LONDON, March 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Ultrasonic welding makes use of piezoelectric transducers that produce ultrasonic vibrations for transfer to a solid medium to generate heat to melt and weld thermoplastics and some light alloy metals. In order to perform melting and welding on plastics and other materials, the longitudinal vibrations on the end faces of a transducer must be amplified and concentrated onto a small area. A device used for this purpose is variously called an amplitude transformer, a sonodyne, or simply a horn.
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Ultrasonic cleaning, in contrast, makes use of ultrasonic transducers that produce ultrasonic vibrations for transfer to a liquid medium (usually water or an organic solvent mixture) to create cavitation or a partial vacuum. The basic principles of ultrasonic cavitation and its application to cleaning are well known. Cavitation "bubbles" are created in liquids in the rarefaction portion of an ultrasonic sound wave.
These "bubbles" then collapse in the following compression cycle of the sound wave, generating minute areas of high temperature and pressure. This enhances the cleaning process in two ways – by causing the physical displacement of contaminants due to the force generated by the imploding cavitation bubble, and by forcing liquid exchange across interface boundaries, which promotes dissolution of soluble contaminants by suitable "solvents." It is logical to assume that the effectiveness of the cleaning process is related to the intensity of the ultrasonic field and the resulting implosions of cavitation bubbles.
The ultrasonic welding product section targets three distinctly different welding processes – plastic welding, metal welding, and sealing and sewing of fibers and fabrics.
The ultrasonic cleaning product section targets three types of tank categories – table top, bench top and large capacity industrial cleaners – catering to different applications, different sizes and geometrical shapes of parts, and using different liquid cleaning media.
The two product groups covered – ultrasonic welding and ultrasonic cleaning – basically originate from transducers that generate piezoelectric vibration, operating at different frequencies using different grades of ceramics.
STUDY GOAL AND OBJECTIVES
This study focuses on providing data about the size and growth of markets, company profiles, and industry trends in ultrasonic welding equipment and ultrasonic cleaning equipment.
The goal of this report is to provide a detailed and comprehensive multi-client study of the markets in North America, Europe, Japan, China, Korea and the rest of the world (ROW) for ultrasonic welding equipment and ultrasonic cleaning equipment, as well as potential business opportunities.
A primary objective of this report is thorough coverage of underlying economic issues driving the development of the ultrasonic welding equipment and ultrasonic cleaning equipment businesses, as well as assessments of advanced types of ultrasonic welding equipment and ultrasonic cleaning equipment that are being developed. Another important objective is to provide realistic market data and forecasts of growth for ultrasonic welding equipment and ultrasonic cleaning equipment. This study provides the most thorough and up-to-date assessment that can be found anywhere on the subject. The study also provides extensive quantification of the many important facets of worldwide market development for ultrasonic welding equipment and ultrasonic cleaning equipment. This, in turn, contributes to a determination of the kinds of strategic responses companies may adopt in order to compete in these dynamic markets.
Users of ultrasonic welding equipment and ultrasonic cleaning equipment in developed markets must contend with twin pressures – to innovate and, at the same time, to reduce costs. New applications for ultrasonic welding and ultrasonic cleaning equipment have been proposed in recent years. This equipment study condenses all of these business-related issues and opportunities.
REASONS FOR DOING THE STUDY
The diversified businesses of ultrasonic welding equipment and ultrasonic cleaning equipment are complex and fast-moving, with manufacturers increasingly adopting a truly global view of the market. Around the world, consumers are demanding high quality as well as an extremely long cycle life. In this challenging market, manufacturers have attempted to achieve growth through company mergers and acquisitions and by implementing global strategies.
With new emerging technologies and applications, iRAP has conducted a detailed study and updated technology developments and markets. This report identifies and evaluates new markets and new product developments which show potential growth for ultrasonic welding equipment and ultrasonic cleaning equipment.
CONTRIBUTIONS OF THE STUDY
This study provides the most complete accounting of the current market and future growth in ultrasonic welding equipment and ultrasonic cleaning equipment in North America, Europe, Japan, China and the rest of the world. It provides the most thorough and up-to-date assessment that can be found anywhere on the subject. The study also provides extensive quantification of the many important facets of market developments in emerging markets. This quantification, in turn, contributes to the determination of what kind of strategic responses suppliers might adopt in order to compete in these dynamic markets. Audiences for this study include directors of technology, marketing executives, business unit managers and other decision makers in ultrasonic welding equipment and ultrasonic cleaning equipment companies, as well as companies peripheral to this business.
FORMAT AND SCOPE
The market data contained in this report quantify opportunities for ultrasonic welding equipment and ultrasonic cleaning equipment. In addition to product types, this report also covers the merits and future prospects of these businesses, including corporate strategies, information technologies, and the means for providing these highly advanced product and service offerings. This report also covers in detail the economic and technological issues regarded by many as critical to the industry's current state of change. It provides a review of the ultrasonic welding equipment and ultrasonic cleaning equipment industry and its structure, and of the many companies involved in providing these products. The competitive positions of the main players in the market, and the strategic options they face, are also discussed, along with such competitive factors as marketing, distribution and operations.
TO WHOM THE STUDY CATERS
The study will benefit existing manufacturers of ultrasonic welding equipment and ultrasonic cleaning equipment that seek to grow revenues and develop market opportunities by expanding and diversifying in applications of ultrasonic welding equipment and ultrasonic cleaning equipment based on piezoelectric materials such as lead zirconate titanate (PZT), which is positioned to become a preferred solution for many applications. Also, this study will benefit users of ultrasonic welding equipment and ultrasonic cleaning equipment who are looking for new challenges and applications.
The global market for traditional ultrasonic welding and ultrasonic cleaning is quite mature in applications. The 2015 market for ultrasonic welding equipment reached $1,100 million, and it is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.1% from 2015 through 2020, to reach $1,480 million in 2020. Ultrasonic cleaning equipment, with a market of $600 million in 2015, is expected to grow to $825 million in 2020, showing a CAGR of 6.6% for the period.
This report illustrates several key findings for the market and the industry.
- The global market for ultrasonic welding equipment covers three major applications, including plastic joining of components used in automotive, medical devices, white goods, household appliances, toys, electronic goods, telecommunication equipment; metal joining of wire harnesses, metal conductors such as aluminum and copper; and sealing and sewing of films and fibers. By 2020, plastic joining will still retain the highest market share.
- The global market for ultrasonic cleaning equipment covers seven different categories – healthcare; manufacturing; maintenance and reconditioning; laboratory; special treatments; domestic and hobby uses; and miscellaneous.
- Region wise, in 2015 Europe leads the ultrasonic welding market while North America ultrasonic cleaning market.
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