New York — Materials maker RTP Co. is finding success with laser-markable compounds and has unveiled a new color lineup as well.
"Laser-marking systems like [Unique Device Identification] are gaining more traction and more interest because of FDA requirements," strategic account manager Joe Hennessey said at the UBM Advanced Manufacturing Expo, June 13-15 in New York. "We can help OEMs get their markings on individual medical devices."
Laser-marked applications include injection pens for dosing. Winona, Minn.-based RTP offers a wide range of laser-markable materials in several resins, including PEEK. The technology can overcome difficulties caused by other additives such as carbon black, Hennessey added.
"Medical has a long path of product development, but it's our second-largest market and it's growing at double-digit rates," he said. "We can advise a molder on which material to use. In medical, it's all about minimizing risk."
The color program is part of RTP's Hueforia color development team, which was founded in 2014 and recently updated. New colors for 2018 include Grand Canyon, Obelisk, Midas Touch and Tahitian Blue.
"We've had success in engineering and design markets," sales engineer Brian Lynch said. "Designers want to change colors and see new colors.
"They're always looking for inspiration in everything from the Oscars to the Olympics," he added. "So we want to give them a range they can use for consumer products or other markets."
RTP ranks as one of North America's 30 largest compounders and concentrate makers. The firm operates 17 plants worldwide, making compounds based on 60 different engineering resins.