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Liquid filter bags withstand hydraulic pressing with SeamMaster

Sonobond Ultrasonics’ SM86 SeamMaster High Profile ultrasonic sewing machine will be used by Great Lakes Filters, to produce a liquid filter bag that could withstand hydraulic pressing without splitting or fraying. “The bag has to capture the pulp from the juicing process and then withstand intense compression so that the maximum amount of fruit or vegetable nutrients can be extracted,” explained Brian K. Balliet, CEO of Great Lakes Filters. “Sonobond’s equipment allows us to produce a bag that can do that and meet the customer’s exacting standards. It also enables us to fabricate and attach materials that are difficult via traditional cut and sew methods, resulting in higher quality products at lower production cost.”

6th September 2013

Innovation in Textiles
 |  West Chester, PA

Transport/​Aerospace, Medical/Hygiene, Industrial, Agriculture

Sonobond Ultrasonics’ SM86 SeamMaster High Profile ultrasonic sewing machine will be used by Great Lakes Filters, to produce a liquid filter bag that could withstand hydraulic pressing without splitting or fraying.

“The bag has to capture the pulp from the juicing process and then withstand intense compression so that the maximum amount of fruit or vegetable nutrients can be extracted,” explained Brian K. Balliet, CEO of Great Lakes Filters.

“Sonobond’s equipment allows us to produce a bag that can do that and meet the customer’s exacting standards.  It also enables us to fabricate and attach materials that are difficult via traditional cut and sew methods, resulting in higher quality products at lower production cost.”

The Sonobond Advantage

Sonobond Ultrasonics, a leader in developing ultrasonic bonding and welding equipment, has been working with Great Lakes Filters for the past 24 years. Great Lakes Filters is currently exploring high efficiency liquid filter bags made from proprietary nanofiltration media.

The SeamMaster is said to be easy to operate with minimal training required. © Sonobond Ultrasonics

“We looked at Sonobond’s SeamMaster because it’s similar in design and operation to a standard sewing machine.  We also appreciated Sonobond’s willingness to work closely with us to determine what equipment we would require to assemble certain products,” says Balliet.

Today, Great Lakes Filters uses three SeamMaster ultrasonic sewing machines to assemble its liquid filter bags – including custom and specialty bags – plus sleeves, pads, and other filtration products for the environmental, automotive, chemical/pharmaceutical, food/beverage and manufacturing industries. 

Ultrasonic Assembly

Ultrasonic bonding occurs when high frequency electrical energy – converted to acoustical, mechanical vibrations and channeled through a horn – creates a rapid heat build up at the material contact point, causing the fabric between the horn and anvil – or the rotating pattern wheel in the case of the SeamMaster – to soften and fuse.

This year the company will be showcasing its SeamMaster High Profile ultrasonic sewing machine at Filtration 2013 exhibition that will take place from 12-14 November in Chicago. © Sonobond Ultrasonics

Accoring to the company, in one pass, the machine seals and trims without thread, glue or other consumables, as much as four times faster than conventional sewing machines and ten times faster than adhesive methods. The SeamMaster is also said to be easy to operate with minimal training required.

Flexible Ultrasonic Capability

In addition to its SeamMaster machines, Great Lakes Filters also employs a Sonobond Ultrasonics SureCut HC35 and four HG35 handheld devices. 

Great Lakes Filters also shares its Sonobond equipment with its sister company Fairway Products, for ultrasonic assembly of automotive trim parts, door inserts and office furniture products.

In addition to the Sonobond SeamMaster series of equipment, Sonobond’s RingMaster Filter Bag Machine is featured in the multi-media presentation at Sonobond’s Filtration 2013 exhibit. © Sonobond Ultrasonics

“Using the ultrasonic equipment eliminates the need for back tacks on sew lines and maintains the appearance of the lines being sewn into the panel insert, rather than being welded to a moulded door skin,” commented Steve Firavich, CEO of Fairway Products. 

Filtration 2013

This year the company will be showcasing its SeamMaster High Profile ultrasonic sewing machine at Filtration 2013 exhibition that will take place from 12-14 November in Chicago.

Melissa Alleman, Vice President of Sonobond Ultrasonics, commented: “Sonobond has ultrasonic assembly machines for virtually any type of filter used in the airline, automotive, food, paper, pharmaceutical, air and water filtration, liquid absorption, agricultural and petroleum industries.”

“Manufacturers can rely on Sonobond for equipment suited to their needs and scale of operation.  I encourage those attending Filtration 2013 to stop by the Sonobond exhibit to see for themselves.”

In addition to the Sonobond SeamMaster series of equipment, Sonobond’s RingMaster Filter Bag Machine is featured in the multi-media presentation at Sonobond’s Filtration 2013 exhibit.

www.sonobondultrasonics.com

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