A new optional module that will be featured at NPE 2015 by Dukane Corp., St. Charles, Ill., is designed to simplify the configuration of work cells in the plastic welding process. The iQLogicX module is available on the popular iQ Series Ultrasonic Generators. The module comes with 20 programmable input and 16 output connections, and the programming of these connections is said to be simple via the company’s iQ Explorer II software, with no PLC programming skills required.
According to Dukane, work cells are very common in the assembly of plastic products for all industries, and offer features such as a higher level of safety, noise reduction, part-in-place detection, and part clamping—all of which improve quality and speed of the process. Facilitating all these features requires work cells to have a significant amount of electrical components, wiring and programming. In contrast, the iQLogicX eliminates the need of all the other electrical components. By simply inserting the module into the rear card slot of the iQ series welders, the Ultrasonic Module Menu Adapt (UMMA) feature of the iQ Series units populates the menu of the iQ Explorer II user interface with all the programmable options. In essence, the module allows users to convert an ultrasonic welder from just a simply desktop machine to a sophisticated turnkey work cell.