“With increasing emphasis on minimally-invasive procedures, such as laparoscopies, orthopedics, and others which require a longer journey through the vascular system, medical device manufacturers are designing larger devices to accommodate the latest practices. As a result, these new devices also require larger thermoformed trays and lidding to contain them. Tekni-Plex’s investment in a new narrow-web press, which is capable of producing 35-inch length lidding, will handle these demanding applications,” says Timm Goodmanson, vp-Flexible Division, Tekni-Plex.
The press also features a web cleaner for the base material and an inline vision system to ensure that printing meets stringent medical-device requirements. The press features 360-deg registration adjustment and controlled ink densities which produce high-quality dots in a simple and repeatable fashion. Additionally, the new 17-in.-wide press will result in significantly-reduced lead times, delivering standard materials in two-to-four weeks. This capability will help medical-device manufacturers meet condensed go-to-market timelines.
The four-color press will be used to die-cut coated lidding (DuPont™ Tyvek® and paper rollstocks) manufactured at the company’s Milwaukee and Madison, WI, plants, using proprietary heat-seal coating formulations. Additionally, Tekni-Plex’s Ashland facility also provides prepress services, including artwork and printing plates.
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