What Is Industrial Impulse Welding?

March 31, 2020

Impulse welding bonds together thermoplastics, using two heated bars. These bars apply pressure to the seam while heat pulses throughout, resulting in a clean, crisp and wrinkle-free seam. Weld times typically vary by material, but once the set time is completed, liquid flows through the bars to cool down the material, resulting in an improved seam appearance.

Impulse welding technologies are a favorable choice with their clean seams, energy efficiency and versatility.

With so many industrial fabric welding solutions on the market, it can be challenging to find the right technology for your specific needs. To help determine whether impulse welding is the right solution for your company, we’ve broken down the benefits and unique characteristics of impulse welding machines, below. 

Production Floor Flexibility, Energy Savings and More: Top Benefits of Impulse Welding Machines 

Material impulse welding allows manufacturers to control welding time, temperature and pressure, all with the press of a button. All skill levels can manage impulse welders and achieve the same result every time. While these welding machines allow for flexibility on the production floor, they also offer these additional benefits: 

  • Create consistent, clean seams in minutes. Industrial impulse welders enhance production quality by providing the cleanest seams. Simple welding patterns enable the machine to perform tasks with precision.
  • Save time and energy. Impulse welding machines consume less energy than other welding technologies, saving on production costs. Additionally, impulse welders reduce start-up time and energy, thanks to the heated bars that reach extreme temperatures almost instantly.
  • Improve safety and avoid risk of injury. Impulse welding machines’ heating elements are not hot at all time, lowering the risk of injury.
  • Create strong seams for diverse manufacturing jobs. Industrial impulse welding technology can manufacture awnings, banners, blinds, inflatables, pools, shades and more.

Common Uses for Impulse Welding Technology

Impulse welding is a smart choice for projects that work with low- to medium-thickness heat sealable materials, as well as acrylic fabrics for awning and marine use.  

Impulse welding incorporates an effective thermo-impulse seaming technology with precision-controlled welding parameters that can create the best looking and strongest seams for thermoplastics. It’s important to note that because impulse welding technologies rely on conduction of heat through the fabrics, the thickness that can be joined is sometimes limited. 

Thermoplastics that work best with impulse welding include polyethylene, polypropylene, polycarbonate and other outdoor materials like awnings that require a specifically designed welding type.

If you manufacture one or more of the following products, impulse welding technology could help streamline your production process:

  • Awnings
  • Blinds
  • Banners
  • Shades

Impulse welding machines can also perform miscellaneous tasks including joining panels, applying reinforcement or zippers to fabrics, and creating industrial folds or pockets. 

How to Determine Which Welding Technology Is Right for Your Process, Product or Application 

There are many factors that go into choosing the right technology for your company and employees. To properly evaluate whether a welding technology is right for you, be sure to consider these questions:

  • What types of thermoplastic materials am I looking to weld?
  • How thick are the materials I need to weld? Are they too thick for impulse welding?
  • Does the end product require certain accessories such as zippers and pockets? Would my team get use from these functionalities?
  • What does the end product look like? Does it require the ability to create curvy, shaped seams, or long, straight seams? Impulse welding technology performs best using simple welding patterns.
  • Could an impulse welding machine accommodate all of our needs? Or might we need multiple technologies to get the job done?
  • How much time do I have to train my team on new technologies? Impulse welders are simple to teach, using less downtime for training purposes. 

To determine if an industrial impulse welder is the best solution for your products, talk to an expert today.

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