Patent Number: 6,251,202

Title: Method and system for bonding plastic parts together

Abstract: A method and system for bonding plastic parts together utilizing a heat-activated adhesive and at least one infrared lamp are disclosed. The system preferably includes first and second infrared lamps for emitting infrared radiation. A first base section supports a first infrared lamp adjacent the first plastic part and a second base section supports the second infrared lamp adjacent the second plastic part. The system also includes a controller coupled to the first and second infrared lamps for controlling power supplied to the first and second infrared lamps so that the first infrared lamp emits infrared radiation which propagates through the first plastic part and is absorbed by the adhesive and the second infrared lamp emits infrared radiation which propagates through the second plastic part and is absorbed by the adhesive for a time sufficient to heat the adhesive to a desired temperature at which the adhesive is activated. The activated adhesive bonds the plastic parts together. The system further includes first and second blowers coupled to the controller for selectively supplying and interrupting flows of forced air to the first and second parts, respectively, to cool the first and second plastic parts. A temperature sensor is coupled to the controller for sensing the temperature of the adhesive.

Inventors: Murphy; John F. (Imlay City, MI)

Assignee: Patent Holding Company

International Classification: B29C 65/14 (20060101); H05B 3/00 (20060101); H05B 1/02 (20060101); B29C 65/48 (20060101); B32B 031/26 ()

Expiration Date: 06/26/2018