Industrial Dip Molding
DipTech Systems® offers development, pilot scale and high volume production equipment for a diverse assortment of industrial and consumer related dip molded products including gloves, sleeves, grips, caps, bladders, and protective housings.
Our equipment’s robust mechanical design aids in reducing down time and optimize production results for demanding manufacturing environments. The use of common hardware and implementation of a modular design reduces spare parts inventory requirements.
DipTech Systems® experienced electrical controls engineers can utilize a wide array of PLC or PC based control hardware platforms to match your existing manufacturing infrastructure.
DipTech’s services include start-up and installation services as well as on-site preventative maintenance and troubleshooting. On-call service is available 24 hours a day.
PVC, vinyl or plastisol dip molding equipment is one of the largest segments of industrial and consumer product dip molding and slush molding equipment that is custom manufactured by DipTech Systems®.
From high volume continuous motion vinyl glove lines to rotary and inline batch systems designed for grips, caps and covers, DipTech Systems®’ PVC equipment leads the industry.
Batch system offers the integration of multi-dip capabilities for dual-walled or multiple color products. In addition to commonly recognized products such as beverage can holders, tool handles which feature a durable rigid interior and an outer soft or foam covering are produced with a multiple dip process. The tool, grip and cover industry capitalizes on the ability to use the flexible dip molding process to allow one set of tooling that can produce parts with different wall thicknesses and lengths. Tooling can be attached to removable channels or mounting plates offering quick change over for size or style.
High volume continuous chain lines offer full automation for the production of vinyl gloves for the food service and electronics clean room industries. Automated stripping, integrated product handling and advanced process monitoring removes many of the previous labor constraints associated with domestic manufacturing of this high demand product line.
Slush molding systems offer the ability to produce complex geometry and intricate exterior features with similar methods to that of dip molding. As with dip molding, slush molding offers a less expensive method than that of injection molding. Hollow metal molds are filled with plastisol and conveyed through a process which includes preheating, manipulation to distribute the solution and curing stations to crosslink the solution. The finished thin skin of vinyl on the interior of the metal mold is then removed, and the process is resumed. Unlike resin casting, metal molds are capable of producing high numbers of castings.
Contact DipTech Systems® to review your PVC project.
Research & Pilot Scale
DipTech Systems® offers our Diplomat® series to assist customers with their dip molding and dip coating research & development needs. The Diplomat™ series is also appropriately sized to address pilot and small scale production requirements.
Development equipment is often the crucial means to ensure accurate process definition and is instrumental in the production of test and marketing samples as well as the evaluation of multiple polymers or solutions.
Innovative design has made the Diptech Systems Diplomat® series the recognized leader in dip molding and dip coating development and small scale production equipment.
Precision control of up to five (5) axes of fully programmable motion is integrated with other critical features including automated tank temperature control, solution mixing, pumping system, convection drying, thermal, U.V.& I.R. curing and many more.
Load capacities offered in our HD series allow for product or mold payloads in excess of 45 Kg. (100 pounds).
Optimized by one of DipTech Systems®’ advanced control systems, the Diplomat® series can be controlled by a standard desk top or lap top PC or by a variety of PLC brands offered to match your company standards. The Visual Basic PC controlled platform offers:
• Multiple axes coordinated control which allows for precision application of polymer or other coatings and elimination of air entrapment for the most challenging mold or product geometries.
• Adaptable for multiple process and product characteristics, the Diplomat® series will support various polymers and has been specifically designed for use with solvent based dip molding and dip coating chemistry.
• Tested and dependable, the Diplomat® series’ robust design will offer years of dependable service.
Please contact DipTech Systems® to review your product or process needs and allow us to generate a customized research or pilot scale system for your project.
Production equipment options include both high volume continuous chain lines and precision batch systems. DipTech Systems® offers the expertise to assist in the selection of the proper equipment style and size to optimize your project success. Focusing on the high demands that are related to production equipment, DipTech Systems® designs for continuous operation with minimal down time and incorporate modular design to aid in optimizing MTTR associated with most wear item replacement. DipTech Systems technical team can assist you with the development and implementation of validation for your customized equipment. We can assist our customers with their process validation, including Installation qualification (IQ), Operational qualification (OQ) and Performance qualification (PQ).
High Volume Chain Line
High volume continuous chain dip molding systems, often referred to as drag chain lines, offer high volume capacities for narrow product families with defined process parameters. Typically supplied for aqueous based polymers, continuous chain lines can be considered for some solvent based products. High volume continuous motion or chain lines are capable of producing over 1000 pieces per minute. Because the line transports the molds through the system at a constant speed, each station length sets the timing available for the process being performed at that station. To assist in defining the process requirements necessary for the development of the high volume production equipment, DipTech Systems® offers R&D equipment capable of simulating the chain line features. Alternatively we offer assistance in our in-house lab by working with you to define these important process requirements.
Batch or robotic style equipment offers the ability to perform complex manipulations repetitively and provide variability for large arrays of product sizes, geometry and polymers.
Batch dip molding system offer lower to intermediate volume capacities and are widely utilized with both aqueous and solvent based solutions. Their design specifically lends this technology to solvent based solutions as key stations can be contained in full enclosures with relative ease for containment of solvents and control of solvent levels and environmental conditions.
Batch systems allow process parameters to be varied through the control system as chemistry or product changes dictate. We strive to provide sufficient range in control parameters to limit the need to alter the equipment design for even large process changes.
Batch systems offer greater flexibility for confined floor space or ceiling height limitations and have the ability to be oriented in numerous configurations.
Batch systems also permit ready access to the product or tooling by the operator during the process, which, in the case of complex moldings such as some Foley or venous catheters, is a necessity to introduce key features such as the lumen wire, reinforcement wiring or balloons to the molded product.
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