GASP!”  My staked part has FLASH!!! If you are not familiar with flash, I’m referring to the displaced plastic material from a staking or welding process that...

Why does Extol have an Integration Support division?

Why does Extol have an Integration Support division?

Why does Extol have an Integration Support division? To support integrators of innovative, Extol technology. What is Integration Support?

Extol Launches New InfraStake Module and Software That Reduce Lifetime Operating Cost and Provide Full Quality Assurance

Extol Launches New InfraStake Module and Software That Reduce Lifetime Operating Cost and Provide Full Quality Assurance

Zeeland, MI – August 1, 2017 – Extol, Inc. has again improved the way plastic products are made by launching the new IS32 InfraStake module and InfraStake Integration Software. This infrared (IR) staking product is designed specifically to stake...

New InfraStake software provides full quality assurance through process monitoring

New InfraStake software provides full quality assurance through process monitoring

Extol has developed a new software package that controls the InfraStake process. The InfraStake Integration Software comes free with every integration package to ensure consistency across every integration of the InfraStake technology. The new IS32...

How do you measure temperature during the InfraStake process?

How do you measure temperature during the InfraStake process?

We often get the question, “How do you measure temperature during the InfraStake process?” The answer is, we don’t. There are a few reasons why not, but first, let’s clarify what this question is really getting at: How does the InfraStake process...

New IS32 InfraStake module delivers lower lifetime cost

New IS32 InfraStake module delivers lower lifetime cost

The new IS32 InfraStake module is Extol’s latest development in InfraStake technology. In combination with the new InfraStake Integration Software, the new module reduces lifetime operating costs by reducing maintenance. Numerous improvements have...

New Concentrator and Reflector for InfraStake

New Concentrator and Reflector for InfraStake

Introduction The InfraStake process is a method of staking that utilizes radiation heat transfer from focused infrared energy. For more information on InfraStake, please click here.