WELDING: Servo Ultrasonic Welding in a Self-Contained Unit

Dukane will have a new fully-integrated servo ultrasonic welder that addresses the need for 'out-of-box, plug-and-play' units at NPE 2015.

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The latest servo ultrasonic welder from Dukane Corp., St. Charles, Ill., is a self-contained unit that houses the company’s patented generator/power supply and is said to address the need for ‘out-of-box, plug-and-play’ ultrasonic welding. To be displayed at NPE 2015, the new iQ Series Integrated Servo Driven Ultrasonic Welder has fewer cables, boasts easy installation, and has a smaller footprint. The company will also feature its new iQLinQ proprierary communication protocol.

            This welder is said to provide the efficiency and reliability of a 100% digitally-controlled Multi-Core power supply with the precision of an advanced servo press. It features the company’s patented Melt-Match technology which is said to precisely control the collapse of speed profile during the weld and precisely matches the collapse speed during the melt phase. As a result, the ultrasonic propagation reportedly penetrates deeper into the bond area and the affected heat zone is larger, resulting in superior bond strength. The unit can connect with any computer that has Dukane’s iQ Explorer software, which allows access to weld data, machine controls and storage of machine setups on the local area network or via the Internet for remote locations.

            Meanwhile, Dukane's iQLinQ communication protocol gives end users an array of options to interface generators with automated systems. It runs on iQ Series generators and is available in different optional modules to connect PLCs with generators using prevalent Fieldbus and/or Industrial Ethernet communication protocols such as Profibus, Profinet/IQ, Ethernet/IP, Powerlink, CC-Link/IE, EtherCAT. Dukane says, end users can reduce engineering cost, integration risk, and total cost to develop and deliver plastic assembly solutions by switching to iQLinQ. They can control the weld process, set-up of multiple weld parameters, obtain real-time data or previous cycle data remotely from their PLCs.