Raven designs and manufactures high performance polymer films and sheet for industrial packaging and OEM markets through the latest technical advancements in manufacturing. Our product expertise in formulating polymers to meet specific performance parameters is second to none; and we work closely with our clients to help tackle their most challenging requirements. Over the past 60 years, Raven has established a solid reputation for manufacturing and supplying high-quality flexible films and sheeting to major markets throughout the United States and abroad.
Raven manufacturing facilities include seven U.S. locations spanning across a 775,000 sq.ft. footprint and contains the latest in state-of-the-art equipment, including blown and cast film and sheeting, lamination/coating, conversion capabilities, and a remarkable accredited test and development facility. Standard product types for the industrial market include custom designed polymers, unique specialty cast composite component materials, textured and scrim reinforced membranes, and lamination film built to precise specifications. Our manufacturing expertise is what sets us apart from the competition by offering some of the most diversified capabilities in the industry, as well as our high standards for quality and one-on-one customer service.
Within our manufacturing capabilities we are able to provide material formulations for multi-layer structure films up to 9-layers, from ultra-thin 0.30 mil to heavy grade 80 mil sheeting, and up to 40' wide large master rolls. Our experience with critical-mission film design dates back to our early years when we first pioneered an innovative ultra-thin film for the construction of high-altitude research balloons for NASA. Our driven product development team consists of design engineers, process specialists, and principle scientists with a vast amount of experience in the design and development of polymer materials.
A vital part of premium product performance starts with quality raw materials. At Raven, we process prime resins (including LDPE, LLDPE, MDPE, HDPE, EVA, PP, NYLON, EVOH, TPO and METALLOCENE based resins) and select specialty additives to control every aspect of the development phase to meet our customers’ unique product performance expectations. Raven is a first choice in quality through our impressive testing and development facility with the latest in test equipment (GAI-LAP Accredited), and state-of-the-art pilot extrusion lines to design and build your products from start to finish.
Raven exclusive product lines are available as well as some unique polymer films designed for custom solutions in various industrial and OEM market solutions. FlexForm® is an advanced barrier flexi-tubing for the transportation of fine wines, oils along with many other delicate cargos that need protection from oxygen and contaminants during transport. FlexForm® barrier flexi-tubing is also a reliable solution for transporting many types of liquid or dry chemical types that require sealed containment and can easily be fabricated by OEM manufacturers to comply with their unique requirements. Ziliant® is developed by Raven as a premier surface component film used for complex composite materials in the OEM market. Raven is fully committed to creating sustainable product solutions, and internally houses a full-scale polymer reclamation facility to capture excess polymers in-line with our green initiatives. Our extensive history in manufacturing and proven product expertise allows us to offer the most innovative and targeted product solutions in the industry today!
Feel free to contact our Industrial Sales Specialists with any questions through our website or at +1 (800) 635-3456, otherwise for specific industrial product request, please submit a "Design New Product" request to obtain information on a specific product or project requirement.
Frequently Asked Questions
What types of films can Raven produce for “Industrial” applications?
Here are Engineered Films, we take pride in the range of markets and applications that we cover. In general, almost everything we make contains and/or protects something. Films used to cover and protect shipments or surfaces, contain liquids, provide a barrier against moisture or gasses, or even as a part or component of an OEM product, are some of the applications that we make films for. Some of these custom films may inevitably overlap into our Ag, Construction, Geo and Energy core markets.
What is Raven’s range of capability for custom films?
The diversity of our equipment allows us a wide capability range, so we’re always happy to talk it over via phone or e-mail when the opportunity presents itself. In general however, we make blown, cast, and reinforced laminated films. Our thicknesses range from roughly .5mil up to 60-80mil, and widths up to 126” in single wound sheeting. Folded seamless widths can be made up to 40’, and much wider seamed widths may be available. Our extrusion lines are capable of up to 7 and 9 layer co-extrusion, so films used as barriers against a variety of gasses and contaminants are possible in a number of widths and thicknesses as well. 2 color printing is available, depending upon what you’re looking for. Of course, what’s possible most often depends in the end upon what you require, so eventually a call or e-mail is always good.
If I’m looking for a custom film, what type of information is helpful to begin exploring the opportunity?
Some insight into the application and what the film will be used for is always helpful to determine film requirements and to make recommendations. Otherwise, width, thickness, film configuration, roll weights or sizes, and core sizes will help to get us started. Volumes and usages are nice to know. What color is the film, will it be exposed to the sun, heat or cold, and chemicals (and for how long). Is the application a new one, or if not, what can we do to improve upon what you’re currently using? Sometimes there’s a list of requirements already on paper, sometimes there’s not!
What if I don’t know exactly what I need a film to do?
When it comes to developing a custom film, knowing and understanding the requirements isn’t always “cut and dried”. Sometimes requirements for tensile strength, tear strength, puncture strength, or maybe a certain value for gas transmission (for instance) are necessary. Our R&D crew and lab can both be great resources in helping with the development of a custom film, and R&D is most often where the process starts. Trial films can be developed and tested during the process, for example.
OK, great! How do I get started?
A call or e-mail to the Industrial group, +1 (800) 635-3456 or email@example.com is a great way to begin exploring whether we can help, and determine feasibility for your project. Looking forward to hearing from you!