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ANOTHER New Toy — Playing with RFSSW

A few years ago, I wrote about the excitement of a new toy here at EWI. Since then, we’ve gotten several other new toys, but not one as close to my heart as the baby we just unwrapped! EWI recently took possession of a new Harms and Wende RPS100-K12 RFSSW machine! Woohoo! You have no idea […]

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The Crazy Brilliance of Radio Frequency Welding

The Crazy Brilliance of Radio Frequency Welding When it comes to welding plastics, three contributing factors matter: heat, force, and duration. While there are multiple ways of controlling and applying each of these, the heating method defines the welding process: Welding Process Heating Method Vibration Surface Friction (linear) Spin Surface Friction (rotational) Hot Plate Conductive […]

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Manufacturing Innovation for the Common Man – Laser Paint Stripping (Part 2 of 8)

So I’m not what you would call a handy person around the house and I generally pass on home projects unless forced to act.  In fact I pretty much epitomize the quote “If a man says he will fix it he will. There is no need to remind him every six months about it.” I […]

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Lightweighting for Heavy Manufacturing

Lightweighting is a process of replacing a material with another to reduce weight while maintaining performance. Automotive reduces weight to improve fuel efficiency primarily since the payload itself is fairly constant. Aerospace uses lightweigting to increase payload and range. In that respect, the advantage of lightweighting for heavy manufacturing is closer to that for the […]

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