If you’re considering radio frequency welding services for your product, you should make sure it’s the right heat sealing process for you by taking it in for assessment at the hands of an RF welding expert.
To get an accurate assessment, there are certain details you should provide for an industry expert.
What is the Product’s Intended Function?
The very first thing you should tell an RF welding expert is the functionality of your product. What is it designed to do?
Radio frequency welding is strong, but if a product is intended to contain compressed air under high pressure over 30 psi, RF welding may not be the best sealing option. Heavier fabrics will need to be used for products designed to withstand abrasion as well, and a specific rating may be required for materials in certain industries with strict standards.
What is the Size of the Product?
Another important factor that will determine if your product is right for RF welding is the size of the product being welded. The larger the product, the more difficult it will be to successfully form a strong seal.
If your product is too large, it may require a much more extensive welding service than radio frequency welding.
What is the Configuration?
RF welding is designed to handle two-dimensional product configurations, whereas three-dimensional configurations may require more complex sealing methods, depending on the materials.
Make sure your product configurations are made with RF-sensitive materials such as vinyl prior to considering this service on three-dimensional products.
What is the Application?
The application of your product plays a huge part in determining whether or not RF welding is the appropriate sealing method. Again, this ties into the materials required by the specific industry in which the product will be used.
Are Any Drawings Available?
One last item that can significantly help with the RF welding process is a drawing or series of drawings that detail your product layout. This could help the expert decide on the best way to approach the RF welding process. CAD type drawings are the most ideal.
Many places accept other types of drawings as well, though, so CAD drawings aren’t always necessary. Some places accept DXF or DWG files, for example.
If you keep these five major factors in mind when considering radio frequency welding for your product, an expert will not only be able to determine whether the process is right for your product or not, but also be able to suggest another more suitable sealing process.