Catheter Balloon Wrapping, Balloon Folding, Balloon Pleating, Balloon Fluting - Blockwise Engineering

These machines pleat a balloon to form a number of “wings”, and wrap the wings around the catheter shaft. The machines comprise 3 parts: 1) a “pleating station” that divides the balloon into a number of wings spiraled around the central shaft, 2) a “compression station” that tightly compresses the winged balloon, and 3) a “machine base” that controls the process. The pleating and compression dies are temperature-controlled. The differences between the models VE, VC, and VS are not in process quality, but rather in convenience, productivity, and mistake-proofing.

Blockwise balloon wrappers have heated dies, and the VE and VC machines feature full process control with recipes. Learn more about balloon wrapping basics.

Recipe-Controlled Electric Actuation – Model VE

Reliable microcontroller, with touch-screen user interface provides automatic sequencing and timing, and selectable process recipes. Electric actuation puts all process settings under recipe control, adding the final level of productivity and mistake-proofing.

Small (Including PTCA)

Diameter Length Number of Wings# Wings
0-16 mm 62 or 124 mm 2-6

VE with Alpha-Pleat™

Long or Large-Diameter

Diameter Length Number of Wings# Wings
0-30 mm 62-310 mm 2-8

VE with Twin-Cam™

Recipe-Controlled Pneumatic Actuation – Model VC

Our workhorse balloon wrapping machine, repeatedly refined since 2007, VC is used in production by many of the world’s leading manufacturers. Reliable microcontroller, with touch-screen user interface provides automatic sequencing and timing, and selectable process recipes.

Small (Including PTCA)

Diameter Length Number of Wings# Wings
0-14 mm 62 or 124 mm 2-6

VC with Alpha-Pleat™

Long or Large-Diameter

Diameter Length Number of Wings# Wings
0-30 mm 62-310 mm 2-8

VC with Twin-Cam™

Simple Balloon Wrapper - Model VS

In R&D settings and low-production settings, manual control can provide high-quality balloon wrapping. Uses the same pleating and compression stations as Model VC, but lacks computerized control and timing. Process steps are timed by the operator with a stopwatch. Station actuation and balloon inflation are are controlled through hand-operated toggle valves. Temperature control is provided.

Small (Including PTCA)

Diameter Length Number of Wings# Wings
0-14 mm 62 or 124 mm 2-6

VS with Alpha-Pleat™

Long or Large-Diameter

Diameter Length Number of Wings# Wings
0-30 mm 62-310 mm 2-8

VS with Twin-Cam™