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Interface Catheter Solution Receives Patent for Balloon Catheter Folding/Wrapping Machines



The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently awarded Interface Catheter Solutions a patent for “balloon catheter folding and wrapping devices and methods” (Patent No. US 7,762,804).



Published August 24, 2010
Interface Catheter Solution Receives Patent for Balloon Catheter Folding/Wrapping Machines
The patent covers equipment and processes that use arms and blades to create multiple folds in a balloon catheter. Precise radial movement of temperature controlled blades substantially speeds up, simplifies and improves the balloon folding and wrapping process. The balloon can be folded with high consistency and uniformity.  The fluter and wrapper provides a minimal profile wrapped balloon for catheter manufacturing

Depending on the fluting model selected, the balloon can be folded into three, four, five, six or eight flutes. The balloon wrapping method is similar, where the blades wrap a folded balloon around a catheter shaft to minimize the diameter of the balloon catheter.   The compact fixtures can be ordered with different lengths of folding blades that accommodate balloons from 1 cm to 14 cm long (models are available up to 25 cm long).

“The patent allows us to continue to innovate and deliver the most reliable solutions to our customers,” said Interface CEO Gary Curtis. “We have recently launched our dual fluting and wrapping machine the DFW-1000.  The DFW-1000 provides simple set-up, top-loading, pivoting catheter platform, easy to program touch screen, interchangeable blade systems and fluter and wrapper modules with improved alignment.”


Interface Catheter Solutions is the only vertically integrated provider of outsourced solutions for balloon catheter manufacturing, according to the company. Interface has been solely focused on the balloon catheter market since 1995 and continually sets industry standards through process and equipment advancements in balloon catheter manufacturing.
 

Interface has created more than 2,000 balloon designs, and offers balloon design and development, extruded balloon tubing, balloon contract manufacturing, plus a comprehensive line of balloon catheter production and testing equipment. Interface is ISO 13485:2003 certified and operates multiple class 10,000 (ISO Class 7) and 100,000 (ISO Class 8) clean rooms in three facilities. Interface’s headquarters is located in La



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