Requirements for Starting an RF Welding Project

Radio Frequency Welding is an increasingly popular solution for creating plastic products, materials and packaging. If you think you have a use for RF welding, our team here at Mark Peri can help. We’re an industry leader in RF welding technologies and can design and manufacture a custom machine that’s perfectly adapted to your needs.

Before you decide to start a welding project, there are a few points to consider. We’ve created this list to help you assess the suitability of RF welding for your industrial application and determine the things you need to provide your RF welding professional. Ask yourself the following questions:

What Is the Function of the Welded Product?

Does your product need to resist wear and abrasion? Are you more concerned with tearing and cracking? Is your welded product a final product or packaging for handling, transportation and storage? Is appearance important or do you favor strength and durability? Make note all of the functions your RF welded products and materials must withstand, including environmental factors such as pressure, wear, humidity and dirt resistance.

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What Size Is the Welded Project?

While our RF welding equipment can adapt to a wide range of final product sizes, it’s important to consider the size of thermoplastic materials you will be welding. This is not only important when choosing the size and type of RF welder, but also to provide adequate space for processing, handling and storage at your facility.

Consider the size of your current products as well as any future products you expect to see.

How Are Your Products Configured?

RF welding lends itself especially well to flat, two-dimensional products such as binders, document sleeves, tarps, signage and packaging materials. If your product is three-dimensional, your RF welding solution needs to be adapted to create perpendicular seams. In some complex situations, a solution other than RF welding may be necessary. Knowing how your products are configured helps us determine if RF is the best process solution.

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What Is the Application of Your Welded Products?

It is also critical to know what kind of application your RF-welded products will be subjected to. The function of a product used in an office environment  — a binder or product package, for example — will not be the same as a product that will be used outdoors, such as tarps and signage. We consider application factors such as temperature, moisture, wear, abrasion and cleanliness when creating RF welding equipment and processes.

How Will You Share Product Dimensions and Design?

One last critical piece of information we need to design your RF welding equipment and method is to understand the dimensional details and tolerances of your products. CAD models and files are the most accurate way of sharing this information with us, though for initial discussions we can work with simple drawings and basic product dimensions. As we progress towards RF welder equipment and die designs, 2D and 3D files become necessary.

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Make a note of all of these factors and contact our team here at Mark Peri to start discussing your RF welding project. With our experience, we can ensure that your project is a success and your welding professional has all of the equipment and design factors in place for consistent and reliable RF welding.


*Updated October 19, 2017