Carestream Tollcoating Expands Manufacturing and Prototyping Services

New capabilities and resources will help deliver faster prototyping and scale-up at minimal cost for Carestream Tollcoating customers.

Carestream Tollcoating, a premier provider of precision toll coating services specializing in aqueous and solvent coatings on flexible substrates, has extended its fleet of pilot coaters in three research and production locations. Additional product and process engineers were hired to support the increase in production.

Leveraging 100 years of coating leadership, Carestream Tollcoating saw the need to increase its pilot resources to enable quicker results for its customers. The new capabilities and resources will help deliver faster prototyping and scale-up at minimal cost, and reduce "time to market" for customers coating advanced material solutions onto flexible substrates.

The new pilot coaters feature several improvements, including proprietary coating techniques, enhanced drying methods and streamlined solution delivery systems. The ability to simultaneously use multiple coating techniques at Carestream Tollcoating's different locations enables enhanced collaboration and rapid prototyping and scale-up projects. The pilot coaters were modeled after the larger coaters, assuring transfer to full-scale manufacturability.

Carestream Tollcoating offers contract coating services specializing in the application of aqueous and solvent coatings on flexible substrates for medical imaging, display, battery components, electronic components, inkjet and imaging products. Leveraging intellectual and manufacturing assets acquired from 3M and Eastman Kodak Company, Carestream Tollcoating builds on 100-plus years of coating leadership to deliver an immeasurable wealth of knowledge and problem-solving expertise in precision coating applications, solutions preparation, converting and packaging. Carestream Tollcoating recently announced the establishment of its Coating Assessment Laboratory. The new facility, located in Windsor, Colo., contains custom mixing, solution delivery, coating, drying and analytical equipment used for small scale, early-stage product and process development. The lab enhances Carestream Tollcoating’s ability to predict how a given coating solution and substrate system will behave in various manufacturing operations before scaling up to larger pilot-scale and manufacturing-scale equipment.

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