Emerson Introduces Branson GMX-HP, New Ultrasonic Metal Welder for Bonding Larger Batteries, Conductors and Wire Terminations
Branson GMX-HP delivers higher power with greater downforce to meet changing requirements of global electric vehicle manufacturers
January 24, 2023
Emerson’s new Branson™ GMX-HP ultrasonic metal welder combines greater power and downforce, essential for larger welds required by electric vehicles, batteries and energy storage systems, with a modular equipment design and features that simplify installation and automation for machine builders and manufacturers.
The new GMX-HP features increased weld power, furnished by a high-capacity 8-kilowatt, 20-kilohertz power supply. Welding power is transmitted through a direct-press actuator, equipped with dual linear bearing guides, precision distance sensors and a dynamic pressure trigger that deliver greater part-holding downforce with the high stability needed for repeatable weld quality.
These characteristics make the GMX-HP welder an excellent choice for ultrasonic welding of larger-diameter conductors, terminations and busbars essential for increased power-carrying capacity, or for bonding the thicker stacks of anode/cathode films used in high power-density batteries or energy storage systems.
The GMX-HP welder is also designed for optimal flexibility and productivity, from automation design through long-run manufacturing. Manufacturing engineers, automation experts and machine builders will appreciate the flexibility of the welder’s modular design, which accommodates base mounting, rear-gantry or top-gantry mountings to simplify configuration, installation and operation of multimachine automated welding systems.
Production managers and operators will note a new quick-release modular actuator that enables rapid, but precise, change-outs of weld “horns” or entire weld “stacks” to meet varied production requirements.
“Manufacturers are seeking better ways to build more powerful batteries and energy storage systems for everything from electric vehicles to renewable energy systems. The GMX-HP welder lets users scale up designs without sacrificing reliability or consistency.”Alex Yeung, global product manager, metal welding for Emerson
Built into the weld power supply, the welder’s programmable digital controls can manage the welding process in multiple modes: time, energy, peak power and distance. These versatile weld modes ensure the added precision required to maintain tight weld process control despite occasional variations in part surface quality or cleanliness. Production and quality assurance managers can track weld output, quality and yields with the help of the full array of weld-data collection and storage capabilities available in the GMX-HP weld power supply.
Emerson Uninterrupted Power Supply Maximizes Machine Availability and Minimizes Unplanned Disruptions in Harsh, High Temperature Industrial Environments
As more power-sensitive devices are deployed in automated industrial processes, the need for reliable battery backup power is growing exponentially, yet serious challenges remain in the design of traditional Uninterrupted Power Supplies (UPS). Most UPS are simply too large or heat-sensitive to be installed in control cabinets or to be integrated into machines, and virtually all lack network communications required for remote diagnostics.
To address these challenges, Emerson recently launched its SolaHD SDU AC-B UPS that combines a compact footprint with a wide operation temperature range, plus offers optional network communications supporting all major industrial protocols. Built rugged for harsh and hazardous locations, the SolaHD SDU AC-B supports organizations by bridging power failures during outages to allow for safe shutdowns of machinery, and by mitigating power quality issues that adversely affect critical loads, therefore minimizing work interruptions, long restart cycles and the loss of data at the point of use.