Germany-based Bielomatik Leuze GmbH + Co. KG believes the infrared welding is completely particle free and gives high weld strength. Structures which were formally unachievable with laser welding, such as assembly and inserted components or component geometries are now conceivable.
Applications are in the automotive, appliance, sanitary, electrical and electronics, medical and pharmaceutical industries.
This new technology uses the advantages of the infrared welding process, combined with the quasi-simultaneous laser-based welding. Inside the separate periods of heating and joining, the surfaces are heated flexibly with high scanning speed before they are pressure-welded.
The company believes component alterations and tolerances are easily adjustable. This really is an exciting developing within the welding industry.