What’s the Weld You Want?


The very fact that you’re reading this piece means that it’s highly likely you’re aware of Hot Plate Welding. Good; you’re our kind of person.

But is Hot Plate Welding right for your project?  Does it provide the very best solution to your problem?

There are multiple ways to bond two thermoplastic surfaces; Hot Plate Welding is one of them, along with Glue, Spin, and Sonic Welding to list a few. 

Before you choose the process that’s right for you, you need to consider a range of factors, all of which could have an influence on your decision.

MaterialsWhat’s the most appropriate and efficient process for the materials you need bonded?

Hot Plate Welding is certainly one of the most durable processes, but under certain circumstances other applications could provide similar results. MME group will work with your team to help understand the product requirements and testing, then come up with materials and make the appropriate recommendation for the application.

ScaleWhat volume of product will you need to produce to reach a viable price point?

This is where you need to find the sweet spot.  Hot Plate Welding can often come at a higher price point for lower quantities, but may be the best option based on part geometry, part size, and material selection. MME engineers partner with customers to find the best solution to fit the project’s needs.

TestingDo you need every part fully tested to prove functionality before delivery?

Quality in materials and process mitigates risk. MME can work with your team to determine the best testing methods and build testing equipment to your specific needs.

EnvironmentAre you aware of the environment in which the product will be used? 

In environments of extreme temperatures or pressure, Hot Plate Welding passes every test. But if those factors aren’t in play, other bonding applications may suit the job well enough.

ProcessIs the process you choose robust and repeatable?

Reliability and repeatability are two of the key benefits of Hot Plate Welding.  When there is little room for error, Hot Plate Welding is top dog.

Choosing Hot Plate Welding isn’t simply selecting an application. The equipment itself must operate at a capacity to produce the results you expect.

We have two vertical machines capable of contact and non-contact welding, and depending on the size of the part being processed, they have a typical cycle time of somewhere between 20 and 40 seconds.

Batteries, fuel tanks, automobile lighting, washer bottles, medical devices…whatever particular assembly challenge your company is facing, we can offer a quick, effective Hot Plate Welding solution.

For further information or to organize a demonstration of MME’s Hot Plate Welding capabilities, contact Alan Christensen… Lead Manufacturing Engineer …OFFICE: 651 289 8932   MOBILE: 651 270 2160  achristensen@mmegroupinc.com

Product image of the Decon7 Biological Decontaminant Accelerated Spray Plus

Product image of the Decon7 Biological Decontaminant Accelerated Spray Plus

At MME we’re firm believers in the power of collaboration.

A product’s journey from concept to completion requires a highly specialized combination of talent and technology, and a seamless convergence of design, engineering and manufacturing.

All of these elements aligned when we partnered with Decon7 Systems (D7) to produce their patented multi-part application system.

The Decon7 Biological Decontaminant Accelerated Spray Plus (BDAS+) is a breakthrough solution to the complex chemical and engineering issues of containing the world’s most effective military grade decontaminant in an individual rapid response application system.  Combining familiar operation steps similar to a fire extinguisher, but with improved ergonomics tailored to the task and user, warfighters and first responders now have access to a truly immediate decon solution.

The Decon7 BDAS+ is ready-to-use (RTU), lightweight, portable, and rapidly deployable.  It neutralizes chemical and biological warfare agents (CBWs), hazardous industrial chemicals (TICs), volatile organic compounds (VOCs), bodily fluids, bacteria and viruses. 

Three liquid components are contained in three bag-on-valve cylinders, protected by a roll cage-inspired, slatted casework made from high-impact plastic that provides excellent impact and drop-resistance.  Through careful material selection, component reduction, and designing the product for ease of assembly and simplified manufacturing, Decon7 and MME were able to balance the need for ruggedness and durability with the demand for a disposable product.

There’s no margin for error when manufacturing a product that will significantly enhance the safety of military and first responder personnel in crisis situations and extreme environments.

With that in mind, D7 was understandably diligent and thorough in their vetting of potential partners.  Some of their essential needs and “non-negotiables” were:

  • ITAR Registered Facility
  • Essential Price Point
  • Production Scalability
  • Packaging Design Team
  • Hazmat Shipping Certified Supplier

“MME was able to offer all of the critical elements we required in a contract manufacturer, including an experienced team we knew we could trust.  The MME team collaborated with our design and engineering firm on every detail, working together to efficiently execute the production plan.  Seeing our pilot product fully assembled, packaged, and ready for distribution was a fulfilling achievement for the Decon7 team.” – Matt Bluhm, CEO Decon7 Systems LLC

Thanks to stellar communication and collaboration between MME and Decon7 Systems, the D7 BDAS+ design is now a real life tool available for our brave first responders and we must say this expertly crafted, vital product is a great source of pride for both companies.

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