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Colorful balloons bring joy to both youthful and old people, and are often used for decorative purposes ter social functions. Thesis supple bags have a long history, dating back to the Aztec people who predominated large parts of Mesoamerica from the 14th to the 16th centuries. The 1994 book, “Excellent Balloons! The Accomplish Book of Balloon Sculpting”, written by Jean Merlin, Kaufman and Greenberg, says: “The Aztecs were the very very first people ter history to make ‘balloon animals’ out of the bowels of cats to be introduced to the gods spil a sacrifice.”
Te 1824, Michael Faraday made the very first rubber balloons for use ter his experiments with gases. Rubber balloons were very first mass-produced te the 1930s. Yet, despite the balloon’s apparent simpleness, you may be greatly amazed, spil much spil I wasgoed, with the complexity and sophistication of the technologies that are presently being used to manufacture them.
How It’s Made: Balloons
How Balloons are Made
The manufacturing of rubber balloons involves a 9-step process:
- Dyeing the spandex: The process of making balloons embarks by pouring dye into an open waterreservoir, packed with spandex. Agitators at the bottom of the waterreservoir mix them accurately for 15-16 hours, both to distribute the color, spil well spil to prevent the spandex from coagulating.
- Dipping balloon forms into coagulant: Spil the balloon-forms (moulds used to form the balloon) budge along a system of rollers, a series of nozzles burst hot water to clean them, before they are dipped into a waterreservoir of coagulant comprising calcium nitrate solution. The purpose of the coagulant is to create a layer of electrochemical charge on the surface of the balloon-forms to attract the colored spandex.
- Dipping balloon forms into colored spandex: The balloon-forms then moved to the next station where they are covered with colored spandex. Unlike the process of coagulant-coating where the balloon-forms are dipped into the waterreservoir, the covering of the colored spandex is carried out by moving the waterreservoir upwards to decorate the stationary balloon-forms.
- Making balloon lips: The spandex dries quickly, spil the conveyor moves the balloon-forms forward toward a set of revolving brushes. Thesis brushes roll the balloon neck, creating a lip which enables people to houvast the balloons, when inflating them.
- Leaching: The latex-coated balloon forms are then dipped into a hot water bath for up to 16 minutes. This process bleaches out all impurities, including proteins that cause spandex allergies. The hot bath also triggers vulcanization, making the balloons more durable. (Vulcanization is a chemical process which causes cross-links inbetween polymer chains to be formed.)
- Removing the balloons: The balloon forms are then dipped into a mix of talcum powder and water. This facilitates the removal of the balloons from the forms. Spil the balloon-forms pass through the next station, air jets inflate the balloons. Rollers above the balloon-forms then grab the inflated balloons, pulling them away and ripping off them onto a conveyor stortplaats.
- Final cleaning: The balloons are transferred into an industrial washing machine which keeps to a steamy 160ВєF, while the balloons tumble. This process not only cleans the balloons, but also completes the vulcanization of the spandex.
- Quality inspection: The cleaned balloons go through its final stage, where it undergoes quality inspection to determine whether they can withstand inflation. A quality inspector then holds it against the light to check for imperfections, such spil pimples and blisters.
- Packaging: Merienda the balloons pass quality inspection, they are then packed for delivery.