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Pressure and Thermoforming

Originally Published MPMN November 2004

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Pressure and Thermoforming

Manufacturer Expands Capabilities to Include Thermoformed 3-D Products

A company has expanded its polyurethane specialty product offerings and material processing capabilities through the use of a new thermoforming manufacturing process. Available products include thermoformed and RF-welded polyurethane film–based, low-pressure balloons, bladders, and other 3-D parts in wall thicknesses from 2 mil up to 20 mil or more. The manufacturer is equipped to produce low-pressure balloons that require a large body-to-neck diameter, as well as bladders and balloons that use two different film thicknesses or need inflation on only one side. Special 3-D parts such as long probes, balloons, and bladders for gastrointestinal or gynecology procedures can be thermoformed into any configuration or shape. Art-to-part development and delivery times may take as little as 3 to 4 weeks, depending on the complexity of the design. The company’s new headquarters include large laboratory and production facilities, enabling it to provide new and improved products and services to the medical device industry. Polyzen Inc., Apex, NC www.polyzen.com



Thermoformer Offers Painting, Screen-Printing, and Shielding Services

In-house hot-stamping, screen-printing, and other finishing services are offered by a thermoformer. The company’s engineering staff can recommend a painted finish that meets the customer’s needs and will prep, paint, and ship the product within hours after forming. Logos, model designations, and warnings can be screen-printed or hot-stamped onto products. An unlimited number of combinations of surface finishes and textures are available for highly cosmetic parts. The company is also a certified applicator of EMI/RFI shielding. Kintz Plastics Inc., Howes Cave, NY www.kintz.com




Mexican Thermoforming Facility Produces Packaging

Thermoforming of packaging materials such as trays, clamshells, and blisters is available from a company’s factory in Mexico. The facility manufactures trays to hold medical devices, as well as a variety of clamshells and blisters for retail packages. Materials used include PVC, PET, and high-impact polystyrene. Additional services include subassembly and full pack-out. The 15,000-sq-ft plant is ISO 9001:2000 certified. Roberson & Associates, Corona, CA www.devicelink.com/company98/r/r00084.html

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