Extol Inc., a custom machinery and automated assembly maker and systems integrator in Zeeland, Mich., has entered the market for welding machines for joining plastic parts, with a line of standard products.
Extol has set up a Plastics Equipment Group. According to the group's national sales manager, Bill Reed, the majority of the company's custom projects have involved plastics manufacturing. Extol will use its experience in high-speed automation to offer complete systems, including the welding and other equipment, for inspection and assembly, he said.
Extol debuted its welders at NPE 2006: the 1524 Rapid Conductor hot-plate welder, the Vortex spin welder and InfraStake equipment, which uses an Extol-patented process that welds with focused infrared energy as a clean, consistent replacement for the heat-staking process.
The company also sells ultrasonic welders from Hermann Ultrasonics Inc.
Extol is owned by brothers Ross and Chip VanKlompenberg. The 80-employee company operates in a 47,000-square-foot plant. Its background is in custom equipment for automotive, office furniture, medical and consumer products. Reed said automotive accounts for about 80 percent of Extol's business.
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