Model 401 is the benchtop model for four zones designed for heat staking, thermal insertion, swaging, degating and date stamping.
Leveling plate - The Self-Adjusting Dynamic Fixture Plate is designed to significantly reduce part marking and setup time for parts with deep and/or complex contours. It is used to support and self-align parts for ultrasonic welding. The plate is designed to allow quick, easy setup of parts having deep or complex contours.
Plastic Joining Overview Brochure
Thermal 401 Brochure
Thermal Staking Design Guide
In thermal staking, also referred to as 'heat staking, heading or riveting,' the controlled flow of the molten plastic is used to capture or retain another component, joining plastic to plastic or metal or another type of material (e.g., printed circuit board).
In thermal insertion a metal insert is placed in a cored or drilled hole, which is slightly smaller than the insert. This hole provides a certain degree of interference and also serves to guide the insert into place. The heat from the thermal tip travels through the insert to the interface of the metal and plastic. Heat generated by the thermal tip causes the plastic to melt, and as the thermal tip advances, the insert is imbedded into the component. The molten plastic flows into the serrations, flutes, or undercuts of the insert, and when the heat source retracts, the plastic resolidifies and the insert is securely encapsulated in place. Inserts that can be installed by thermal insertion include a variety of bushings, terminals, ferrules, hubs, pivots, retainers, feed-through fittings, fasteners, hinge plates, binding posts, handle-locating pins and decorative attachments.