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Sonics Keeps Supply Chain Moving to Meet Demand for Ultrasonic PPE Applications


(Newtown, CT) Deemed an essential business, Sonics & Materials, Inc. has been operating continuously throughout the coronavirus crisis to meet customers’ needs as they address peak demand for PPE items or convert existing production lines to products needed most at this extraordinary time.

As a supplier of ultrasonic assembly equipment for over 5 decades, Sonics manufactures ultrasonic equipment that is used for textile, plastics, metal, packaging and specialty applications. As companies rush to adapt to new demands, many are re-tooling or discovering the benefits of ultrasonic assembly for PPE textile and plastics applications, such as continuous bonding or slitting, punching, sealing, plunge bonding, and hook and loop (Velcro) bonding, to produce face masks, surgical gowns, protective face shields and more.

Sonics’ ultrasonic plastics welding systems are also used for myriad medical device applications where the benefits of precision control and green technology (no additional consumables or waste, plus on-demand energy) are increasingly valued.

To share their decades-long, specialized expertise in this field, Sonics recently held a free, instructive webinar on “Ultrasonics and PPE / Medical Devices,” which will be available on their website at https://www.sonics.com/ppe-and-med-device/.

Sonics has been working directly with customers combatting the severe shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) for health care workers on the frontlines of this pandemic. Recently for instance, Sonics has delivered hand held welding systems to companies that use them to weld the elastic strip to the sides of clear protective face shields.

Sonics has also worked in partnership with 3 different companies to produce a version of its X-Press welding system with a specially customized horn and inserting tips for installing inserts into an oxygen accumulator tank (which is used along with a ventilator).

Now more than ever, Sonics continues to innovate to meet unique customer application requirements, such as the recent development of a process for welding multiple layers of material around the perimeter of a face mask.

During the pandemic, Sonics has assured their customers that:

  • Manufacturing, shipping, and receiving teams are operational and will continue to meet your high expectations for receiving critical equipment.
  • The service team is staffed and continues to quickly and efficiently repair equipment.
  • The sales and technical support teams are staffed remotely and are available to assist you during regular business hours.

Sonics has also taken aggressive actions to ensure the safety of its employees and compliance with all the requirements put in place by CT Governor Lamont. New measures include:

  • Tightly controlling access to the manufacturing and service facilities. Facilities are closed to the public, and all staff non-critical to our manufacturing and service capabilities are working remotely.
  • Manufacturing personnel are provided with face masks daily and have been divided into 2 teams for increased social distancing and safety
  • Social distancing is rigorously practiced in all areas of the workplace.
  • Increased access to hand sanitizer for on-site employees and encouraging heightened self-hygiene.
  • Deep cleaning and disinfection of facilities on increased regular basis

Company President Lauren Soloff is very proud of how employees have responded to this unique and unprecedented crisis in which manufacturing companies are playing their most critical role since the second Word War. “Like our fellow manufacturers across the country, we are committed to helping our customers fight this pandemic, while delivering our products and service in a way that maintains the health and safety of our employees. We are all truly in this together.”

About Sonics

Since 1969, Sonics & Materials, Inc. has been a world leader in the field of ultrasonic technology, manufacturing the industry’s most advanced ultrasonic liquid processors, plastics assembly equipment and metal welding systems. The company, which is ISO 9001 certified, designs and builds a complete line of ultrasonic processors as well as hand-held, bench-top and semi-automated welding systems for plastics and metal bonding. Sonics offers in-house application assistance, materials testing laboratory service, global sales and distribution network and on-site field service. Research institutions, scientific labs, universities, chemists, engineers and scientists across the globe use our processors for a multitude of applications. Automotive, industrial, medical, packaging, toy, appliance, consumer and synthetic textile manufacturers use Sonics’ standard or customized equipment to weld the full spectrum of commodity and engineering materials.

Sonics & Materials, Inc., 53 Church Hill Road, Newtown, CT 06470, USA

Phone: (203) 270-4600, Fax: (203) 270-4610, Toll Free in USA: (800) 745-1105

Email: info@sonics.com, or visit the company’s website at www.sonics.com

Sonics and Sonics & Materials are registered in U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

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