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What is Vibration Welding?

Linear vibration welding physically moves one of two parts horizontally under pressure, creating heat through surface friction that melts and welds the parts together. Compared to ultrasonic welding, vibration welders operate at much lower frequencies, higher amplitudes and much greater clamping force. Linear vibration welding is designed with electromagnetic heads that eliminate the wear and lubrication associated with bearing surfaces.

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Advantages of Vibration Welding

  • Fast weld times (20 seconds part to part)
  • Power efficient (green machine)
  • Reusable resource (12 to 16 years of use)
  • Quick change tooling (can run multiple parts)
  • No marking of show surfaces
  • Accurate part to part dimensional
  • Strong Welds
  • Hermetic seals
  • 2D weld planes achievable

Material Considerations

Vibration welding can join all known thermoplastics including materials with up to 45 percent filler content. Vibration welders can also join many dissimilar materials with compatible melting points, composite materials and fabrics. The following materials may be assembled by vibration welders: amorphous resins such as ABS/PC, PVC, PMMA or PES; semi-crystallines such as HDPE, PA, PP and TEO. Vibration welders can also join fiber reinforced carriers such as wood fiber, textile fiber or Polyurethane Long Fiber directly or by claw effect, or with composite surface coating. Contact Dukane for details.

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Application Considerations

Dukane vibration welders are ideal in automotive assembly applications such as door panels, intake manifolds, instrument panels, tail lights and lenses, fluid reservoirs and bumpers. Aviation applications include HVAC ducts, air diverter valves, interior lighting and overhead storage bins. Appliance manufacturers may use Dukane vibration welders for dishwasher pumps and spray arms, detergent dispensers and vacuum cleaner housings. Accessories applications are business and consumer toner cartridges, point-of-purchase displays, display stands and shelves. Vibration welders may also assemble chainsaw housings and power tools. Medical applications include surgical instruments, filters and I-V units, bedpans and insulated trays.

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