Horizontal Three Battery Air/Pneumatic Hot Plate Welder

The B3A-1148 is a horizontal heat platen orientation, pneumatic motion controlled hot plate welding system specifically designed for welding: three Standard Group size batteries 9" D x 14" W x 12" H (228mm x 355mm x 305mm) or smaller per welding cycle; OR two Commercial Group size batteries 9" D x 20" W x 12" H (228mm x 508mm x 305mm) or smaller per cycle.

This horizontal systems single motion (upper) tool mounting jaw makes possible automatic feed of the battery components into the equipment for welding and automatic out-feeding of the welded batteries via the system's built-in conveyor system.

The system design is ideal for welding:

  • Battery covers to cases.
  • Battery manifold covers to case covers.

Optional Features.

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Standard Features

Ultra-Rigid Construction utilizing a tubular steel framework with leveling feet and linear guide shafts & bearings designed for precise tool alignment through decades of use.

Polymer Pass-Thru Conveyor System allows pass-through assembly of the battery components in the production line. Conveyor system is fully guarded end-to-end. Customer is responsible for further guarding of adjacent, supplied infeed/outfeed conveyor segments to fully comply with OSHA standards.

Fully Automatic Cycle/Start & Operation enables system to cycle without operator intervention based on part flow down the assembly line. System recognizes entry of batteries into the welder via power conveyor and automatically starts the welding cycle when the batteries are in the welding position.

Pneumatically Actuated In-Feed Diverter System controls quantity and rate of entry of pre-assembled battery components into the welding positions. Presence sensors verify battery components are properly staged in the in-feed area and enables actuation of diverter to allow components to continue into welding positions.

Pneumatically Actuated Locating Rail ensures precise location of battery components entering on the conveyor system. Presence sensor detects correct positioning of battery on conveyor stop block and enables actuation of locator rail to properly square battery in position for welding. Upon completion of welding, the locating rail and conveyor stop blocks retract allowing welded product to exit system on conveyor.

Digital Three-Zone Temperature Control via PLC with Heater Burnout Alarm ensures even heating and precise temperature control with temperature alarm limits. Burnout alarm halts operation of the machine in the event of platen heater failure.

Programmable Automatic Heat Platen Startup (Time/Date Based) saves production time as the machine can be user programmed to automatically initialize warm-up of heat platen before start of production.

Allen Bradley MicroLogix PLC with PanelView Plus 7 - 700 Color 6.5" Touch-Screen Graphical Display simplifies parameter input and allows the following to be displayed:

  • Melt, Weld (Seal), & Open Time Digital Control & Display
  • Resettable Parts Counter
  • Non-Resettable Total Machine Cycle Counter
  • Diagnostic Display
  • Machine Alarms (history storage of up to 99 alarms)
  • Ethernet Connectivity

Multi-Level Passcode Protection limits parameter adjustment to qualifed personnel only.

10 Weld Program/Setup Memory allows storage for instant recall, minimizing tool change time.

External 120VAC Duplex Electrical Outlet allows user to easily connect small auxiliary equipment such as computers, printers, radios, etc.

Three Venturi 25.0 in/Hg (63.5cm/Hg) Vacuum Generator Systems designed to secure even the largest parts within the tooling. Vacuum Sensors on each circuit verifies presence of battery cover in tooling after part pick-up.

Front & Rear Hinged Access Panels with Safety Interlock Switches allow extensive access while providing maximum personnel protection.

Vented Roof Panel with Exhaust Fan evacuates airborne smoke and particulate from the interior enclosure.

Sequence of Operation

  • 1.Pre-assembled un-welded battery covers & cases move down customers assembly line conveyor to the in-feed diverter section of the welders feed-thru conveyor.
  • 2.Un-welded battery assemblies are detected via a part presence sensor on the conveyor and are held against a mechanical stop within the in-feed diverter section of the conveyor prior to entry into welding positions.
  • 3.When already welded batteries have exited the welding area, the diverter assembly indexes one un-welded battery assembly at a time past the mechanical stop to allow passage of battery down the conveyor to the welding position.
  • 4.As battery assemblies move toward the welding area, part presence sensors on the conveyor detect their presence and pneumatically actuated stop blocks hold batteries in the correct position.
  • 5.When all batteries have entered the welding area and are detected in correct location by part presence sensors, a pneumatically actuated locator rail bar extends outward to position batteries against an opposing fixed rear rail, squaring them in preparation for welding.
  • 6.Conveyor motion stops and welding cycle starts automatically.
  • 7.Upper holding fixtures descend downward to pick-up battery covers which are automatically held with vacuum and mechanical grippers. Vacuum Sensors verify a cover was picked-up.
  • 8.Upper holding fixtures retract upward with upper battery covers.
  • 9.Heat platen advances forward between battery covers and cases.
  • 10.Heat platen descends and contacts lower battery cases.
  • 11.Upper holding fixtures apply upper battery covers to heat platen.
  • 12.Upper holding fixtures retract from heat platen.
  • 13.Heat platen rises from lower battery cases and retracts rearward.
  • 14.Upper holding fixtures apply upper battery covers & lower battery cases, welding batteries together.
  • 15.Upper holding fixtures release clamping mechanisms.
  • 16.Upper holding fixtures retract and welded batteries remain atop feed-thru conveyor.
  • 17.Pneumatic locator rail and conveyor stop blocks retract and conveyor motion starts.
  • 18.Welded batteries are indexed out of machine via feed-thru conveyor.