CHICAGO (June 26, 4:15 p.m. EDT) — Responding to customer pressure to offer broader services, Dukane Ultrasonics unveiled several new types of welding technologies at NPE in Chicago.
As part of the corporate makeover, the St. Charles, Ill., company will change its name. President Jeff Sherry said the new name has been picked out, but he declined to say it until the parent company, Dukane Corp., approves.
But the idea is to shed the image as just a supplier of ultrasonic technology. The firm unveiled vibration, spin, thermal press and hot-plate welding.
"We are not just Dukane Ultrasonics," said Mike Johnston, national sales and marketing manager. "We are Dukane plastics assembly solutions."
The company developed all the new technology in-house, with research and development help from its parent company, which also makes hospital communications equipment, audiovisual machines and locator devices for the black boxes that help find airplanes that have crashed.
In welding, the firm rolled out a vibration welder to handle large or irregularly shaped parts. The company has six models, with 10, 15 and 20 horsepower.
The firm also has developed a standard hot-plate welder, and will continue to provide custom hot-plate welding equipment through a supply agreement with another manufacturer.
Dukane also introduced a spin welder, in 3- and 5-horsepower models, with a range of 300-3,500 revolutions per minute.
Other introductions include a thermal press, a 40-kHz mini-slitter for fabric and film, and a 15-kHz ultrasonic welder that offers a lower frequency that can weld larger parts than the 20- and 40-kHz machines previously offered, Johnston said.
The company´s customers want it to provide a more complete line of equipment for their joining and assembly, particularly in the automotive and medical markets, Sherry said.
"There´s much more outsourcing," he said. "They are putting more demands on us and want to do one-source shopping. You have to be an integrator."
The division has boosted both space and employees by about 25 percent, by using resources from its parent company, which also manufactures in the same location in St. Charles, Sherry said.