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Custom Valve Assembly for Ultrasonic Welding by Humphrey Products

Posted by Kelly Howe on September 16, 2014 09:00 AM

Engineering Solution - This post is brought to you by Humphrey Products.

Ultrasonic welding is a method of joining two nonferrous metal pieces using high frequency acoustic vibrations to create a strong metallurgical bond without heat, solder or flux.

The high power vibrations are transmitted through a specially designed velocity transformer called a “horn” to the clamped workpiece. The vibrations disrupt the oxide layer at the mating surface causing the metal atoms to diffuse from one piece to the other. This creates a cross-linking that produces a true bond.


Customer Requirements

  • To ensure the highest possible weld quality, a pneumatic flow control device must provide precise, repeatable control over the position of the velocity transformer (“horn”).

The Humphrey Engineered Solution

  • Created a custom valve assembly that fit the requirements for shape and mounting.
  • Incorporates Humphrey’s proven diaphragm poppet design with a flow control needle valve.
  • Custom single turn control knob with graduated index.
  • Single rotation from fully open to fully closed.

The Solution and Process

Ultrasonic welding is rapidly becoming the accepted method for joining non-ferrous metals and copper wire in many electrical and electronic applications. Its fast cycle time (typically under 1 second), the elimination of joining materials, and the low energy consumption greatly reduce production costs. Plus, the consistent quality of the bond is superior to that created by conventional soldering and welding techniques.

Working on an engineer-to-engineer basis, the Humphrey Engineered Solutions team developed a custom flow control device that contained a 2-stage custom needle valve. This delivered linear flow from fully closed to fully open with a single rotation of the control knob. As a result, the operator could precisely control the position the horn. Other design features included custom porting and a compact size that fit into a specific, predetermined area.

Failing to find any standard flow control devices that met the design requirements, the customer contacted Humphrey. Working closely with the customer’s engineering department, the Engineered Solutions team developed a custom assembly that met all the parameters. While cost was a consideration, the benefits of improved equipment performance could easily be justified.

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Topics: engineered solutions, humphrey products, Pneumatic Valve