CHICAGO (Aug. 7, 5:40 p.m. EDT) — Welding systems provider Sonics & Materials Inc. of Newtown, Conn., showed the X-Press 20-kilohertz integrated ultrasonic welding press with a built-in microprocessor. The X-Press costs less than $9,000 and entered the market in late 2005, said Mark Caldwell, national sales manager.
The X-Press has a single-piece, cast-aluminum machine base and column hub along with accessible front-panel pneumatic and microprocessor controls. Previously, with Sonics' Model 2050 press, the machine and controls were housed separately.
In addition, Sonics showed at NPE in Chicago a line of GX Series power supplies for ultrasonic plastics welding with a price of $9,000-$15,000.
The line of microprocessor-controlled ultrasonic generators was designed for Sonics' 20- and 40-kHz welding frequencies and is available for existing and new models of the firm's ultrasonic welding presses and actuators.
Each GX Series unit is more than 30 percent smaller than models in the firm's previous E and F series. Sonics reconfigured the keypad for data entry with easy-to-understand language displays and logical command flow.
All GX units have automatic frequency tuning.