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Rinco Ultrasonics expands tooling capacities at US hq

Rinco Ultrasonics expands tooling capacities at US hq

While some markets are in the doldrums because of the Covid-19 pandemic, medical is expanding. Taking this cue, ultrasonic welding equipment maker Rinco Ultrasonics has undertaken a significant expansion of its tooling capabilities for ultrasonic welding at its US manufacturing headquarters in Connecticut.

The company says it has made a sizeable investment with the addition of 4,000 sq ft to its operations, hiring of three new employees, and purchase of key machinery and equipment. Though based in Romanshorn, Switzerland, Rinco has been a member of the Crest Group since 1997, making it American owned.

The expansion undertaken is in response to growing demand for faster deliveries and highly complex welding applications for the automotive and medical markets, Rinco adds. It has brought ultrasonic tooling in-house in order to assume complete control of documentation, testing, and other key programme functions for its customers.

“The continual need for highly complex, and precise tooling represents a major opportunity for our company,” said Steve Potpan, on-site manager for Rinco Ultrasonics. “We’re confident that this investment in personnel, space, and manufacturing resources will give us a huge amount of flexibility to meet market demand.”

Rinco took over existing space at its Danbury site to accommodate raw materials and new equipment. The company purchased a Haas CNC milling center, a Trak lathe with a Proto Trak SLX controller, and several Trak K3 knee mills. New personnel include two full-time machinists and one full-time design engineer who also fills in as a part-time machinist.

The ultrasonic welding market is witnessing greater demand for large composite horns that have multiple elements. These include mother horns (up to 300 mm) with multiple extenders (ranging from 2-20) which incorporate three-dimensional contours and milled geometries. A key challenge is designing a tool that not only matches the part geometry but also runs efficiently, according to Potpan. Rinco is also supplying contour milled fixtures and tooling refurbishment.

The US firm also uses Solidworks as its CAD design software in conjunction with CAMWorks to create the tool path for the CNC equipment. The design process also incorporates the use of ANSys finite element analysis (FEA).

Rinco adds that it has witnessed strong interest in its new tooling capabilities from leading US processors and manufacturers.

The company operates internationally, employing more than 100 persons worldwide. The company’s products are used to weld plastic components and to cut synthetic textiles as well as food products. The modular design of the systems enables them to be easily retooled and upgraded. With nine wholly owned subsidiaries, including the Danbury, Conn. operation in the US, Rinco says it offers a global presence and wide-reaching technical support.


(IMA)


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