VCF’s Innovative Manufacturing Requires Joint Effort
VCF Films’ new web coating line is capable of processing many different polymers and additives and applies them to virtually any flexible substrate. But the additional machinery was just the beginning of many changes for industry leader VCF.
Howell, Michigan (PRWEB) January 13, 2013
In 2012 VCF Films, a leading manufacturer of thin polymer films and coatings for a variety of industries, announced its CEB 500 custom slot-die coating production line that enables them to produce highly engineered films for flexible electronics and displays, medical, aerospace, solar energy and optical devices. The new web coating line is capable of processing many different polymers and additives and applies them to virtually any flexible substrate. But the additional machinery was just the beginning of many changes for VCF.
For the past several months, Director of Engineering Cliff Lichlyter, who joined VCF in 1972, Technical Sales Engineer Dr. J.C. Brouet, and R&D Chemist Dr. Russell Goering have worked to oversee the installation and fine-tuning of VCF´s new line. The three-way partnership has created the perfect synergy of hard-core manufacturing experience with critical polymer engineering expertise.
“Our entry into these specialized markets requires an extremely high level of quality control and formulation knowledge,” said Vice President of Sales and Marketing Ray Durling. “J.C. and Russell´s background in chemistry and their scientific approach to production adds a new layer of expertise that our customers demand. Cliff´s 40 years in slot die manufacturing has served us well in the construction, testing and operations of our new casting line.” VCF works with customers developing new products in many different industries. One such area is the production of carbon conductive films for medical electrodes. “J.C., Russell and Cliff have been critical in refining our process in order to deliver superior products to our customers,” said Durling.
“The new markets we work in and the high cost of materials involved require a meticulous approach to formulating coatings and fine-tuning our machinery,” said Brouet. “We are ever-conscious of material savings, higher efficiency and tighter quality demands in our production methods.” “We employ Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and constantly push our production staff for zero defects and more stringent cost controls — resulting in higher quality products than we could produce in the past,” said Lichlyter.
According to Durling, “We are now working with several customers in the medical and pharmaceutical space. These customers use sophisticated and costly coating materials that demand complex formulations and extremely tight tolerances. J.C. brings the emphasis on quality and consistency that we need to become a leader in these niche markets. Cliff has the industry know-how and operations experience to manage the manufacturing process. Russell continues to apply his chemical formulation experience to our new products. This is truly a team effort that would not be possible without the specific contributions of these three industry experts.”
About VCF Films
VCF is globally-renowned for producing the highest quality slot-die thin films and coatings using a wide range of polymers, solvents, additives and substrates. Their films are used in hi tech products including medical devices, displays, automotive, flexible electronics and optical applications. With state-of-the-art custom slot die coaters and clean production techniques, VCF Films brings a half century of solution casting mastery to the unique thin film converting challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.
Since 1964 VCF Films has delivered highly engineered thin film and coating solutions to manufacturers and converters worldwide. The company´s slot-die coating process for producing polymer films is the most precise method of thin film manufacturing, yielding the world´s thinnest films that are pinhole and gel free across consistent and repeatable roll-to-roll batch runs, with optical clarity and dimensional stability unmatched by other processes or manufacturers. VCF´s latest technology allows them to cast tight tolerance films as thin as just a few microns on a wide variety of substrates to produce high temperature and flame-resistant films, conductive films and optical films and coatings.
For more information visit http://www.vcffilms.com or call 888-905-7680.
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