Welding solutions Emerson eyes the future of automated plastic joining
At K 2022, Emerson showcased automated solutions for plastics joining, highlighting Branson welding equipment and expertise. The new Branson GLX-1 laser welder was presented for the first time at the trade fair in Düsseldorf, Germany.
The Branson range of welding machines from Emerson, and the advanced automation systems they enable, make it possible for manufacturers to join challenging materials and complex shapes in sizes from very small to large. Industry 4.0/IIoT (industrial internet of things) capabilities allow users to collect and analyze data that help improve plant performance and ensure weld precision, consistency, quality and aesthetics.
Presented for the first time at K 2022, the new Branson GLX-1 laser welder is an efficient, highly automated, connected system that maximizes efficiency and optimizes equipment effectiveness. It addresses demand for welding units that can join small, complex, often delicate plastics components with cycle times, weld strength and aesthetics that are superior to those that are possible using most other welding methods. The new GLX-1 laser welder has a small footprint, integrating seamlessly into automated joining systems. It is Industry 4.0/IIoT-capable, delivering actionable operational data over USB and OPC-UA interfaces. The welder is available with one to three laser banks, each with a maximum of 125 W of power. Close-loop-controlled pneumatic actuation delivers 400 N, 600 N or 1,800 N of clamp force over maximum stroke lengths of 75 mm in the smaller unit and 152 mm in the two larger models. The 12-inch touch-screen human machine interface (HMI) is mounted on a swiveling pendant arm for easy viewing at convenient angles.