The range of value-added services we provide at Fern Plastics includes ultrasonic welding of plastic injection moulded parts. Sonic welding is a popular process that is used to neatly weld thermoplastic material without the use of heat or adhesives. As experts in plastic injection moulding, our ultrasonic welding services provide an economical solution for creating strong plastic moulded products that are suitable for use in a wide variety of industries. Our team of engineers have years of experience in ultrasonic joining and each project is overseen by project managers and is subject to ultrasonic weld inspection to ensure you get the highest quality end result.
What is Ultrasonic Welding?
Ultrasonic plastic welding (also known as USW) is a widely used process that utilises ultrasonic vibrations and high pressure to weld thermoplastic materials together to form one assembled part. This process can weld similar and dissimilar plastic parts together without the need for external heat, fasteners or solvents.
During the sonic welding process, ultrasonic welding machines produce high-frequency sound waves or vibrations, typically at a frequency of 20 or 40 kHz. The plastic injection moulded parts to be welded are held together under pressure while ultrasonic welding takes place. High-frequency vibrations create intense heat energy that bond plastic materials together at the contact point. Once cooled, the result is a strong assembled plastic product with a robust seamless join.
Ultrasonic seam welding is ideal for joining plastic injection moulded parts together and is a preferred assembly method across many industries including the medical and automotive industries. Many of our clients favour ultrasonic assembly since it offers a consistently repeatable performance that can be easily automated. This makes it highly suited to mass production. Ultrasonic seam joining is a suitable method for joining thermoplastics like Polypropylene PP, Polycarbonate PC and Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene ABS as well as joining metal and plastic parts together.
Benefits of Ultrasonic Welding
The varied benefits of ultrasonic welding make it a desirable value-added service for your plastic injection moulding requirements. Ultrasonic plastic welding is a cost-effective option for effectively joining your injection moulded parts since it eliminates the need for additional adhesives, solvents or mechanical fasteners. Clients who use our ultrasonic welding services also experience the benefit of faster assembly times thanks to the rapid cooling times of welded parts which can help to further reduce production costs.
Unlike other methods of welding, the process of ultrasonic joining allows greater flexibility in production because applications and tooling for assembly systems can be quickly exchanged for more versatility. The benefits of ultrasonic welding go on as this process produces a flawless strong seam which is virtually invisible making it ideal for products that demand a superior, visually appealing surface finish.
Key Advantages of Ultrasonic Welding:
Exceptionally fast process
Ideal for welding dissimilar materials
Repeatable and easy to automate
High-quality surface finish after welding
Effectively welds very thin materials
The process allows greater precision which reduces the risk of heat damage to the product or surrounding surfaces.
Less opportunity for human error with options for full automation
Key Applications for Ultrasonic Welding
The ultrasonic welding process is popular in many industries due to it being a rapid process that delivers clean, efficient results. From delicate electrical circuits to car door panels and engine components, the applications for ultrasonic welding are seemingly endless. The accuracy and quality of sonic welding combined with the use of indirect heat, make it suitable for manufacturing parts within the aerospace industry. Medical equipment like face masks and gas filters benefit from the flawless surface finish and high-quality, tight seal that ultrasonic plastic welding can produce.
Key Uses for Ultrasonic Welding
Medical equipment and instruments
Electrical and electronic components
Fern Plastics provides exceptional ultrasonic welding services to compliment any plastic injection moulding projects. Over 60 years of experience has made us a leading plastic injection molding company in the West Midlands and experts in ultrasonic welding plastic materials.
If you’d like more information about ultrasonic plastic welding or any of our other value added services, contact us onlineor call our team on01902 758282.