Full recipe control over balloon wrapping process

Temperature-controlled stainless steel dies

Minimal maintenance with consistent results

Model VC Pneumatic Balloon Wrapper

Custom Die Design is used for all pleating dies in the VC balloon wrapper. The customer is provided with a table to fill in the details of a balloon range, such as distal seal diameter, double wall thickness, inflated diameter, and desired number of wings. One or more stainless steel die sets are then designed to accommodate the largest end of the range. All dies are hardened and electropolished.

Knowledge base: Pleating Die Customization

A product carrier on a manually-powered linear slide holds the catheter and allows the operator to quickly align the balloon catheter to control which parts of the product are pleated and compressed.

A touchscreen HMI (human-machine interface) allows the user to enter settings in “recipes” that specify a set of parameters for the balloon wrapping process. Pressure calibration and gauge checks are easy. Manual mode allows direct commands without a recipe. Engineering, maintenance, and manual functions can be password-protected.

Custom Die Design is used for all pleating dies in the VC balloon wrapper. The customer is provided with a table to fill in the details of a balloon range, such as distal seal diameter, double wall thickness, inflated diameter, and desired number of wings. One or more stainless steel die sets are then designed to accommodate the largest end of the range. All dies are hardened and electropolished.

Knowledge base: Pleating Die Customization

A product carrier on a manually-powered linear slide holds the catheter and allows the operator to quickly align the balloon catheter to control which parts of the product are pleated and compressed.

A touchscreen HMI (human-machine interface) allows the user to enter settings in “recipes” that specify a set of parameters for the balloon wrapping process. Pressure calibration and gauge checks are easy. Manual mode allows direct commands without a recipe. Engineering, maintenance, and manual functions can be password-protected.

The VC wrapping machine has been sold and continuously refined since 2007, with hundreds of machines now in service at about 100 balloon catheter manufacturing companies. 

The pleat station open-stop indicator is easily calibrated without reference instruments. The pressure and temperature readouts may be checked using customer-supplier reference instruments. The manual includes step-by-step instructions.

The process is initiated by either the START button or the Simpluer switch, as desired. The machine prompts the operator to move the catheter through the pleating and compression stations. An information box shows the current state of the process.

The VC machine requires no maintenance. The pleating and compression mechanisms also require no maintenance – just keep them clean. Do not use in a dusty or dirty environment, and blow with compressed air. Clean the center opening with 99% isopropyl alcohol on a lint-free swab or cloth.

Required Installation Connections – Model VC
Description Physical Specs Functional Specs
Electric Power Powers the control system, HMI, heaters, etc. C13 Coupler (IEC 60320) 100-240 VAC 8A 50-60Hz
Compressed Air Powers the Simpluer connector, etc.
(see Knowledge Base: Compressed Air &
High Pressure Gas Connections
)
Instant Tube Fitting Accepts ¼-inch OD Plastic Tube 6.9 to 8.3 bar (100 to 120 psi)

Model VC (G) with Alpha-Pleat™ Stations

The most accurate pleating geometry in the world; Model VCG, with its smaller base plate, accomodates Alpha-Pleat™ stations for balloons up to 14 mm diameter and up to 124 mm overall length. Designed especially for PTCA-sized balloon wrapping, the patented Alpha-Pleat™ station has EDM-cut stainless steel dies that are self guided by extremely precise bearing balls, resulting in unparalleled geometric accuracy with virtually zero wear. The J-Crimp™ compression station relies on non-contacting dies with very small die-to-die gaps.

Diameter Length # Wings Die Material
1-14 mm 62 or 124 mm 2,3,4,5,6 Hardened Stainless Steel

Model VC (T) with RedCrimp™ Station

Model VCT uses a larger base plate that can accommodate the larger Twin-Cam pleating and Red Crimp compression stations, for balloons larger than 14 mm diameter or 124 mm in length. The patented Twin-Cam™ mechanism ensures reliable and consistent pleating, no die-to-die wear, and uniform temperature distribution. The Red Crimp features stainless steel dies are guided by extremely precise bearing balls, resulting in near-perfect geometrical accuracy. The VCT machine base can also accommodate Alpha-Pleat™ and J-Crimp™ stations for pleating and compression.
Diameter Length # Wings Die Material
1-30 mm 62-310 mm 2,3,4,5,6,8 Hardened Stainless Steel