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Flat die systems from Nordson help produce the fabrics protecting against COVID-19

Flat die systems from Nordson help produce the fabrics protecting against COVID-19

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The surging demand for devices that protect against COVID-19 includes sheet and coated fabrics whose manufacture calls for flat die systems that in pre-pandemic days often had quite different uses, reports Nordson Corporation.

“Our company’s EDI® Ultraflex™ sheet extrusion dies have been put into service for producing PVC, acrylic, and polycarbonate shields, face guards, sneeze guards, and barriers,” said Patrick Meinen, global product line manager, “and our Premier™ fixed-lip slot dies are now used for coating fabrics and filter membranes specifically intended to protect against COVID-19.”

Some examples of current COVID-19-related orders for Nordson’s flat die products are:

● Sheet Dies for PVC Face Shields. Palram Americas Inc., Kutztown, PA, has ordered a new Ultraflex sheet die, plus additional lips for diversifying the thicknesses available on its existing Ultraflex dies. The extrusion lines involved, located in the United Kingdom, USA and Israel, are for producing various gauges of PVC for clear face shields and protective barriers. A longtime specialist in PVC and polycarbonate sheet for construction, safety and security, home and garden, and other uses, Palram now offers a line of “COVID-19 Solutions” that includes diverse products for use in public environments.

At the same time, another customer that normally specializes in building products has also ordered additional lips for its EDI sheet dies in order to manufacture clear PVC face masks.

● Slot Dies for Filter Membranes. Three dies ordered on a rush basis by one customer are for coating filter membranes which the company says will be used in medical applications to curb the spread of the virus.

“While there continues to be a strong demand for personal protective equipment used in clinical settings, there is now also an urgent need for shields and barriers to facilitate the opening up of workplaces, retail establishments, and public spaces after weeks of lockdown,” said Mr. Meinen. “This has required the use of flat dies, both new and converted from other applications, for the manufacture of clear sheet.”

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