Quality plastic assemblies often rely on press fits to hold parts in perfect alignment. These bonded interference fits used in assembly connections provide consistent performance in a multitude of applications. You can see some of the plastic assembly examples available from Thermal Press here.
Demand for press-fit assembly technology and heat-sealing equipment shows that manufacturers are looking to near-shore manufacturing, automate assembly processes, and maintain the integrity of each plastic assembly that leaves the line to reduce product liability. ..
by Lance Crawford, Thermal Press International, Inc.
Heat sealing is the process of sealing one thermoplastic to another similar thermoplastic using heat and pressure. The direct contact method of heat sealing utilizes a constantly heated die or sealing bar to apply heat to a specific contact area or path to seal or weld the thermoplastics together. Heat sealing is used for many applications, including heat seal connectors, thermally activated adhesives and film or foil sealing.
Common applications for the heat sealing process
Medical devices provide effective solutions for diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, and disease prevention. The size of the medical device market is expected to reach $623 billion by 2026 – a 5% compound annual growth rate. With help from the right plastic assembly process, your company can stay competitive in this growing market while also saving both time and money.
The most common plastic assembly processes used for medical devices include:
- Ultrasonic welding
- Vibration welding
- Spin welding
- Hotplate welding
- Laser welding
- Infrared welding
To manufacture high quality plastic products within a reasonable time frame and budget, an efficient assembly process is key. However, several factors can prolong assembly time and cost your company time and money.
To make your assembly process more efficient and boost production, you must first calculate the uptime and identify potential time losses.
Four Common Assembly Time Losses
As the demand for plastic products increases, it is estimated that the industry will experience 750..
Thermal Press International offers superior equipment and tooling for organizations that need reliable heat sealing and heat staking systems. We utilize high quality materials during production and take final products through a rigorous testing process to ensure they give your business a competitive edge.
The high ratings and reviews from clients show off our products’ reliability and quality. In our small survey comprised of 55 telephone interviews, customers appreciated the positive impact of our machine on productivity, quality, and consistency.
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In the marketplace today, manufacturers in science and pharmaceuticals have an increased need for single-use bioreactor bags. In addition, the recent pandemic has strained an already growing industry with the need for manufacturing vaccines around the world.
We have been a trusted source of thermal press equipment here at Thermal Press since 1976. As a result, we are a leader in the bioreactor bag marketplace, ready to meet the increased demands that today's manufacturing processes require.
Increased Demand for Bioreactor Bags ..
When developing a new product, it's important to follow the basics of design for manufacturing (DFM). DFM involves optimizing all the component parts of a product to enhance the ease of manufacturing. You can do this by refining the product design to simplify the assembly process – which has the very important side benefit of creating higher-quality products at lower cost.
Understanding Design for Manufacturability
DFM is all about thinking about manufacturability during the design process. This should happen at all stages of design, starting..
According to Precedence Research, medical device companies worldwide spent $53.71 billion on contract manufacturing in 2019 – and are expected to spend $97.52 billion annually by 2027. No doubt you're constantly examining your company's development costs, looking for ways to become more efficient.
Underestimating Assembly Costs
It's easy, especially in the planning stages, to underestimate manufacturing and assembly costs. It's natural to focus on the price of the components and assume that's going to be the bulk of your expenses. However,..
While 2020 may have been a challenging time for most manufacturers and product teams, the industry responded effectively, and most companies are poised to deal with any future challenges.
Companies naturally felt the pinch created by the COVID 19 pandemic. At the same time, the slow-down created a window of opportunity where you could review your current operations and find new ways to improve your efficiencies. With 2021 in full swing, it’s now time to capitalize on these enhancements. With that in mind, here is the latest
While advances in plastic assembly techniques create innovative new products, the process also depends on the operators working efficiently at these stations. Establishing an effective development, test, and production process requires systems that conform to both commercial interests and human physiology.
Considerations for Deploying a Plastic Assembly Line in Your Company
Often overlooked during the product development and design stages, the configuration of plastic assembly stations can have a major impact on your company’s productivity. The long-term effects of working..