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Interface Catheter Solutions Advances Balloon Forming Process with High-efficiency Water Jackets



Published June 15, 2012
Interface Catheter Solutions Advances Balloon Forming Process with High-efficiency Water Jackets
Laguna Niguel, CA, June 13, 2012 – Interface Catheter Solutions new high-efficiency water jackets improve balloon yields and balloon forming cycle times.  The high-efficiency water jackets have been improved to create a more uniform thermal profile, shorter process times and repeatable ramping capabilities. A water jacket is the balloon forming machine module that facilitates mold heating and cooling during the manufacturing process. Balloons are formed with wall-thickness consistency as a result of the uniform thermal profiling. The high-efficiency water jacket improvements provide better control and cycle times all resulting in improved balloon yields.
The high-efficiency water jacket thermal profiling enhancements provide:

•       Repeatability
•       Smoother ramp
•       Stable plateau
•       Estimated 20% shorter process times
•       Quicker thermal stability 
•       Uniform heating along entire length of mold
•       Uniform heating around circumference of mold

The water jackets can accommodate a large range of molds for small to large diameter and length balloon forming. The new water jackets are available for Interface balloon forming equipment models 2210 and 3310.

New improvements to the balloon forming equipment (drop-in assembly available for older models) now provide better directional flow for water cooling and air purge control. The combination of these improvements and the high efficiency water jacket enhancements provide further consistent and repeatable balloon forming results.

About Interface Catheter Solutions
Interface Catheter Solutions is the only vertically integrated provider of outsourced solutions for catheter manufacturing. Interface has been solely focused on the balloon catheter market since 1995 and continually sets industry standards through process improvements and equipment advancements in balloon catheter manufacturing.
Interface has created more than 2,100 balloon designs, and offers balloon design and development, balloon contract manufacturing, extruded balloon tubing, custom medical extrusion, plus a comprehensive line of balloon catheter production and testing equipment. Interface is ISO 13485:2003 certified and operates multiple class 100,000 (ISO Class 8) clean rooms in three facilities. Interface’s headquarters is located at 27721 La Paz Road, Laguna Niguel, California. http://www.interfaceusa.com Tel 949.448.7056.

Company Contacts:
Mark Geiger, Vice President of Sales & Marketing
Phone: 949-448-7056 x7123
E-mail: mark.geiger@interfaceusa.com
David Yanes, Director of Equipment Technology
Phone: 949-448-7056 x7147
E-mail: david.yanes@interfaceusa.com

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