WELDING: Vibration Welder with Larger-Part Capacity in Smaller Footprint

Branson’s newest welder promises long-term production versatility.

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A vibration welder recently launched by Branson Ultrasonics, Danbury, Conn., is said to offer exceptional long-term production versatility, while its design offers large-part capacity in a smaller footprint. The new GVX-3 has a user-configurable design that complements a powerful set of standard features with an impressive range of application-specific upgrades. These include everything from the addition of Branson’s dual-axis Clean Vibration Technology (CVT) to upgrades that involve tooling, clamp force and calibration, and speeds.

The GVX-3 welder features easy rear-door access for tool changes and a wide front door for part loading and unloading. Internally, the welder offers a large lift table driven by a precise servo motor, offering clamp forces of up to 25 kN and optional closed-loop calibration and control. For applications that require clean, particulate-free welds, the welder can be fitted with a modular CVT package that utilizes infrared power emitters to pre-heat part joints for faster, more consistent vibration weld strength and consistency, even for parts with complex 3-D geometries.

This unit’s advanced user interface enables it to accommodate up to 99 different users with configurable access rights. Its digital display offers intuitive navigation with globally-recognized icons and houses and improved sequence editor that simplifies production programming. Programmers can select from dozens of tooling codes and unlimited welding specification, along with other features like automatic tooling identification and weld specification recognition. Operator can easily access production-related function and equipment safeties but are prevented from modifying production-critical programming.