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ith its Pressurex® pressureindicating sensor film, Sensor Products Inc. provides a solution for determining weld area pressure distribution. According to the company, this film can be used to ensure uniform pressure economically and precisely.
Fig. 1: Using Pressurex® for setup in ultrasonic welding

Precise mapping

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EQUIPMENT
Welding

Increasing bond strength and reducing defects in ultrasonic welding
Pressure adjustment

The ultrasonic welding technique, which uses high-frequency ultrasonic acoustic vibrations to create solid-state welds, is becoming more popular for composite materials such as carbon fibre. To optimize the weld and prevent defects, the horn and anvil must be precisely aligned during set-up so that the horn exerts uniform pressure across the entire weld area. Here is one solution.
bonder, the film instantaneously and permanently changes colour in direct proportion to the actual pressure applied. The precise pressure magnitude (PSI or kg/cm²) is then easily determined by comparing colour variation results to a colour correlation chart (conceptually similar to interpreting Litmus paper, Fig.2). If desired, the film can be further analyzed. Pressurex® is extremely thin (0.10 to 0.20 mm) and flexible, which enables it to conform to curved surfaces. These pressure maps show that there are pressure variations across the weld zone that can result in less than optimal weld strength.

The routine use of Pressurex® during ultrasonic welding set-up helps ensure proper contact pressure and alignment between the horn and anvil (Figure 1).

This results in welds of greater bond strength, and also helps to reduce the incidence of rejected products, thereby lowering base factory costs.

Pressurex® is an easy-to-use tool that reveals the distribution and magnitude of pressure between any two contacting surfaces. When placed between the horn and the anvil of the ultrasonic

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Such variations are generally caused by a lack of alignment between the horn and anvil, or by dirt or residue on the horn. To fix these conditions during set-up, the operator has to proceed as follows: 1) turn on the ultrasonic welder and set the supply air pressure; 2) place a flat gauge on the contact

Headquartered in New Jersey and established in 1990, Sensor Products Inc. is a manufacturer and distributor of tactile pressure sensing solutions. Their customized and off-the-shelf products are installed within all of the Fortune 500 industrial companies as well as thousands of smaller manufacturing firms. Their sensors are used in applications as diverse as tyre testing or semiconductor manufacturing, and from R&D labs to space missions. Additionally, Sensor Products provides in-house and on-site stress and pressure mapping analysis, as well as a variety of regional technical seminars.

About Sensor Products

Fig. 2: Pressurex® pressure profile after image analysis

point of the anvil to simulate the thickness of the parts to be welded; 3) lower the horn onto the flat gauge to calibrate the height setting; 4) align the horn tip and the anvil; 5) place Pressurex® on top of the flat gauge and lower the horn to exert light pressure on the film as shown; and 6) adjust the horn tip as needed through repeated set-ups with the sensor film. The set-up is correct when the pressure density on the film is uniform in colour. More information: www.sensorprod.com


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NEWS WORLDWIDE
Companies
Spirit AeroSystems and GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes enter into agreements
CTRM and CTL to commercialize composites testing in Asia
IDI Composites International announces installation of automated BMC production line
Umeco and Shanghai Leadgo Technology form a joint venture in China
SAIC awarded USD 11 million contract to deliver manufacturing facility for composite building materials
Airbus completes allocation of A350 XWB airframe work packages to China
Hexagon Composites signs new major contract with Daimler AG
National Aerospace Laboratories: incisive know-how
Innovations - Twelve companies rewarded by JEC and CCE for their composites innovations
Agenda of events
Equipment: Welding - Increasing bond strength and reducing defects in ultrasonic welding
BUSINESS
Market survey - Aerospace composites in Quebec: a wealth of players and R&D
AN INTERVIEW WITH JACQUES CABANA PRESIDENT & GENERAL MANAGER FDC COMPOSITES Inc.
Niche Market - Tool-side breathing allows BAE Systems to manufacture its new UAV
Trend - Composites and the carbon label
FEATURE - AUTOMOTIVE
Data - World ranking of manufacturers years 2009
Trend -Formula One experience to drive forward other industries
Application - BMW's MCV, the first mass produced car with a carbon passenger cell
An interesting solution for NASCAR race engine alternators
Prepreg materials investigated as a storage battery for future cars
Research & Development - Lamborghini prepares for the future with a new carbon-fibre research development
Environment - How adhesives reduce emissions, minimize waste and improve recycling
FRP recycling in Europe, North America and the Pacific Rim area
USER'S PLATFORM
Composites in the world - Agile as a snake for ice climbing
Recyclable emergency snow shovel
Superbus: an innovative public transport concept
Successful partners - Conseil & Technique, an SME dedicated to the development of new products
Application - Advanced graphite composite bipolar plate for fuel cells
KNOW-HOW
Software - four factors drive the development of superior wind blades
Simulation - Bespoke simulation for thermoplastic composite
Raw material - Latent acid catalysts for process control phenolics
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #61 - November/December 2010 - Hexagon Composites signs new major contract with Daimler AG
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #61 - November/December 2010 - National Aerospace Laboratories: incisive know-how
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #61 - November/December 2010 - Innovations - Twelve companies rewarded by JEC and CCE for their composites innovations
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #61 - November/December 2010 - Agenda of events
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #61 - November/December 2010 - Equipment: Welding - Increasing bond strength and reducing defects in ultrasonic welding
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #61 - November/December 2010 - Market survey - Aerospace composites in Quebec: a wealth of players and R&D
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #61 - November/December 2010 - AN INTERVIEW WITH JACQUES CABANA PRESIDENT & GENERAL MANAGER FDC COMPOSITES Inc.
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #61 - November/December 2010 - Niche Market - Tool-side breathing allows BAE Systems to manufacture its new UAV
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #61 - November/December 2010 - Trend - Composites and the carbon label
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #61 - November/December 2010 - Data - World ranking of manufacturers years 2009
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #61 - November/December 2010 - Trend -Formula One experience to drive forward other industries
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #61 - November/December 2010 - Application - BMW's MCV, the first mass produced car with a carbon passenger cell
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #61 - November/December 2010 - An interesting solution for NASCAR race engine alternators
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #61 - November/December 2010 - Prepreg materials investigated as a storage battery for future cars
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #61 - November/December 2010 - Research & Development - Lamborghini prepares for the future with a new carbon-fibre research development
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #61 - November/December 2010 - Environment - How adhesives reduce emissions, minimize waste and improve recycling
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #61 - November/December 2010 - FRP recycling in Europe, North America and the Pacific Rim area
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #61 - November/December 2010 - Superbus: an innovative public transport concept
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #61 - November/December 2010 - Successful partners - Conseil & Technique, an SME dedicated to the development of new products
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #61 - November/December 2010 - Application - Advanced graphite composite bipolar plate for fuel cells
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #61 - November/December 2010 - Software - four factors drive the development of superior wind blades
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #61 - November/December 2010 - Simulation - Bespoke simulation for thermoplastic composite
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #61 - November/December 2010 - Raw material - Latent acid catalysts for process control phenolics
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