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Kiefel thermo-contact welding machine KXT 72 Highliner for ostomy bags.
Kiefel thermo-contact welding machine KXT 72 Highliner for ostomy bags.
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The worldwide market for incontinence and stoma products may grow to US$17.2 billion by 2020, according to Grandview Research. In view of surging market demand, Kiefel GmbH is offering a thermo-contact (TC) welding process for reliable production of ostomy bags.

Modern ostomy bags are made of extremely thin polyolefin film with a two to four-layer structure. Patients need closed or open bags which they can drain through an outlet. In many cases, an integrated activated carbon filter prevents odors.

A plug-in system connects the pouch to the patient's stoma care. Leak-tightness, robustness and reliability are indispensable requirements for all components of the ostomy bag.

Kiefel's TC welding line series KXT produces during a first step stoma bags from a multi-layer plastic film hose via thermal contact welding. The film is heated to its melting point and then pressed in precisely into the contours with a force of up to 12kN.

There are virtually no restrictions to the design of the weld; in the next steps the machine makes a highly leak-proof connection of the various components to the bag with the same technology. The process is always used when it comes to the automated production of highly leak-proof containers for liquids and gases.

The KXT produces up to 2,400 bags per hour in different sizes. Plug-in connection systems, filters, and plastic gaskets can be integrated immediately in the various welding stations of a machine. Both automatic material and component feed and semi-automatic machines are available.

Fast tool changes guarantee a quick changeover to another model. The visual monitoring system and the complete process documentation ensure that the machine recognizes and ejects faulty products immediately.

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that by 2030, 1.4 billion people will be over 60 years of age. In 2015 it was 901 million. The most common colorectal cancer operations associated with a stoma occur between the ages of 60 and 70 years – one of the main factors for the increasing demand for stoma care products.

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