Ultrasonic technology in demand for PPE manufacture

Engineer Live News Desk

The rapid onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has seen the demand for all types of personal protection equipment and patient care and monitoring devices accelerate at a pace where manufacturers have faced difficulties in meeting the volumes required.

This in turn has generated an increased demand for the technologies used to manufacture these essential items, including the ultrasonic systems used to perform the cutting, sealing and welding processes.

As a world leader in the manufacture and application of ultrasonic technology, Telsonic has been heavily involved in assisting both end user manufacturers and automation machine builders by providing the modules, systems, tooling and technical support needed to respond quickly to these unprecedented challenges.

Examples of this have been where Telsonic UK has built and supplied a suite of manual machines in record time for the European arm of a global UK customer involved in the manufacture of single use face masks. Other projects undertaken in recent weeks have included the supply of system modules and tooling for integration within several machines to be used to ultrasonically cut and bond Tyvec fabric for PPE garment products. Telsonic UK also delivered a complete ultrasonic welding system for a major UK Medical manufacturer, involved in the production of a wrist strap medical device for the NHS, used in the care of high blood clot risk patients critically ill with the virus.

Although the situation is starting to show tentative signs of easing, Telsonic remains heavily involved in discussions and project development with a number of customers, offering expertise in materials, and assisting with laboratory trials to evaluate and confirm production methods using the company’s ultrasonic technology. When commissioned, these projects will use Telsonic’s welding and cut’n’seal processes to manufacture a wide range of items including respiratory barrier products, IV filters and other types of filtration pads.

A concerted effort by the UK business, combined with close liasion with other Telsonic Global Sites and the company’s supply chain, has enabled the company to respond quickly to increased demand, whilst maintaining target lead times for machine solutions and tooling.

Telsonic UK offer a comprehensive range of ultrasonic modules and systems for a variety of food cutting, plastic welding, cutting, sealing, cut’n’seal, metal welding, packaging, sieving, and cleaning applications within a wide range of industries.