One of the most important machines used to make Folbot kayaks is also its most mysterious.
We use a radio frequency welder to seal the sponsons, floatation bags and AirFom seats. It actually creates an airtight seal, without damaging the material it is bonding together — which makes for a stronger, long-lasting seal. The machine is an unusual looking device, to say the least.
While there are likely more modern versions of the RF welder, ours still operates using vacuum tubes and parts from another era.
Last week something went “poof” and our sponson production ground to a halt. Fortunately, we have a great relationship with a company that actually understands what all the things inside the RF device actually do — and they were able to overnight us the necessary part.
Can you tell where it fits?
Just another day at Folbot.