Foster Corp. has added extrusion compounding capacity for custom pre-colored polymers used in Class I medical applications. The new line is designed to optimize pigment dispersion of challenging colors and polymers, and maximize throughput necessary to reduce compounding costs.
The new manufacturing line includes twin-screw extrusion capable of volume output in excess of 1,000 lbs/hour (454 kg/hour). The equipment was designed to serve high volume medical applications where color is critical and cost is important, such as custom colored polymers for bandage or packaging film.
“As a leader in polymer compounding for minimally invasive devices and catheters, Foster has developed an expertise in the dispersion of additives in polymers for thin wall parts,” said Christine Howe, director of manufacturing at Foster Corp. “We have designed this new larger line to provide the same quality and consistency for Class I devices with demanding color requirements. These applications generally consume higher volumes and are under increased pressure to reduce costs.”