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Welding Spotlight

Polymer Sheet

King Plastic’s polymer sheets work like wood and lasts a lifetime. The polymer sheets can be fabricated using common working tools and techniques.

A plastic welding technique called hot gas (air) welding, uses a heat gun, known as a hot air welder, and creates hot air to melt the two pieces of polymer together with a plastic filler rod. The polymer sheet can easily bend into the desired shape using a heat gun or bending bar.

King Plastic is a leading manufacturer of quality polymer sheets, slabs and massive shapes. With over 20 product brands to choose from, for all types of commercial and residential applications; outdoor furniture, cabinets, restroom partitions, signage and many more, King has a polymer sheet to meet your needs. For more information, contact Michael Fabbri, King Plastic Corporation, 1100 N. Toledo Blade Blvd., North Port, FL 34288, 941-493-5502, Fax: 941-497-3274, Email: sales@kingplastic. com, Web: www.kingplastic.com.

For more information, contact Michael Fabbri, King Plastic Corporation, 1100 N. Toledo Blade Blvd., North Port, FL 34288, 941-493-5502, Fax: 941-497-3274, Email: sales@kingplastic.com, Web: www.kingplastic.com.


Compact Butt Welding Machines

WEGENER is pleased to present the SC series compact butt welding machines for processing sheet material up to ¾” thickness (2 ¼” for hollow wall sheet). These compact sheet butt welders offer many of the same capabilities as the well-known SM series and are designed for fabricators processing sheets for smaller constructions.

The popular 90° welding option and Siemens PLC touch screen controller ensure versatility and easy integration into any production environment. Whether you are looking to increase capacity or maximize floor space without sacrificing quality, the SC compact butt welders are a great addition to fabrication facilities worldwide.

WEGENER Welding LLC is a leading supplier of high quality welding, fabrication, and testing equipment for thermoplastic sheet and pipe. their comprehensive product range includes hot gas hand welding systems and accessories, extrusion welding systems, sheet butt welders and benders, AC and DC spark testers, plastic pipe band saws, pipe butt and socket fusion machines and tools, specialty welders, filter welding/embedding machines and training and education.

For more information, contact Sales, Wegener Welding LLC. 16W301 S. Frontage Rd, Burr Ridge, IL 60527, 630-789-0990, Fax 630-789-1380, E-mail: info@wegenerwelding.com, Web: www.wegenerwelding.com.


Portable Extrusion Welder

Leister, the premiere Swiss manufacturer of plastic welding solutions, is proud to introduce a new addition to its comprehensive, portable extrusion welder line-up: the brand-new FUSION 1.

Bringing to bear Leister world-renowned engineering skills to develop this masterpiece of design. The new FUSION 1 incorporates an extrusion screw, integrated blower and digitally regulated temperature control into an unbelievably compact 7.5 lb. package.

Leister's new tool will allow fabricators to weld in areas that up until now were inaccessible for other portable extrusion welders. FUSION 1 will speed up production with the demonstrably improved and consistent quality that only a portable extrusion welder can achieve.

Features include 120 Volt operation, digitally regulated hot air temperature control, dual sided welding rod intake for either 3mm or 4mm welding rod, LED work light illumination, removable pistol grip for true one-handed welding, 360-degree adjustable combination plast/pre-heat welding shoe, 1.75 lbs./hr. maximum output,

For more information, contact Dave Rothbard, Leister Technologies LLC, 1275 Hamilton Parkway, Itasca, IL 60143, 855-534-7837/630-361-9021, Fax: 630-760-1001, E-mail: david.rothbard@leister.com, Web: www.leisterusa.com.


Ergonomic Hot Air Welder

The New Oval-Q welder is characterized by its slight lean oval shape that allows you to work ergonomically. This powerful welder has an efficient twin turbine system providing an airflow of 280 liters/minute. With this above average airflow, a robust 1650W heat element yields maximum heat temperatures, which are adjustable using the heat control knob. The Oval-Q is lightweight (3 lbs) giving you ergonomic and fatigue-free operation and has an optimally balanced motor for minimal handle vibration. It is also available in 230V, 1500W power.

Suitable for welding all thermoplastics the Oval-Q welds roofing materials, textiles, tarpaulin and banner materials, pond liners, and vinyl sheets. With a simple tip change, you can also use it with welding rod for plastic repairs of bins, bumpers, totes and many other plastic parts. You can quickly and easily clean the air filters by a simple separation from the handgrip to ensure maximum airflow and proper tool function.

Abbeon has been providing top quality industrial equipment to businesses for over 70 years. They offer a complete range of plastic welding equipment including automatic overlap welders, wedge welders, extrusion welders, plate welders, ultrasonic welders, fusion welders and hand welder kits.

For more information, contact Bob Brunsman, Abbeon Cal Inc., 1363 Donlon Street, Unit 1, Ventura, CA 93003, 800-922-0977, E-mail: abbeoncal@abbeon.com, Web: www.abbeon.com.


High Speed Torch

The Laramy Torch is an electrically heated, variable gas flow torch of proven design, featuring 6 interchangeable “Located Heat” elements for welding temperatures from 450- 1300°F. This high-production torch offers complete versatility of temperature and air or inert gas selection for production and speed welding on all types of thermoplastics.

“Located Heat” elements are ceramic, clad with stainless steel for greater shock and break resistance – plus added protection against overheating and burnout. “Located Heat” design concentrates heat output at the tip end of the torch for cooler, more comfortable barrel temperature while delivering higher gas temperature at the tip from lower wattage elements: 250, 350, 450 and 550-watt. The elements are readily interchangeable in a single small-diameter barrel for fast changeover and simplified operation.

Two new high-temperature elements, 650 and 750- watts, make a heat range of 850-1300°F available for speed welding of polypropylene and other high temperature materials. These elements require use of a long barrel, which is interchangeable with the shorter length barrel used with the lower wattage elements.

Laramy also offers the LFW-1 and LFW-2 fusion pipe welders for both shop and field welding of PE, PP and PVDF pipe. The LFW-1 has a 3 1/2” diameter and a rating of 350- watts/120-volts and can handle 1/2” to 2” pipe (16 mm to 63 mm). The LFW-2 has a 6” diameter, a rating of 700-watts/120-volts to accommodate 3” to 4” pipe (75 mm to 110 mm).

The units come with a control box, which regulates the temperature of the welders. A mounting bolt, nut and washer are provided to mount die sets on the heater. Laramy has been manufacturing and supplying thermoplastic welding and forming equipment for nearly 50 years. Their complete line of welders insures a model to fit your needs and your budget. A wide variety of welding tips and a wide range of heat elements are available. They also offer bending bars with an optional sword attachment providing an inexpensive tool for heating thermoplastic sheets to form bends.

For more information, contact Sherry Stahler, Laramy Products Co., P.O. Box 1168, Lyndonville, VT 05851, 802-626-9328, Fax: 802-626-5529, E-mail: laramy@together.net, Web: www.laramyplasticwelders.com.


Small Welder for Tight Areas

The Leister WELDPLAST S1 is the smallest tool in the WELDPLAST family measuring only 435 mm (17 inches) in length. The WELDPLAST S1 is capable of welding PE, PP, and PVC and accepts both 3 and 4 mm welding rod. Included in delivery are 2 pre-heating nozzles (top and side), an overlap welding shoe, and a tool case.

Ideal for welding in tight areas or for small hands, it features the same digital controls as the rest of the WELDPLAST family, the multi-functional display includes maintenance notifications, time meters, and pre-set temperature/air flow programs for ease of use. It produces an output of up to 0.8 kg/hour (up to 1.15 kg/h with PVC), depending on material/conditions.

STANMECH Technologies Inc. is the Master Distributor for Leister in Canada and is your local source for expert Leister knowledge. They have a full inventory of electrically certified tools, accessories, and parts, and offer repair service for Leister tools by factory-trained technicians from their facility in Burlington, ON.

For more information, contact Sarah Fenwick, STANMECH Technologies Inc., 944 Zelco Drive, Burlington, Ontario L7L 4Y3 Canada, 888-438-6324(Canada)/905-631-6161, Fax: 905-631-1852, E-mail: sfenwick@stanmech.com, Web: www.stanmech.com.


Large-Pipe Fusion

McElroy introduces new sizes to the Acrobat™ machine line which feature the revolutionary QuikFit™ carriage that allows operators to meet the challenges of fusing large-diameter polypropylene pipe in close-quarter working environments.

Acrobat with QuikFit carriages provide a solution through a modular single-size jaw design that is going to make a huge difference in how large-diameter polypropylene pipe is installed,” said Paul Donaldson, Manager of Mechanical Engineering at McElroy. “The beauty of this design is that it simplifies the fusion process to help serve the needs of the plumbing, mechanical and HVAC industry.”

The machines, which fuse 355mm to 630mm (14” to 24”) polypropylene pipe, was in response to a demand in the industry for lightweight, large-diameter butt fusion equipment that would make overhead pipe installations more safe and efficient. Fusing large pipe on plumbing and mechanical installations is intricate work whether it’s new construction or a building retrofit. Operators work around ducting, framing, stud walls and other obstacles, leaving little space to fuse pipe, especially when fusing pipe many feet in the air. If the fusion machine is heavy and bulky, it makes the job difficult or even impossible.

The ability to assemble the upper and lower jaws of the carriage around the pipe by hand eliminates the need for extra equipment and manpower that would be required to lift and fit an entire carriage into a cramped space. The carriage is half the weight of alternative machines and can be arranged in 4-, 3- and 2-jaw configurations for an even smaller footprint.

All of the fusion equipment, including the carriage, drill-powered facer, heater and hydraulic power unit (HPU), can be loaded on a single scissor lift platform. The flexibility of the machine allows it to fuse pipe in any orientation that is required on plumbing, mechanical and HVAC installations, including vertical and overhead.

The Acrobat is offered in single pipe sizes to eliminate the need for inserts, which also keeps the machine lightweight. Each size package includes the jaws, heater and lightweight facer blade holders.

For more information, contact Susan Riley, McElroy Manufacturing, Inc., P.O. Box 580550 Tulsa, OK 74158, 918-836-9286, Fax: 918-831-9285, E-mail: marketing@mcelroy.com, Web: www.mcelroy.com.


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