As part of ongoing collaboration in extrusion process development, Graham Engineering Corporation and The Conair Group have agreed on an exchange of equipment that will be used in each company’s extrusion laboratory for development and innovation of technology for medical tubing

Graham will provide a 1-inch American Kuhne ULTRA CR extruder with AKcess touchscreen to Conair’s laboratory in Pinconning, MI. Conair will supply its latest MedVac™ vacuum sizing/cooling tank, a MedLine® puller-cutter, and a MedLine take-away conveyor to be installed in the new, dedicated medical laboratory in Graham’s 150,000 square foot (14,000 sq.m) headquarters and factory in York, PA.

“Conair and American Kuhne have a long history of partnering on extrusion applications, not only on equipment, but also on expertise in process optimization, which is vital to the development and testing work taking place in our new medical laboratory in York,” stated Steve Maxson, Graham’s Director of Global Business Development – Medical. “Conair has been on the forefront of efforts to solve complex medical extrusion challenges such as non-contact and contact vacuum-sizing techniques for small bore medical tubing and cutter blade and bushing designs to effectively cut low durometer, difficult-to-feed small bore tubing.”

Maxson said the new medical laboratory  will be working on developments including next-generation medical solutions for bioresorbable tubing for stent scaffolds, multi-layer structures for minimally invasive devices and for the delivery of drugs, gradient tubing, and continued development of the company’s proprietary automatic die-centering technology.

In Conair’s Michigan process-development center, the new American Kuhne extruder will expand the complement of production-scale extrusion equipment installed, said Bob Bessemer, Sales Manager, Medical Downstream Extrusion. “This new extruder will expand our capabilities. It is specially equipped to allow us to process FEP (fluorinated ethylene propylene), which is increasingly being used in tubing for critical medical applications.”

The extruder can also handle high-temperature materials like PEEK (polyether ether ketone) and other medical grade thermoplastics including polyamides and polyurethane.

 

About the Graham Group

The Graham Group acquired majority interest in American Kuhne in 2012, followed by Graham Engineering Corporation’s acquisition of Welex in June 2013. Together, Graham Engineering, American Kuhne, and Welex create a convergence of leading technologies, people, and capabilities in extrusion. Graham is a privately held company headquartered in York, Pennsylvania, USA.

Graham Engineering is the global standard in wheel and industrial extrusion blow molding solutions, with 400 installations in 20 countries. Graham Engineering offers package design, product development and processing expertise, along with monolayer, multilayer, and barrier extrusion blow molding equipment and technology upgrades. Visit www.grahamengineering.com.

American Kuhne is the preferred provider of engineered solutions for plastics, rubber, and silicone extrusion. American Kuhne solutions comprise standard and custom single screw extruders, feed screws, extrusion systems, and specialized turnkey systems for laboratory, medical tubing, narrow web, wire and cable, pipe, tubing, and profile applications. Visit www.americankuhne.com.

Welex is the global standard in high performance sheet extrusion solutions, with over four decades of leadership. Welex solutions are installed in more than 3,000 customer locations in 69 countries. The company’s innovations include co-extrusion and multi-layer methods that lead the industry as well as dozens of barrier lines installed globally. Visit www.welex.com.

 

About The Conair Group

The Conair Group is a leading global supplier of auxiliary equipment for plastics processors and a recognized authority on downstream extrusion processing, especially production of microbore tubing used in precision products like heart and brain catheters. The latest technology in sizing, cooling and cutting, together with gauging and extrusion control knowledge, helps customers reduce wall thickness and ovality variation and maintain the highest quality levels while using less material to make more tubing. Visit www.conairgroup.com.