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Transmission Welding: Reasons Why You Should Choose it

Posted by on June 10, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Transmission Welding: Reasons Why You Should Choose it

Transmission welding, also known as laser transmission welding, refers to the process of bonding thermoplastics using focused laser radiation. Laser transmission welding has become the technology of choice, especially when applications involve components which require high-quality welds. The process of laser welding is very distinct from other traditional methods and techniques of welding.  Here is what you need to know about this technology and why you should choose it for your industrial welding needs. What transmission welding entails The technology of transmission welding joins two plastic materials: an upper joining partner and a lower joining partner. A focused laser beam is passed through the upper joining partner to hit the targeted welding zone. As it hits the lower adjoining partner, it converts into heat energy. The heat created at the interface creates a molten weld seam, and the two plastics are fused. Applications of transmission welding Transmission welding has become popular among manufacturing companies as it can be applied across most industries that make use of plastics. It is possible to weld almost all types of thermoplastics as long as they have the same melting or softening temperature ranges. It becomes even easier if the plastics have the same chemical makeup. The technology has been widely applied in the following industries: The automotive industry in the manufacture of sensor housings, lighting, instrument clusters, interior panels, and fluid control devices. The medical industry in catheters, microfluidics, and fluid control. The manufacturing industry in the manufacture of consumer products such as electronics. Advantages over traditional welding methods All of the methods of welding plastics have their strengths and downsides. The cost of modern laser welding equipment and systems is almost similar to that of traditional welding methods such as hot plate, vibration, and spin. However, transmission technology takes the upper hand when it comes to efficiency, consumables cost, and production precision. It has the following advantages: There is minimal mechanical stress on the welding and components, making it possible to utilize simple clamping equipment and holders. With this, the economic flow is achieved, hence resulting in reduced costs of production. Laser systems can identify irregularities during the welding process, facilitating the production of high quality and durable welds. Unlike traditional welding methods, no additives are added to the components. As a result, welding using this technology satisfies even the most precise optical specifications. Transmission welding systems have a high degree of flexibility and integrated process control. As such, project-specific costs are reduced as the system can adapt to different project requirements. Transmission technology is slowly dominating the welding industry. Compared to traditional welding methods, this technology delivers high-quality welds and enhances flexibility, and versatility in...

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Steel Fabrication Processes

Posted by on December 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Steel Fabrication Processes

Fabrication processes can be done with almost any metal, but steel remains one of the most popular because of its versatility, durability and overall cost efficiency. Steel fabrication processes include bending, cutting and assembling the metal into structures such as house frames, hand rails, stairs, construction equipment, auto parts and much more. These processes are typically done in a fabrication shop and are completed using the aid of engineering drawings. Large shops can employ more than one process, such as welding and machining, while smaller shops may only concentrate on one process such as cutting. The most common steel fabrication processes include the following: Cutting The raw material, in this case steel, must be cut to size. This can be done using a variety of tools, including torching and sawing. The type of tool used will largely depend on the size of the raw materials you’re working with. For example, large sections of steel can be cut via a torch with little effort. Water jet cutters are also commonly used to cut steel. A newer method of cutting structural steel uses plasma and laser; robots move the cutting head in three dimensions around the raw material to be cut.  Bending Forming and bending is the process of material deformation and is typically applied to metals, including steel. The raw material is formed by applying force to an object. The force must be great enough that the original shape is changed to form the desired new shape. The forming and bending process can be controlled with tools such as dies or punches. Modern fabrication shops commonly use press brakes to air-bend or coin the metal sheets into form. Programming software allows for seamless and efficient press brakes, making the formation and bending process easier. Assembling Once the steel has been cut and formed to shape, it needs to cool. The cooling time will vary depending on the size and object it was formed into. Once it has cooled, it is sand blasted, primed and then painted. Additional manufacturing instructions are then completed if needed. The finished product is given a final inspection, and upon passing, it is shipped to the customer. Assembling is done by a variety of methods, including welding, riveting, binding with adhesives, or further bending via a crimped seam. Steel fabrication processes have come a long way with the introduction of technology and software. There is no doubt, however, that skill, patience and tenacity are needed when working with raw materials with the intent of crafting something valuable, such as equipment or hand rails for...

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