Ultrasonic welding platform handles small plastic parts

December 07, 2018 // By Julien Happich
Emerson's IIoT-enabled Branson GSX Platform provides precise control for faster, repeatable, high quality welding of intricate components, meeting the growing demand for the assembly of smaller and more intricate plastic components.

Plastic components across the medical, electronics, and automotive industries are becoming increasingly miniaturized, with embedded electronics, intricate designs and thinner plastic walls. Conventional welders with high or crushing trigger forces inhibit customers to safely weld small and fragile parts. The Branson GSX Platform is an electro-mechanical advanced actuation system that provides unprecedented control and position accuracy, combining servo-mechanism, software optimization and Branson proprietary dynamic follow-through to enable a broad range of trigger forces to be applied, including the industry’s lowest, ensuring weld precision and control.

The highly configurable GSX welding platform enables customers to accommodate many different parts and application types by using an array of welding parameters and actuation modes during a single weld. This ensures better, consistent, quality welds leading to fewer rejects. Using a multicore processor and a linear encoder drive, the multi-tier advanced actuation system can be instantaneously adjusted based on real-time feedback. This ensures the same level of precision and repeatability across multiple welders.

The modular GSX Platform forms the basis for a wide range of models to be launched over the next two years, each designed to suit the needs of specific customer applications.

By offering easy integration into a digital environment and standardized transfer of relevant data, the GSX Platform is Industry 4.0/IIoT-enabled, providing access to actionable performance and diagnostic data, supporting production efficiency, traceability and maintenance improvements.
The GSX features simple and intuitive software, supported by 4” and 12” touchscreen HMIs, which enable operators to perform faster, correct set-ups and reduce application testing time.

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