Alga Plastics Co., a custom thermoformer of electrostatic dissipative packaging for the electronics industry and medical packaging, recently added a second clean room to its Cranston, R.I., facility. Stephen L. Taglianetti, president of Alga Plastics, said the company also installed its first unit of Pro/Engineer computer-aided design software to improve mold design capabilities.
Alga added software for statistical process control to help control all phases of manufacturing, provide process documentation and ensure quality.
According to Taglianetti, the firm now offers clear packaging made from 100 percent recycled PVC that is permanently dissipative even for deep-draw applications. The material is supplied by Ex-Tech Plastics Inc. in Richmond, Ill.
Alga recently also received ISO 9001 certification. The company has seven thermoforming lines and employs 50.
BFGoodrich division touts new polymer
The Estane Thermoplastic Polyurethane Division ofBFGoodrich Co. introduced a new, clear Stat-Rite polymer alloying agent called C-2300.
When added to ABS, acrylic blends, PETG and other thermoplastic materials, Stat-RiteC-2300 polymer, processors can provide their electronics customers with reusable, cleanroom-safe, recyclable molded packaging products.
Applications include electronic chip carriers, anti-static bags, thermoformed clamshell packaging and wafer carriers.
Because Stat-Rite C-2300 polymer is blended into the material itself, it can be used in a clean room environment, as there are no particles to flake or scratch off, no off-gassing and no odor.
It does not migrate, leach out or change its anti-static properties over time. Because the polymer is clear and heat-stable, end products can be recycled. Its clear property also allows electronics manufacturers and handlers to see the packaged item for fast product identification and bar code reading without introducing contamination or ESD damage from direct handling of the component.
Flexseal introduces its new Valeron bag
Flexseal International Packaging Corp. of Rochester, N.Y., recently introduced a new dunnage bag made from Valeron film, a multiple-ply cross laminate of five layers of high density and modified low density polyethylene film.
The dunnage bags have an injection molded, quick-release air valve to allow for easy filling and emptying of the air.
Dunnage bags are used in the transportation industry to add cushioning between pallet loads. Flexseal sales manager Charles A. McAteer said the advantage to the polymer dunnage bags includes their recyclability. Other dunnage bags are made from an outer cover of paper with an internal rubber bladder.