Emerson’s New Ultrasonic Welding Platform Meets Challenges of Critical Small Plastic Part Assembly

IIoT-enabled Branson GSX Platform provides precise control for faster, repeatable, high quality welding of intricate components

Emerson has launched a new generation of ultrasonic welders that support the growing demand for the assembly of smaller and more intricate plastic components. The Branson GSX Ultrasonic Welding Platform is an advanced and intuitive flexible joining solution, designed to optimize and ensure quality welds, while helping manufacturers meet project timelines and deliver expected return on investments.

Plastic components across the medical, electronics, and automotive industries are becoming increasingly miniaturized, with embedded electronics, intricate designs and thinner plastic walls. Conventional welders with high or crushing trigger forces inhibit customers to safely weld small and fragile parts. To meet this challenge, Emerson has developed an Electro-Mechanical Advanced Actuation System that provides unprecedented control and position accuracy. This leverages Branson’s 70+ years of ultrasonic application experience and combines servo-mechanism, software optimization and Branson proprietary dynamic follow-through to enable a broad range of trigger forces to be applied, including the industry’s lowest, ensuring weld precision and control. The Advanced Actuation System also enables the GSX to improve position accuracy, leading to faster, high performance welding of very fragile and intricate components.

The highly configurable GSX welding platform enables customers to accommodate many different parts and application types by using an array of welding parameters and actuation modes during a single weld. This ensures better, consistent, quality welds leading to fewer rejects. Using a multicore processor and a linear encoder drive, the multi-tier advanced actuation system can be instantaneously adjusted based on real-time feedback. This ensures the same level of precision and repeatability across multiple welders.

The modular GSX Platform forms the basis for a wide range of models to be launched over the next two years, each designed to suit the needs of specific customer applications. The platform can be configured for all customer environments, ranging from standalone benchtop systems to semi- and fully-automated

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