Ultrasonic Welding Looks to Make Big Noise in the Future

Used Ultrasonic Welder
Ultrasonic Welder

We have all seen a movie where someone’s voice is so high, that it breaks a glass in half, right? The science behind it says that high-pitched or high-frequency sounds have the ability to break materials apart, but that’s not the end of it. You can also use high-frequency vibrations and friction to bond materials together. That’s what Ultrasonic Welding is, in a nutshell.

History of Ultrasonic Welding

Ultrasonic welding was invented in the 1940s and used for bonding thermoplastics.  It wasn’t patented until 1965 when Robert Soloff found out that sound waves would travel around plastic and allow the joint area of the thermoplastics to be welded. The industry was changed even further when he combined a drill press and this ultrasonic welder, to make a new machine that he would pitch to Ideal Toy Co. Plastic toys saw massive growth as well as other industries due to plastics no longer requiring heat for bonding.

How Does It Work?

Have you ever had rug burn? It really hurts, doesn’t it? You can actually feel the heat as your skin grazes the carpet leaving behind a burn. That burn is from the friction. The same way rubbing your hands together warms them up, is the same idea behind ultrasonic welding. Sounds waves cause the two materials to vibrate at insane speeds, causing them to heat up and bond together. That rapid frictional heat is the key to success to bind the materials together. Here is a video of the process.

Why Use It?

There are some advantages to using ultrasonic welding or the traditional methods of welding.

  • Welding occurs at a lower temperature compared to other methods. This means that the manufacturer doesn’t need as much energy to reach the temperatures needed for bonding.
  • The process is significantly faster, often processing in fractions of a second to seconds. Faster than glues and more efficient.
  • A safer process that doesn’t require flammable fuel or open flames. Workers aren’t exposed to the materials and there isn’t a need to store dangerous materials on-site. Although hearing issues may occur if proper safety measures and precautions aren’t taken.
  • It’s cheaper. Given some of the statements above, you can see the cost for this process would be less than that of some traditional methods, which is why this method soared to popularity quickly.

The Future

In 2019, the market size of Ultrasonic Welding Machine is 456.2 million US$ and it will reach 565.3 million US$ in 2025, growing at a CAGR of 3.1% from 2019, according to Downey Magazine. Their article presented the Ultrasonic Welding Machine production, revenue, market share, and growth rate for each key company, and also covers the breakdown data (production, consumption, revenue, and market share) by regions, types, and applications. history breakdown data from 2014 to 2019, and forecast to 2025.

Looking for an Ultrasonic Welder?

HGR is one of the leaders in selling used machinery and surplus supplies. With 12 acres of industrial equipment under one roof, you can believe we also have Ultrasonic Welders available now. Use this link to see what we have in stock. If you don’t see anything now, check back in a week or so. We have hundreds of new items arriving daily, so you never know what will come in next.

HGR Industrial Surplus continues green initiatives

recycling at HGR

As a recycling company that buys industrial surplus and resells it to put it back into service and keep it out of landfills, recycling is part of our culture. As our Controller Ed Kneitel says, “We want to be good stewards of our environment.” To that end, we have been shredding paper and donating it to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History for cage bedding and animal enrichment. Our wooden skids and baled cardboard are picked up and recycled. We sell our used oil that is drained from equipment to someone who uses it to heat his building. During our renovation, we had energy-efficient lighting installed.

But, we decided to go one step further. We noticed that we were generating more than 85 gallons of plastic water bottles and 30-35 cases of aluminum pop cans per month and 200,000 pieces of paper per year. This week, we installed blue recycling bins for paper, plastic bottles and aluminum cans in both of our break rooms, the customer lounge and at individual desks. Now, our employees and customers can contribute to a more sustainable world.

Thanks for your participation when you visit HGR’s showroom!

Local manufacturer eliminates noise and moisture issues for the construction industry

Keene noise reduction Quiet Qurl sound control mat
Quiet Qurl® 55/025 MC sound control mat designed to limit impact noise between floors

 

Jim Keene Keene Building Products

How did Keene Building Products get its start?

Keene was started in 2002 as an importer but quickly began development of its production line. Although educated as an accountant, Jim Keene, the founder, became involved in the engineering of the system to produce the materials — a unique plastic extrusion process. Sales were simple since he was involved with many of the customers in the market.

Why was the decision made to locate in Euclid?

Jim’s home town is Richmond Heights, up the hill, but his father and mother went to Euclid High School. Euclid is a great place to manufacture, and Jim wanted to be a manufacturer.

How are the products that you manufacture used?

Keene Building Products is a manufacturer of three-dimensional filament products for the construction industry. Its noise products are designed for construction projects, such as multi-family apartments and condominiums to stop impact and airborne noise, while its building-envelope products can be utilized in wall, masonry, roofing, and foundation applications to eliminate moisture issues.

Starting as a plastic manufacturing company in 2002, Keene has innovated new construction tools in an effort to improve product performance for the market. At first, it only manufactured entangled net products in applications that had coatings and concrete all around them. Today, its capabilities include blending powders and creating chemicals. In addition to plastics extrusion, the company has expanded its expertise to floor-preparation products, below-grade systems, roofing, plastic fabricating and 3D filament.

How many employees work in the facility in Euclid?

30 employees but it will be increasing to 50 in the near future.

Tell us about your building expansion. How many square feet and why?Keene Building Products expansion

25,000 square feet for warehouse purposes that will allow us more room for manufacturing.

Are there ways that the company participates in the community?

Not yet!! We will soon.

What do you think is the biggest challenge that manufacturing currently faces?

Skilled labor

What does the future of manufacturing, especially in Northeast Ohio, look like?

The future is very bright here but we need to educate our young people better. Our schools are not up to par, and our workforce doesn’t graduate ready for the positions we need to fill.

What inspires you?

Helping the people in our organization realize their career and financial goals.

Are there any interesting facts about Keene Building that most people don’t know?

  • Weatherhead 100 four years running
  • Two businesses in the award
  • Holder of 20 patents either issued or pending
  • Family business with other family members as part of the team
  • More likely to sell product on one of the coasts, with full North American coverage and sales in every state
Keene building envelope
Driwall™ Rainscreen 020-1, a drainage mat for exterior wall systems