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Gasbag - the new high-tech pouch

The Gasbag consists of a laminate with a thickness of about 200 microns. It features a layer of high barrier aluminium and several layers of various polyamide films.

  • With the combination of different polyamide layers in the laminate and a suitable spout the gasbag guarantees a high mechanical, thermal, and chemical stability
  • The aluminium assures very high impermeability to gas

The first-time use of a pure polyamide laminate of five different layers imposes new challenges on the manufacturing process and the process technology.

 

Film structure
  • Production of a composite with various polyamides in the lamination
  • Narrow process window, due to the hygroscopic properties of polyamide
  • Sealing of a polyamide spout
Benefits
  • Deployment of latest manufacturing technology in pouchmaking with induction sealing
  • Minimal permeation rate for lowest gas and pressure losses across the deployment period
  • High mechanical and thermal strength of the 200-micron laminate with polyamide
  • Good chemical resistance in oily environments

 



Gasbag - Technical innovation

The worldwide new pouch facility with automated induction sealing technology optimally solves the challenges of polyamides with reliable processes:

  • A new multi-ply laminate structure with minimal nitrogen permeability and superb dynamic-mechanical performance in hydraulic fluid media
  • First-time use of polyamide as a filling spout
  • First-time implementation of induction sealing technology in a pouchmaking facility for the seal seams and also for the filling spout
  • Automated production with digital logging and 100% traceability of all process steps

The deployed process technology defines new and better standards in processing flexible laminate.



Best practice

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The aluminium assures very high impermeability to gas. Due to the polyamide, the laminate and a filling spout can be converted into a Gasbag inflated with nitrogen while preserving mechanical, thermal, and chemical stability in hydraulic fluid.



Awards

SPE Award 2019 (Special Awards)
IATF16949 - First edition certified