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Jason Barton
National Sales & Marketing Manager
(630) 797-4902

New Thermal Press Focuses on Easy Customization and Expandability

A new line of heat inserting and heat staking plastic welders features six advanced design innovations to overcome the limitations of existing units. The most serious design flaw in existing thermal presses is their limited expandability and customization. To install a new heater in an older press, knockouts have to be removed, the controller and relays must be
installed, then hand wired to a terminal strip and labeled. Removing the controller leaves a gaping hole in the panel. A goal of the new design is to enable rapid field reconfiguration by attaching a new module and plugging it in to the expansion connectors on the wiring harness.

New features designed into the thermal presses are an ultra-rigid H-frame to eliminate flexing and a pre-wired harness with connectors for both low-voltage controllers and high-voltage heaters. The low-voltage harness has six connectors to run six zones. The high-voltage for the heaters are simply daisy-chained from one module to the next. The controllers are plug-in modular units with Master/Slave capability. Each Master controller can power up to three heaters plus three more Slave modules which can also each power three heaters. A rugged touchscreen LCD display makes the unit easy to use. A setup mode jogs the head down for quick probe alignment. The H-frame is also radially adjustable � 10�. The presses are preprogrammed to accept optional slide kits, post cooling, fixture clamping and optical switches.

The new thermal press design offers features not previously available in a standard unit. Their modularity and user customization permit them to be quickly adapted to new requirements. The new thermal presses feature Dukane's new MATP� Thermal Probes which have recently been released. The new presses will also accept conventional thermal probes and platen-style tooling.

Dukane offers a full range of ultrasonic, vibration, spin and hot plate welders, thermal presses, probes, tooling and software for both OEM and the commercial plastic assembly markets. Dukane is an ISO 9001:2000 certified manufacturer with 24/7 Service. For more information on Dukane's 15kHz Ultrasonic Assembly System, and their complete line of plastic assembly solutions, contact Jason Barton, National Sales and Marketing Manager. He can be reached at (630) 797-4902 or visit their web site