Articles by Miranda Marcus

Comparing Methods for Plastics Assembly

Engineers have myriad options for joining plastic parts. Which is best for your application?

There are quite a few options for welding plastic parts, including ultrasonics, laser, hot plate and radio frequency. Additionally, parts can be mechanically joined via fasteners, snap fits or adhesives. Each of these processes has certain advantages and disadvantages for production, and each requires vastly different part and joint designs.


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Potential Pitfalls in Ultrasonic Plastic Welding

These tips can help you avoid problems with ultrasonic welding.


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The Benefits of Servo-Driven Ultrasonic Welding

Servo-driven ultrasonic welders can match welding speed to the melt flow rate of the plastic.

In ultrasonic plastic welding, three process variables directly affect weld quality: amplitude, duration and force.


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Behind the Scenes at Ford's Michigan Assembly Plant

People are the heart and soul of the 2012 Assembly Plant of the Year. This slideshow shows some of the men and women who build three different types of electrified vehicles alongside traditional gas-powered cars on the auto industry’s most flexible assembly line—Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, MI. Photos courtesy Ford Motor Co.

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Welding: Principles & Practices

This text introduces students to a solid background in the basic principles and practices of welding.

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