Branson Ultrasonics (Danbury, CT), a business of Emerson, recently launched its GVX-3 vibration welder, which is said to offer long-term production versatility. The user-configurable design of the GVX-3 welder complements a powerful set of standard features with a plethora of application-specific upgrades. Options include everything from the addition of Branson’s dual-axis Clean Vibration Technology (CVT) to upgrades involving tooling, clamp force and calibration, and cycle speeds.
“Based on global customer feedback, Branson has designed the GVX - 3 with the ability to maximize configurability to best suit our customers’ current and future application needs. Customers are able to select the features and performance they need today, with confidence that they will be positioned to meet the requirements of future applications,” said John Paul Kurpiewski, Director, Global Product Management, Non-Ultrasonics for Branson.
The GVX-3 welder is built on a compact footprint and offers easy rear-door access for tool changes, with a wide front door for part loading and unloading. Internally, the welder provides a large lift table driven by a precise servo motor, offering clamp forces of up to 25 kN and optional closed-loop calibration and control. Applications that require clean, particulate free welds, the GVX-3 welder can be fitted with a modular CVT package that employs infrared power emitters to preheat part joints for quicker, more reliable vibration weld strength and consistency, even for parts with complex, 3-D geometries.
An advanced user interface allows the GVX-3 to store up to 99 different users with configurable access rights. The crisp digital display has an intuitive navigation with globally recognized icons and houses an improved sequence editor that simplifies production programming. Programmers may choose from dozens of tooling codes and unlimited welding specifications, plus other features like automatic tooling identification and weld specification recognition. Operators can easily access production related functions and equipment safeties, but are prevented from modifying production-critical programming.