Sonoweld™Digital Metal Spot Welders are a new series of multi-functional, multiprocessor-controlled spot welders, with wire-to-terminal welding also possible through the use of additional tooling. The product can reportedly join up to ten stranded wires from a flat flexible circuit to multi-connection terminals in a single pulse. "The Sonoweld helps solve one of the cumbersome manufacturing steps in the burgeoning digital electronics industry," says contest judge Lawrence Cartwright of Carnegie Mellon. "With the onset of more and more digital equipment, interfaces, and add-on devices, the need to attach multi-pin edge connectors effectively and reliably can constrain the production process. The Sonoweld is a reliable and elegant solution to the problem."
Sonobond Ultrasonics, 1191 McDermott Drive, West Chester, PA 19382; FAX 610-692-0674; www. sonobondultrasonic.com.
Designed for fast, flexible, and accurate chip placement, the KE-2030 machine can reportedly place up to 20,000 components per hour. Features include two multi-nozzle laser heads, which are said to pick up a range of components as small as 0201 chips, or as big as 26.5 x 11 mm. Three placement modes are available.
Juki Automation Systems, 507 Airport Blvd, Morrisville, NC 27560; FAX (919) 469-0480; www.jas-smt.com.
PFP™self-clinching panel fasteners from this company feature an external thread and a functional and decorative plastic knob, and are said to offer a low-cost alternative to conventional all-metal panel fasteners. The fastener can be installed either by hand or with a power driver, while the elimination of spring loading from the design is said to prevent damaging.
Penn Engineering & Mfg. Corp. , 5190 Old Easton Rd., Danboro, PA 18916-1000; FAX (215) 766-0143; www.pemnet.com.
MA 1000 Series methacrylate adhesives are designed for use with "green" composites, thin wall thermoplastics, and thin metals where other methods of assembly show read-through of bondlines. The product is said to require virtually no surface preparation, while providing long term durability. It has a reported working time of 4-6 minutes and achieves 75% of ultimate strength in 15-20 minutes.
ITW Plexus, 30 Endicott St., Danvers, MA 01923; FAX (978) 774-0516; www.itwplexus.com.
Tube fittings from this company are designed to help installers make more consistent, leak-tight, high-performance tube connections in instrumentation, industrial, and hydraulic applications. The design is said to efficiently absorb and redirect installation torque, providing gas-tight sealing and remakes, while also providing vibration resistance through greater isolation and support for the tube.
Swagelok, 31400 Aurora Rd., Solon, OH 44139-2764; FAX (440) 349 5806; www.swagelok.com.
Dual Lock™Low Profile Reclosable Fasteners are designed to secure panels, point of purchase displays, frames, electronic devices, ceiling panels, and other items that require easy access and a sure hold. The product is said to have a thin profile, light weight, clear color, flexibility, and vibration damping features. It is also said to eliminate holes while providing a stronger hold than hook and loop fasteners.
3M Bonding System Div., Bonding Systems Div., 3M Center, St. Paul, MN 55144; FAX (651) 733-0846; www.3m.com/ reclosables.
The radius Control Module provides the BCSI recommended 1 inch minimum bend radius for fiber optic cables, which assures consistent data transmission. The product is constructed of UL94V-O flame retardant impact resistant polycarbonate, is rigid enough to withstand large bundle loads, and installs by clipping onto sheet metal or mounting perpendicularly to a surface with screws.
Device Technologies , 3 Brigham St., Marlborough, MA 01752; www.devicetec.com.
Integrated Servo Dispenser (ISD) Meter is an integrated, servo-driven shot metering system designed for use in a robot workcell. The product is high volume, double acting, and positive displacement, and is designed for dispensing of high viscosity sealants without interruption for reloading. Features include a closed loop flow control when integrated with the Fanuc Robotics servomotor.
Sealant Equipment & Engineering, Box 701460, Plymouth, MI 48170; FAX (734) 459-8686; www.sealantequipment.com.
900 Series adhesives are a low-odor addition to this company's line of methacrylate structural adhesives. Designed for bonding thermoplastics, composites, FRP, metals, and dissimilar materials, the product is said to provide the same performance as other products in the line, but with 90% less odor.
The product is also said to have very low VOC emissions, and is 100% recyclable.
ITW Plexus , 30 Endicott St., Danvers, MA 01923; FAX (978) 774-0516; www.itwplexus.com.
Lokstik™is a thread locker designed for fixturing handles of assembly and cleaning tools in industrial and consumer applications. It uses a specially formulated polymeric material formed into a flat, hub-and-spoke configuration which provides a universal locking solution for all common handles.
Performance Plastic Fasteners , 92 Oak Rise Dr., Freehold, NJ 07728; FAX (732) 683-0974; www.plasticfasteners.com.
Metal Welder™is a high-performance methacrylate structural adhesive for bonding metals and dissimilar substrates. The product is said to have superior impact and peel resistance, high strength, and durable bonds with a shear strength of up to 2,800 psi. Applications include the bonding of aluminum, cold rolled and stainless steel, and bonding metal to plastics.
Devcon , 30 Endicott St., Danvers, MA 01923; FAX (978) 774-0516; www.devcon.com.
This line of products is designed to protect the plastic components of an assembly from the compressive loads generated by the tightening of bolts. When a bolt is installed, the compression limiter will absorb the clamping loads of the bolt without exceeding the elastic strength of the plastic. The product is available in both split seam and solid knurled designs.
Spirol Int'l. Corp. , 30 Rock Ave., Danielson, CT 06239-1434; FAX (860) 774-2048; www.spirol.com.
In-Line Strain-Relief Bushings from this company are designed to be used on new, heavier SPT-2 cord and table, task, and floor lights for residential and commercial use. The product is said to grip the cord without the need to be installed in the chassis and features a low-profile rectangular design which allows it to be installed by hand to any length of cord without the use of knots or tools.
Heyco Products Inc. , 1800 Industrial Way N., Box 517, Toms River, NJ 08755; FAX (732) 244-8843; www.heyco.com.
Wire Tie Down Studs from this company are designed to be a reliable and aesthetically pleasing alternative to traditional screw and adhesive fasteners. The product is designed to be held by a welding tool, finish flush, and resist pull-off. The studs are welded into place, eliminating the need for attachment holes, and are said to be suitable for heavy duty construction equipment, industrial control boxes, or telephone junction boxes.
Image Industries Inc. , 382 Balm Ct., Wood Dale, IL 60191; FAX (630) 766-2402.
E-Z Clip™A/C fitting systems are designed to provide simple and reliable field servicing of air conditioning and refrigeration equipment. Features include GH134 multi-refrigerant veneer hose as the focus of the system, the E-Z clip nipple with HNBR O-Rings on the outer diameter, and a fitting retention system.
Eaton , Box 631, 3000 Strayer Rd., Maumee, OH 43537; www.eaton.com.