RF Heat Sealing

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RF Heat Sealing is the process where radio frequency waves generate energy that is used to heat and compress plastic substrates to create a strong seal or weld. Blackbourn Solutions has the capability to seal flexible substrates to flexible substrates and flexible substrates to rigid. Blackbourn employs a proprietary flat-seal that eliminates the bowing or curling of flexible substrates. Blister packaging, sealing packaging are common applications to create an airtight seal. 
Markets served are media packaging, traffic safety, office accessories, presentation materials, advertising specialties, medical, pharmaceutical, marine, automotive, agriculture and more. Contact us for more information on how we could work with you on your next RF Heat Sealing project.
Specifications and Equipment:PVC, Polyurethane (TPU), PETGFrom .005” to .035” material thicknessStandard product sizing from 1”x1” to 18”x32”. Custom sizing up to 36” wide or products on rolls.Custom Multi-Station RF Sealing Machines, Inline Machines, Single Sealing Machines250,000 Sq. Ft. Facility

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RF Heat Sealing

Custom Vinyl Pocket with Flap

OBJECTIVE: Needed a pocket to hold a record.
SOLUTION: Created a pocket that could hold a record with a flap that could be tucked in to hold it in place. Also allows for a custom full color imprint on the outside, both front and back.
PROCESSES: RF Heat Sealing, Colorvast®, Carton and Ship
SUBSTRATES: 12 ga color vinyl or 7 ga clear vinyl

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RF Heat Sealing

Pomegranate Bookmark Sleeve

OBJECTIVE: Needed a way to display and protect bookmarks for retail sale. Bookmarks needed to be easily inserted and removed from sleeve.
SOLUTION: A simple vinyl sleeve with a hang tab was designed to hold the bookmark, and allows for easy insertion from the top. Also allows for branding to be imprinted on each sleeve.
PROCESSES: RF Heat Sealing, Screenprinting, Diecut, Carton and Ship
SUBSTRATES: 7 ga clear vinyl

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RF Heat Sealing

Custom Vinyl Cover

OBJECTIVE: Needed a cover to protect a small booklet that gets used daily, and needed to allow for the booklet to be replaced weekly.
SOLUTION: Created a simple vinyl sleeve that has small pockets in the front and back that allow the booklet to slide in and be held in place
PROCESSES: RF Heat Sealing, Screenprinting, Carton and Ship
SUBSTRATES: 12 ga white vinyl, 7 ga clear vinyl

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RF Heat Sealing

Safety Data Spiral Flipchart

OBJECTIVE: Manufacturer was looking for a centralized, quick reference for their OSHA standards and emergency procedures. The reference would be posted throughout their warehouses and machinery. 
SOLUTION: The final design to meet the objective was a spiral bound flipchart with 12 clear pockets. Information sheets could be inserted. The staggered tab layout allowed bottom tabs to be visible for finding important information effortlessly. Simple flip-page design quickly conveys important information. Design allowed for easy updating so information can be kept current. Chart could be wall mounted for easy reference. Slim profile takes up minimal space.
PROCESSES: Design, Prototype, RF Heat Sealing, Die-Cut, Carton and Ship.
SUBSTRATES: 35 Gauge Poly, Clear Vinyl, Wire-O-Binding

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Injection Molding

Cellular Base Unit Case

OBJECTIVE: A case/cover was needed for a cellular hub device that monitors properties as well as propane or fuel oil tanks.
SOLUTION: For the hub, the design included multiple components which included the product case and the stand. The materials needed to be durable, but did not need to handle the outdoor elements. This unit is used by Agricultural customers to monitor the building temperature of barns and coops, as well as the tank fueling the heat for the same building. Active diesel tanks and other chemical tanks are also frequently monitored assets on agricultural locations. In addition, seasonal homes are also a common application for the Cellular Base Unit. With the ability to alert to water leaks, furnace burner lock-outs, room temperatures and pool temperatures, this device enables you to provide winter protection for your customer’s home.
PROCESSES: Design, Prototype, Injection Molding, Decoration (Pad Printing), Carton and Ship.
SUBSTRATES: Grey Poly Carbonate

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Thermoforming

Drill Till™ Gardening Tool for Retail

OBJECTIVE: To package, deliver and merchandise the gardening tool for retail. The packaging was designed to best visually highlight the product while also protect the product during handling or shipping.
SOLUTION: Design for this package consisted of a 2-piece clamshell. The clamshell pieces were customized to form-fit the parts of the gardening tool. The design was for maximize retail merchandising, but also to protect sharp pieces during shipping. With applications of in-house engineering support and in-house tool & die department, the project took less than 30 days from design to shipment.
PROCESSES: Engineering Design, Prototype, Thermoform, Die Cut, Carton and Ship.
SUBSTRATES: Clear PVC 25 Gauge

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Thermoforming

iKlear® Cleaning Kit Packaging 

OBJECTIVE: Manufacturer of Dish TV wanted to include cleaning products with their sign up kit as a goodwill/incentive to their clients. Challenge was to keep the cleaning supplies organized and with a retail look. A thermoformed clamshell was formed to fit the contents. The instructions and contents could then be distributed to customers.
SOLUTION: A thermoformed clamshell was designed to form fit the contents. The instructions and contents were designed for maximum merchandising and information of the product. The kits in the clear PVC package could then be consistently distributed to customers.
PROCESSES: Design, Prototype, Thermoform, Die-Cut, Carton and Ship.
SUBSTRATES: Clear PVC

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RF Heat Sealing and Thermoforming

onX Hunt Blister Packaging

OBJECTIVE: Manufacturer needed a package to promote the purchase of their hunting programs.  
SOLUTION: A custom digitally printed blister card was designed to house the program access code and a game license holder. The game license holder was heat sealed vinyl and digitally printed. Both items were sealed together to create a complete package for the retailer to present for sale.
PROCESSES: Design, Prototype, RF Heat Sealing, Decoration (Digital Printing), Thermoforming, Blister Packaging, Carton and Ship.
SUBSTRATES: Suedene Vinyl, Blister Packaging, PVC

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Thermoforming and Injection Molding

BEI Insulator/Shield Covers

OBJECTIVE: The facility needed a cost effective method to reduce the levels of dust in the work environment. Electrified pipes with injection molded white isolators were hung from the ceiling which emit electrons that cause the dust to settle. This resolved the issue of the dust in the work environment, but caused a secondary problem. The dust also settled on the white injection molded isolators themselves which caused a fault shutting the system off. 
SOLUTION: A dust shield was designed. This PVC Cover for BEI Insulator/shield was thermoformed and die cut. The shield was a clear case that locked around each isolator to protect it from the dust. The company’s logo was also thermoformed into the dust shield. The dust removal gave the workers’ healthier surroundings. In addition, down time and frustration of system faults caused by the dust were dramatically reduced.  
PROCESSES: Design, Prototype, Thermoforming, Injection Molding, Die-Cut, Carton and Ship.
SUBSTRATES: Clear PVC, Polyproplyene