With CleanRelease™ Technolgy
SimpleStake’s “heat-on-demand” process control is the next generation of staking technology. The ability to heat and cool instantaneously sets SimpleStake technology far ahead of other methods of staking. Put simply, it’s a cost-effective solution that guarantees successful outcomes.
*Other methods of staking include Heat Staking, Hot Air Cold Staking, Ultrasonics, and Infrared.
To learn more about SimpleStake when compared to other staking methods, kindly refer to our Comparison Table.
HOW IT WORKS
Impulse Staking is a process that creates heat on-demand for plastic staking bosses of all shapes and sizes. The patent-pending technology of Impulse Staking makes it the most efficient and ideal process for sensitive electronics and parts that are susceptible to excessive heating and pressure damage.
Instead of having to wait for the tips to cool at the end of each cycle, Impulse Staking allows instantaneous cooling to room temperature within seconds. This prevents any accidental injury while eliminating the need for constant heating.
During the Impulse Staking process, a solid or hollow boss or tab protruding through a mated part is heated to a softening temperature and formed to a head that captures the mated part.
Unlike heat staking and ultrasonic welding, Impulse Staking applies a significantly lesser amount of pressure on the mated part providing a clean and string-free method of staking.
Our patent pending Impulse Staking technology is a proven process for a cost-effective solution with little to no maintenance.
Parts are loaded into the fixture which senses for presence. The operator then presses the cycle to start. The platen descends, and all tips make contact with the corresponding plastic boss. Power is pulsed to the tip creating heat at the boss and tip interface. The heat melts the boss and begins to form the button.
Once the heating cycle is complete and the tip is fully extended, a blast of compressed air enters the air tube and blows onto the back side of the tip venting through the visible slots. This allows the welded button to cool and form a strong bond with the mated part.
Now that the button is cool, a short pulse of power is applied to the tip to whet the surface of the plastic. This CleanRelease stage prevents any sticking and stringing from happening which is commonly seen with other methods of staking. The welding is complete with a strong and lasting mechanical bond.
Impulse Staking can be applied in various industries due to the nature of the process. From automotive lighting to consumer appliances, the need to bond parts together can be achieved efficiently and effectively through using SimpleStake technology.
Consumer and automotive lighting can benefit significantly from SimpleStake. A common example is the LED board attachment where the boss spacing is too close for other methods of staking to work effectively. In addition to the LED board attachment, many internal lighting features can be assembled using the technology to enhance precision and to provide a cleaner outcome.
Ideal for medical applications, SimpleStake can provide clean and robust welds for medical devices and consumable products. From stints and pacemakers to specially designed systems used for imaging, our technology can help medical system concepts be deployed.
With a rapid increase in electronic implementation throughout the automotive and transportation industry, staking has been seen to replace traditional forms of automotive assemblies. The movement from conventional screws and non-electronic interfaces to an electronic solution has resulted in a reduction of consumables and the overall product weight.
Due to the rapidly growing electronic content within automotive vehicles, many interior components such as sensors, switches, brake shoes, lighting components, dashboard electronics, and more can be assembled with SimpleStake. The Impulse Staking process is ideal for automotive parts with A-Side marking concerns.
SimpleStake is the perfect solution for electronics and PC board assembly. With no risk of damage to sensitive electronic parts, which is commonly seen in other methods such as ultrasonics, electronic products and devices can be built accurately and reliably with Impulse Staking technology.
Our method reduces and eliminates the need for screws or plastic parts to be attached to circuit boards thus enhancing the simplicity of the design and reducing the overall product weight. A minimalist approach is critical to the advancement of electronics and SimpleStake helps achieve this successfully.