Strategic Initiatives Expand Capabilities for Growth into New Markets
Carestream Contract Manufacturing is a proven provider of roll-to-roll precision contract coating services for advanced materials applications.
MEDFORD, Ore. – Carestream Contract Manufacturing, a proven provider of roll-to-roll precision contract coating services for advanced materials applications, opened the year with upgraded multi-layer solution coating capabilities. In 2015, Carestream broadened its offerings for coated and cast film-based advanced materials with growth in display and electronics materials, membranes and cast films, and medical films and device components. Enhanced services and achievements include:
Improved polymer solution casting techniques to enable the custom manufacture of high-performance films for exacting market applications, including polyurethane (PU) films for wound care components, medical tapes and patches; cast film membranes for batteries, fuel cells and haptics/touch sensors; and more.
Expanded hardcoat services for hard coating polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and other substrates, including polycarbonate (PC), polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA), polyethylene naphthalate (PEN), and cyclo-olefin polymer (COP). Carestream’s Clear Hardcoat Film features a proprietary formulation usable on a variety of substrates, which imparts a durable, scratch-resistant surface that looks and wears like glass for display, electronic, optical and graphic applications.
Enhanced multi-layer barrier coating for products, including pharmaceuticals, food packaging andelectronics, to resist penetration by moisture and gasses.
Upgraded clean room operations with new air handling and filtration systems, as well as coater and web line enclosures. The improvements reduce airborne contamination to levels approaching a Class 100 environment in Carestream’s coating and slitting operations, resulting in fewer point defects and higher yields. Carestream also hired new production facility employees to ensure optimal conditions for quality assurance.
The company also earned an honorable mention in the AIMCAL 2015 John Matteucci Award for Technical Excellence in the Web Coating category for Todd Arndorfer’s technical paper “Solution Delivery for High-Precision Coating.”
“We are committed to continuously improving our contract manufacturing capabilities to meet the needs of our valued advanced-material customers,” said Rick Daniels, General Manager of Growth Platforms at Carestream Contract Manufacturing. “We implemented a number of strategic initiatives and technical upgrades in 2015 to offer best-in-class precision coating with quality and cost-efficiency as hallmarks of our service, now and into the future. In 2016, we will continue to apply our process knowledge, experience and quality-driven practices to solve the unique challenges of our customers, while expanding into new applications and markets.”
Carestream Contract Manufacturing
Carestream Contract Manufacturing offers precision contract coating services, specializing in the application of aqueous and solvent coatings on flexible substrates for a wide range of industrial, medical, electronic and other advanced materials applications. Our engineers and material scientists build on more than 100 years of coating leadership to deliver problem-solving expertise in precision coating applications, including fluid design and preparation. State-of-the-art pilot coaters make Carestream an ideal partner for product development and rapid scale-up to large volume. As a focus of its corporate growth initiatives, Carestream also enters joint ventures and partnerships that capitalize on its precision coating capabilities and technologies. For additional information, please visit www.tollcoating.com.
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