TWI partnered with plastic welding specialists Branson Ultrasonics to deliver 'New developments in plastics welding', a technical seminar held at TWI's new facilities on 2 December 2015.
The event, part of The Welding Institute's series of Technical Group meetings, attracted over 60 delegates representing Member and non-Member companies aiming to gain a better understanding of new plastics welding technologies and processes.
The seminar featured a series of presentations from TWI and Branson Ultrasonics experts on topics including laser, vibration and friction stir welding, the use of computed tomography in failure investigations, and ultrasonic staking. George Thirlaway from Jaguar Land Rover also gave a presentation on 'Joining quality issues in the automotive industry'.
Demonstrations included the latest laser and ultrasonic welding equipment from Branson Ultrasonics, plus TWI's micro computed tomography and phased array ultrasonic inspection systems.
Dr Mike Troughton, chair of the Polymers Technical Group, said, 'This event was extremely well attended with some very positive feedback received. Many delegates were keen to increase their knowledge of the advances in this technology, and to learn more about plastic welding processes in general. TWI Technical Groups cover specific areas of technology and enable Members and non-Members to keep in touch with latest developments and discuss topics of mutual interest.'
Technical Groups meet once or twice a year, at different locations both in the UK and worldwide. For further information on future Polymer Technical Group meetings please contact Dr Amir Khamsehnezhad on +44(0)1223 899174 or visit the website.
Technology and training in polymer welding
TWI offers a number of services relating to the welding of polymers, including process selection and optimisation, testing, joint design, training, equipment and expert advice.
TWI Training and Examination Services' 'Welding of Moulded Plastics Components' course was developed as a result of TWI's work for the automotive industry, reviewing welding procedures and design guidelines for moulded plastic components to guard against failure in service. This training course offers guidance and best practice on welding techniques and is suitable for those working in high-tech industries such as automotive, medical and domestic appliance, where there is a requirement for the design of complex systems involving parts to be welded.
For more information about TWI's work in polymer welding please contact Dr Mike Troughton on +44(0)1223 899439, or to enquire about the welding of moulded plastics components training course please contact Dr Farshad Salamat-Zadeh on +44(0)1223 899552.