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The 4 main tools to weld PVC fabrics

Fecha de publicación: 11/27/2018

Our PVC coated fabric products can be used on a wide range of applications and industries, this time we will list some of the equipment that can be used to work with and shape it to fit the Project you may have in hands.

Since our standard measure of rolled goods is 5” by 158” (+/-) for the majority of projects you will need to unite several pieces to create a larger piece of PVC fabric to cover the desired area, which can be squared for a truck tarp or shade, or have an irregular designs like a bouncing castle or some contemporary tensile structure for that you can use sewing methods (mostly for inflatable games) or welding tools and equipment as we will show for this note.

Heat gun: As its name indicates it’s based on the thermo fusion principle by applying heat (up to 1148ºF/ 620 ºC)  to the pieces that need to be united and finalizing its union by applying pressure at the end of the process. Mayor pros providing versatility and reliability are an ergonomic handle that provides manageability and its size and weight which provide excellent mobility making it an ideal tool to work on a workshop and on site to make small fixes and go over small details during installation to provide a clean finish. Some other uses for the heat gun are: modeling, drying, activation and retraction as well as getting rid of paint, lacquer and adhesive residues from materials to work on.

Welding machine: This tool also works by applying heat (up to 1292ºF/ 700ºC) to the PVC fabric, in this case due to its design and mobility it provides a higher capacity to make and repair bigger projects like banners, tarps, tents, curtains, tanks, pool and patio covers, as well as tensile structures and all of its finishes like overlaps and hems. Its main pro being productivity improvement and work flow providing reduced finishing times and human resources needed as well material waste and complexity of finished pieces while increasing number of finished pieces as well as its complexity. It’s an optimal piece of equipment for printing, construction and engineering processes.

Stationary welder: A robust stationary machine that will be installed in a workshop for a long term use, also works with heat (up to 1382ºF/ 750ºC) and will provide higher production capacity making it perfect for a mid size business with a variety of products with various thermoplastic fabrics such as PVC, PE, PP ECB, PU and acrylics to shape into finished products like banner ads, bigger tarps and tents, machine covers, water or fuel tanks and different inflatable games and replicas. Inspired by the functionality of an industrial sewing machine, different models and brands can provide their own settings like a straight or curved seal giving the user the final choice for the one that best suit their needs.

Radiofrequency welding machine: Also called high frequency it provides a completely different finish than heat welding since its process it’s very different as well. This machine works with and electronic circuit that transmits a high frequency oscillation on a electric field alternating at high speed, the oscillation makes thermoplastic molecules to heat evenly to a melting point making them fuse completely after applying pressure and then refrigerating the materials resulting in a finished product that will be 100% waterproof with an airtight seal, flexible and with an impeccable visual finish while giving a higher stability, resistance and durability to projects with high climate exposure. Another advantage of radiofrequency its adaptability being able to penetrate on thicker materials or with multiple layers and adapt to different molds to cut on custom margins when needed. Some industries that benefit from this process are: automotive, medical, entertainment, stationery, fashion and household.

Seeking to be on top of our business Plastic Fabrics Solutions works with all the mentioned types of welding on our production processes for different projects required by our customers depending on the level of detail needed for each one, also taking in consideration finishing times and our own production schedule with your best interest in mind as well as we keep researching and improving our in house developments with new technologies to guarantee complete satisfaction to the final user for every one of our solutions provided to different industries.

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