From expert manufacturing to state of the art machinery: how do we create your finished product?
Whether you are interested in manufacturing a one-off, personalised birthday balloon or quantities in the millions, branded latex gloves for your business, or even a customised football, you have probably wondered how your clients design ends up being printed perfectly onto their chosen product. From artwork preparation to bespoke machinery, we are experts in manufacturing all kinds of latex products, for all kinds of customers, and all kinds of occasions. But how does the process actually work? Let us start with some of the of products that our leading manufacturing machines can make, and look at exactly how these products are made.
Let us say you are considering manufacturing a set of branded balloons for your clients to advertise their business at an event, or to brighten up their workplace or party event. The first step in the manufacturing process is to produce the actual latex balloons themselves, using our specialised batch dipping machinery. Rather than using more conventional chain machine equipment that requires a lot of maintenance and modifications, batch dipping manufacturing is built around flexibility, so your products can be made in a whole range of shapes and sizes, without the fuss of modifying the machinery each time. This extremely versatile manufacturing produces your balloons quickly and efficiently, meaning your finished balloons can get to you and your clients more promptly than ever before. Two of the main processes that can be used at this stage are the air strip and the water strip manufacturing processes.
The air strip method
Manufacturing your balloons within an air strip plant is a more traditional technique that has been used in balloon plants all over the world. Taking around 18 seconds to strip 24 round-shape balloons, the air strip manufacturing method uses 35kw of compressor energy for each cycle it processes, this method has the added benefit of keeping the balloon dry straight after the manufacturing process, Greenbrook machines make the whole balloon line much quicker than more conventional manufacturing methods.
The water strip method
A more modern way of manufacturing balloons with batch dipping is to make use of the water strip method. With manufacturers in Spain, Malaysia, Peru, Thailand, Vietnam and Poland all manufacturing their balloons within a water strip plant, this method is becoming more and more popular. Manufacturing using the water strip process reduces the stripping time to 12 seconds, with quad stripping making the process even faster, smaller balloons stripping at well over 20,000 balloons per hour, previously un-heard of, bringing a revolution to balloon production. Both the water strip and air strip batch dipping methods make sure that only the highest quality balloons end up at your clients door.
Both of these manufacturing processes also use programmable batch dipping with substantial leaching systems, washing the balloon of chemicals and natural proteins, which means your balloons can be used safely for all countries legislation requirements and printed to any specifications of colour, shape and size. The flexibility of batch dipping means that our manufacturing machinery is entirely versatile, meaning many more items can be produced, with much less waste. Additionally, our auto oven door development means that the amount of heat lost during the manufacturing process is significantly reduced, saving your business a substantial amount of cost and energy.
Once the latex balloons have been produced, the next stage in the manufacturing process can be to use a silk screen printing machine to perfectly print your chosen design onto your balloon. Silk screen printing is one of the most popular ways in which businesses can replicate their branding or design onto a new product. From balloons to t-shirts, ceramics and even wooden objects, this method is a versatile way of manufacturing a whole range of different items and has been used for thousands of years. Sound familiar? Silk screen printing is also a popular form of artistic expression, having being used most often in the 20th century by artists like Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein - so not only is your balloon manufacturing being processed by expert machinery, it is also using celebrated artistic techniques to do so. By manufacturing your designs in this way, you can make sure each and every one of your products is printed to the highest quality, with a design that is as colourful and intricate as your clients would like it to be.
Once the manufacturing process is complete, your balloons are ready to be used almost instantly. No matter where you are in the world, your products can reach your clients as soon as is possible. Our manufacturing machines are in use internationally, with over 47 of our batch balloon dipping plants installed in Thailand, Turkey, Brazil and Argentina, to name a few. So whichever market you are in, your clients are sure to find a whole range of high-quality balloons and other products, all within easy reach.
Here at Greenbrook Automations, we know all there is to know about manufacturing the best products for your clients, develop your product with our in-house Greenbrook Dipping lab dipper or on our pilot production plant, so whether you are looking for your own bespoke machinery or the perfect finished product, contact us for unrivalled industry expertise alongside a friendly, personal service. If you would like to learn more about the machinery and manufacturing options we can offer your business, come and speak to us at the Hong Kong Toys and Games Fair from 7th-10th January 2019.