Raven manufactures high performance polymer film and sheeting for the industrial packaging market through the latest in state-of-the-art equipment and select raw materials, including blown and cast film and sheeting, lamination and coating, conversion capabilities, and an accredited test lab and development facility. Product types include custom designed polymers, unique specialty cast composite materials, textured membranes, and lamination sheeting built to precise specifications.
Our expertise in formulating products to meet specific performance parameters is second to none; we are available to work closely with you, and help tackle your most challenging requirements.
Our driven product development team consists of design engineers, R&D and process technicians, and principle scientists with vast experience in the design and development of polymer materials. We are capable of designing up to 9-layer, multi-layer structure films from ultra-thin 0.30 mil, to heavy grade 80 mil thick and up to 40' wide large master rolls. Our experience with critical-mission film design dates back to our early years when we pioneered an innovative ultra-thin film for the construction of high-altitude research balloons for NASA. To date, we have developed many complex film formulations to meet specific customer and industry standards. Simply bring us your requirements, such as barrier properties, heat seal ability, tear resistance, impact strength, chemical resistance, or any other critical properties, and we will tailor a product to meet your expectations. Raven is a first choice in quality through our impressive technology solutions center, an accredited laboratory, the latest in testing equipment (GAI-LAP Accredited), and state-of-the-art pilot extrusion lines to design and build your product from start to finish.
A vital part of product performance is quality raw materials. We process prime resins and additives (including LDPE, LLDPE, MDPE, HDPE, EVA, PP, NYLON, EVOH, TPO and METALLOCENE based resins), controlling every aspect and providing the ultimate in flexibility for film and sheeting design and overall product function.
Below are some applications where we have designed custom solutions for various market needs, from OEM manufacturing process films to barrier flexi-tubing for the transportation of fine wines, oils and many other delicate cargos that need protection from oxygen and contaminants during transport. Barrier flexi-tubing is also a reliable solution for transporting many types of chemicals that require sealed containment and can easily be fabricated by OEM manufacturers to comply with their current specifications. Feel free to contact the EFD Sales Team with any questions, or 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 firstname.lastname@example.org is a great way to begin exploring whether we can help, and determine feasibility for your project. Looking forward to hearing from you!