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..

Fast Tooling Changeovers Improve Heat Staking Productivity During Plastic Assembly Jobs

Productivity and efficiency are defining factors for the modern factory floor. With automation and data-centric digital manufacturing becoming increasingly commonplace, manufacturers are looking to eliminate downtime and boost quotas across the board.

When it comes to plastic assembly, manufacturers can choose from between a broad range of technologies that offer assembly solutions – infrared, thermal impulse, ultrasonic, hot plate, and laser plastic assembly machines are all frequent sights on factory floors.

While all of these assembly options generate value for certain applications, not all of them equally offer versatility during high-volume precision work. Lack of versatility can have a profound effect on..

The Heat Stake Advantage

Over the last 10 years, advancements in solid modeling technologies and subsequent changes in the injection molding industry have created the need for more complex and diverse assembly solutions. Due to the more complex and stringent requirements for strength, tightness, and aesthetic characteristics in the electronic, medical, and automotive component assembly, the need for a non-violent or degrading method for plastic assembly has increased. There are a multitude of technologies and companies that produce machines for plastic assembly. A few of these plastic assembly technologies include infrared, laser, hot air/cold upset, and thermal impulse, as well as the welding technologies..


Thermal Press – A Brief Overview

Thermal Press Assembly Processes & Solutions:

  • Applications for Thermal Press Assembly Equipment & Solutions
  • Thermal Press Machines, Solutions & Systems

Applications for Thermal Assembly:

Heat Staking Applications:

There are many applications for thermal assembly and the associated production equipment and systems required. We are going to outline some of the most common applications and processes, which comprise of the majority of Thermal Press Systems installed worldwide.

Heat Staking Applications for Telecom:

Heat staking is used in Telecommunication, Portable Electronics, and the Tablet market for attaching PCBs, GPS antennas, camera modules, internal components, ground planes and many other functions required in..