Quick-Change Tooling Improves Auto Infotainment Display Production

Auto instrument clusters and infotainment systems are undergoing great changes.

Starting in the mid-2010s, automakers found that the worldwide push towards mobile touchscreen technology seen in smartphones and tablets applies directly to auto instrument clusters and infotainment systems.

Now, the auto industry has fully embraced the touchscreen as part of a consolidated instrument cluster solution that removes the bulky knobs and buttons of the past with a sleek, new, integrated appearance.

For manufacturers of auto instrument clusters, this represents a potentially disrupting development. Nonetheless, experts predict that now-advanced features like internet connection will be standard on all in-car infotainment..

Why Implement Heat Sealing in the Manufacture of Wearable Medical Devices?

Wearable medical devices are taking off.

From glucose monitors to medicine dispensing pumps, patients' ability to comfortably and consistently wear medical devices on their bodies is expanding treatment options and improving the patients’ quality of life while treating many medical conditions. Thanks to new technologies – adhesive patch technologies, in particular – experts predict that the wearable medical device market will grow to $27.8 billion by 2022.

Importantly, most of these devices' underlying technology remains largely the same.  New advances in these technologies have made these devices smaller and much easier for patients to wear. New technology means wearable..

Thermal Press to Attend NPE2018: The Plastics Show

Produced by Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS), NPE has been a plastics leader for more than 70 years, unequaled in its ability to bring the entire industry together. Participants include buying teams from over 100 countries and more than 20,000 companies, comprising the entire global plastics supply chain and the full range of end-user markets.

Visit us at the show:

West Hall Level 2 - Expo Hall - Booth W9210

May 7-11, 2018  in Orlando, FL

Orange County Convention Center

9400 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819

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  • Thermal Press to Attend MD&M West Conference

    MD&M West connects you with thousands of advanced design and manufacturing professionals for three days of industry immersion. Source from the world's largest collection of medtech suppliers. Connect with over 20,000 engineers and executives who are ready to forge business partnerships. Learn from industry luminaries presenting their insights. This is your chance to find answers to your current medtech challenges — from prototyping to full-scale manufacturing — while keeping up with the latest innovations reshaping the industry.

    Featuring its biggest program yet, the Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) West conference will deliver four tracks of expert-led medtech education you won't..

    Heat Staking Improves Component Quality for Taillight Manufacturers

    Durability is of chief importance to auto component manufacturers.

    When engaged in high-volume production of taillights for consumer automobiles, manufacturers need to engineer the process to minimize the chance of accidentally damaging delicate inner components. This is especially true when building taillights, where the two leading welding methods produce less-than-ideal results from a quality control perspective.

    Auto manufacturers have tried using many different welding processes over the decades – General Motors famously adopted ultrasonic welding in the 1970s, but gave up on the process when new technology made better, more consistent results possible.

    Now, most automakers and component manufacturers rely on..

    manufacturing equipment

    Plastic Assembly History – Heat Staking vs. Ultrasonic Welding of Threaded Inserts

    Historically, plastic assembly projects have always relied on the most reliable, repeatable, and consistent method of joining plastic parts available to them. Half a century ago, this meant using ultrasonic welding tools which at the time seemed like a sci-fi welding solution of unlimited potential.

    Heat staking machines, on the other hand, were largely seen as inconsistent machines best used for installing metal inserts in to plastic bosses or housings. However, the forward march of technology continues unabated, and heat staking has taken strides in new directions beyond what ultrasonic welding machines are capable of.

    One of the most obvious..

    Thermal Press International is a Member of the Plastics Industry Association

    TPI is proud to be a part of the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS).

    The Plastics Industry Association is the only organization that represents every segment of the plastics supply chain to make members more globally competitive.   Since 1937, PLASTICS has been providing education and advocacy to its members.


    About Thermal Press International:

    Thermal Press International manufactures precision heat staking machines, heat sealing machines, custom and automation systems, as well as custom tooling packages used in the medical, automotive, consumer products,..

    Thermal Press to Attend The ASSEMBLY Show

    October 24-26, 2017
    Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
    555 N. River Road
    Rosemont, IL 60018

    The ASSEMBLY Show offers 3 days of educational sessions, hundreds of exhibiting companies, thousands of industry professionals including buyers and users of assembly equipment, products or services in manufacturing plants.

    Come visit us @ Booth# 1512.



    Plastic Assembly Process Options for Particulate-Free Results

    Clean and reliable plastic bonding is critical to a broad range of industries. From automotive shops to medical supply manufacturers, plastic assembly tools are a common sight on many factory floors.

    Being such an in-demand process among different industries, it stands to reason that there are many ways to bond plastic parts to one another. Some of the most popular options include:

    • Ultrasonic Welding
    • Spin Welding
    • Vibration Welding
    • Thermal Staking

    There are no one size fits all solutions to plastic assembly. To identify..

    Laser Welding vs. Heat Staking for Medical Part Assembly

    In medical part assembly, manufacturers need to join thermoplastics in a consistent, reliable way that produces no flash or particulate during the process. In the world of plastic assembly, two of the best options for precision assembly are laser welding and heat staking.

    • Heat Staking uses heat and pressure to deform a protruding plastic stud to retain or clamp an assembly or components together. The application of heat and pressure ensures that the plastic liquefies and then hardens (melts and resets) in the exact..