Emerson has introduced the Branson GLX Micro Laser Welder for supporting the manufacture of smaller and more delicate plastic parts used in the medical and consumer electronics industries. The benchtop version of the GLX Series employs advanced laser technology and low clamp force to produce precise, clean, and repeatable welds for aesthetic quality and performance.
“There is increasing demand for smaller and more intricate high-quality plastic components for the medical and consumer electronics markets,” explained Priyank Kishor, global product manager for Branson products at Emerson’s Automation Solutions business, in a news release. “By offering advanced welding performance and an unrivalled clamp force, the GLX Micro laser welder enables manufacturers to design and efficiently produce the highest quality products.”
The GLX Micro uses the patented Simultaneous Through-Transmission Infrared (STTlr) laser welding technology, which fires all lasers simultaneously to heat, melt, and bond parts along the entire weld surface in 0.5 to 5 seconds, depending on material and geometric complexity. This method is highly repeatable and stable, helping to increase production throughput, the company reported.
STTlr eliminates the use of friction, which may generate flash and particulates, thereby delivering smooth and barely visible weld lines. Highly complex 3D contours can be accommodated, allowing designers to create parts for maximum functionality and ergonomic appeal.
The GLX-micro achieves a clamp force of 1 Newton, which allows the joining of small and very delicate parts, including those with embedded electronics and sensors.
The GLX Micro is cleanroom compatible and features a stainless-steel design; it is powered from a remote electrical cabinet that can be positioned outside the production area. To support traceability, production data, including weld depth and clamp force, is available in a range of formats and can be outputted to the manufacturing execution system, the company reported.