Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Dukane black and gold helps the world be more "green"

Dukane Ultrasonics is playing a key role in helping companies reduce their carbon foot print and to reduce global warming. It is generally understood that ultrasonics is a far more energy efficient process for welding plastic materials than processes such as heat-staking or hot-air welding. However, in addition to these plastic welding applications, Dukane’s ultrasonic welding equipment is an essential part of the systems being used by leading automotive hybrid battery manufacturing companies to do the ultrasonic metal welding of the internal components in nickel metal hydride batteries and more recently, lithium-ion batteries.

For ultrasonic metal welding applications, Dukane has long partnered with Ultex, a Japanese manufacturer which has led the way in providing ultrasonic metal welding solutions to the automotive industry. Every time you see a Toyota or Honda hybrid vehicle, chances are that the battery providing the electric power was made using a Dukane powered ULTEX ultrasonic metal welding system.

When should I consider using ultrasonics to cut my food product?

Ultrasonic food processing involves a vibrating knife producing a nearly frictionless surface to which food products do not stick nor deform. Here are some things to consider when deciding if ultrasonic cutting is the right process for your application.
  • Is your product sticky and causing excessive downtime for blade cleaning?
  • Does your current cutting process smear multiple layers causing a visually unappealing product?
  • Does your current process cause the product to crumble and decrease your yield?
  • Does your current process crush the product during the cut?
If you answered yes to any of the above, chances are ultrasonics can improve your process, if you answered no to all the questions your current method is acceptable.

Below are some pictures that illustrate the quality of cut with ultrasonics.

Here is an ultrasonic blade horn in action.

See Dukane's Food Processing FAQ page for more information.