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Full Panel Elastic with Ultrasonic Bonding

What is Elastic Entrapment with Ultrasonic Bonding?

A Dukane patented process where elastic strands are entrapped between the two layers of Nonwoven materials using ultrasonic energy. Ultrasonic Energy produces clean molecular bonds next to the elastic strands that directly entraps tensioned elastic within the fabric.

As shown in the video tensioned elastic strands pull the nonwoven material down into the very small grooves that are created with the entrapment pattern on the anvil. When bonded material leaves the process, the strands retract and become larger in diameter; therefore, are entrapped in that very small area.

The elastic strand are firmly secured between the nonwoven substrates without adhesive. The resultant fabric (composite) is robust to temperature, time and end used emollients maximizing product performance.

Adhesive Free Process

  • Ultrasonic bonding provides
    • Clean, simple, and robust process for creating elasticized materials that have minimal creep
    • Eliminates the need for costly adhesives and complex adhesive delivery system
    • Commercially capable high speed process up to 1000 meters per minute
    • Eliminates non-value-added complexity by directly attaching the tensioned elastic to the film / fabric substrate, No adhesive or complicated adhesive delivery systems.
  • End products produced by this process can range from narrow containment flaps and leg cuffs to wide waist panels and can be constructed with lighter-weight materials without concern for adhesive bleed-through.

Most Common Applications

Elastic Panel Construction

  •  Robust, high-speed process solution for creating elasticized materials
  •   Easily bonds multi-strand applications from 25mm – 450mm wide panels

Containment Flap

  • Eliminating adhesive allows the finished product to be softer, odor-free, and breathable
  • Use lighter weight fabrics so the final product is thinner and more comfortable when wearing

Leg Cuff Attachment

  • High-speed, continuous construction of leg cuff materials without applying costly and complex adhesives
  • Strong bonds and improves elastic performance

Robust Process Unaffected by Disruptions 

Ultrasonic bonding provides a reliable and robust solution to this process. It is unaffected by the following conditions and does not need to stop the production. 

  • Unaffected by splices in the web 
  • Web weave disruptions
  • Elastic strand movement
  • Elastic splices or knots

Flexible process flexible products:

  • Produces materials from 25 mm-200mm width with the same setup
  • Since the strands are not attached but just entrapped the end product is not stiff and provides:
    • Softer feel
    • Breathability
    • Eliminates skin irritations caused by the stiffening effect of adhesive
    • Smell of adhesive in the diaper

why Ultrasonic?

  • Get clean process and material without any consumables or additives in the strands
  • Achieve molecular bonds no mess from adhesives, or weak strands from heat
  • Assemble variety of nonwoven materials including SMS, SSS and PP Spun bond
  • Eliminate the cost of adhesive and the glue delivery system and get up to 5X faster cycle rate
  • Reduce maintenance downtime by eliminating glue applicator and spray nozzles from the process
  • Increase production uptime and lower process waste through process simplification and robustness
  • With a wide array of ultrasonic bonding technologies every elastic attachment application can be produced using ultrasonic joining

related Technologies

Continuous Bonding with Rotary or Rigid Ultrasonic Horn 

Our Adhesive Free Elastic Entrapment solution consists of a high-speed ultrasonic bonding system to attach elastic strands to nonwovens without adhesive. Elastic strands and nonwoven substrates are bonded as they pass through a high-speed rotary ultrasonic drum and anvil.

Features/Benefits include:

  • Effective, high-speed product processing
  • Allows continuous or intermittent bonding
  • Eliminates loss of elastic performance caused by creep
  • Highly adaptable to your existing machinery

Automation Ready Ultrasonic Generators

  • Capable of plunge and continuous bonding
  • Multiple Welding Modes designed to meet various requirement of your PPE Mask applications
  • Industry 4.0 ready power supply with patented Trigger by Power™ feature to ensure consistent welds
  • Wide range of models with Power Levels of 600 & 1200 watts & frequencies of 20, 30, 35 & 40 kHz
  • Quick & Easy Integration into electrical panels with easy access to connectors and cables
  • Turnkey PLC and HMI (iQLinQ™) code is provided for easy integration/time saving

Optimizing Horn Design to Improve the Performance

  • Finite Element Analysis is used to simulate a horn’s performance before it is manufactured
  •  Based on the analysis tooling engineers make changes in the design that helps in reducing stress and amplitude variation 
  • Optimizes the performance and provides the best welding results

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