At PaintExpo in Karlsruhe, APT Advanced Polymer Tubing and Novoplast Schlauchtechnik, the two experts for industrial hoses of the Masterflex Group, will be showcasing innovative products and customised solutions developed specifically for use by the industrial and automated painting sector.
APT Advanced Polymer Tubing, a Masterflex Group brand, together with a manufacturer of painting facilities has developed a new process for labelling fluoropolymer tubing. This new technology allows for the unique, customized, and sustainable labelling of FEP and PFA tubes.
Especially in the context of traceability, the labelling of products and components for industrial applications has become more and more important in the past years. In the case of products made of fluoropolymers, however, this is a complex issue. Due to the anti-adhesive properties of the materials, labels applied with commercial labelling systems, for instance, simply do not adhere to them. The processes currently in use are not ideal either: Tubes that are coloured by colour pigments are not suitable since the colours can be copied very easily. Burning in the labelling by a laser beam, on the other hand, may damage the tubing.
APT Advanced Polymer Tubing, a Masterflex Group brand, is extending its product portfolio to include corrugated tubing made from fluoropolymers.
Corrugated tubes made from fully fluorinated fluoropolymers such as PTFE, FEP and PFA are resistant to virtually all types of chemicals such as solvents, acids and lyes. Irrespective of the polymer used, they have a continuous service temperature of up to +260°C and are even suitable for cryogenic applications (applications in extremely low temperature environments). They are also UV and weather-resistant and virtually do not age.
APT will be certified as complying with the requirements of German standard DIN EN ISO 9001:2015 for another three years. The certificate was issued by the ICG (International Certification Group) in early November and compliance with the stipulations will be regularly monitored.
“We are very proud to have earned this distinction,” says Erich Kipping, CEO of APT. “It demonstrates that we are ideally prepared when it comes to overcoming current and future challenges and tasks.”
DIN EN ISO 9001:2015 certification confirms that an organisation operates an effective quality management (QM) system. In addition, the standard specifies that the certified organisation must continue to improve its QM system, and must demonstrate and document that it is doing so.
The international quality management standard ISO 9001 has been undergoing revision since 2012 and the latest version – ISO 9001:2015 – was published in September 2015 and replaces revised version 9001:2008.
With this in view, the entire quality management system at APT was subjected to evaluation to ensure that it complies with the provisions of the latest version 9001:2015 – as it turned, out with success. This means that all our process stages will be more verifiable and transparent for our customers.
These words are among the responses given by Erich Kipping, CEO of APT, the specialist for hoses made of fluoropolymers and a member of the Masterflex Group, during an interview with SIKORA AG, a leading manufacturer and distributor of measuring and control technology products for the tubing and hose sector. For many years, APT has been relying on inline X-ray measuring systems supplied by SIKORA that provide for optimal process control and documentation.