ATL produces thousands of custom bladder-type fabrications for a host of industries including defense, aerospace, marine, automotive and environmental. These devices include inflatable bladders, floatation pontoons, marine fenders, tank liners, clutches, dampers, actuators, hydraulic accumulators, attenuators, presses, cuffs, gas samplers, lift bags, balloons, compensators, air cells, forms, pneumatic structures, pipe plugs, ducting, flex-tanks, breather bags, airtight zipper bags, inflatable targets, decoys, seals, pond liners, dikes and collapsible drums. ATL's advanced design and engineering capabilities are state-of-the-art. Our CAD-design department and robotics enable us to readily accelerate the design-and-build process.
With in-house tooling and fabrication fixtures, ATL can turn most any idea into reality. ATL's custom tailored solutions can address abrasion, elasticity, strength, pressure, chemical resistance, temperature and many other parameters.
The company maintains an enormous inventory of rubber and synthetic elastomer stock, plus over 100 reinforced flexible composites. Some of the film and coated fabrics ATL works with include nitrile, urethane, vinyl, neoprene and fluoropolymers. This stockpile of high performance raw materials extends from .003" (.07 mm) films to .125" (3.18 mm) ultra-duty rubberized ballistic fabrics.
As a result, ATL can offer both prototype and production inflatables, liners and bladder tanks within weeks and sometimes days!
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ATL Gas Recovery Bladder Tanks
ATL produces low permeation, flexible pillow-style and custom configured bladders for the recovery, isolation/purification and storage of natural gases at atmospheric pressure prior to compression into a natural gas pipeline. ATL bladders act as both a long or short term storage solution for natural gas (primarily methane) and it's by-products which include ethane, propane, butanes, pentanes, hydrogen sulfide, carbon dioxide, water vapor, helium, and nitrogen. ATL bladders are available in standard sizes up to ≈ 7000 cubic feet and can be custom built to fit any permanent installation or portable site trailer/container.
Inflatable Press Bladders
ATL Hydraulic/Pneumatic Press Bladders
A very popular bladder application is "pressing" materials together for producing laminates, composites, compound shapes, stress analysis and simulations. Advantages are uniform pressure distribution, low cost, large area and fast cyclying.
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Longtime customer, Acrylic Idea Factory, utilizes ATL's rubberized, nylon-reinforced pneumatic press bladders when manufacturing their line of acrylic products.
"For nearly 10 years, we have been utilizing ATL's press bladders in the production of our world-renowned guitars. These high quality bladders withstand the heat and pressure of our adhesion process and significantly cut production time while improving ergonomics. Best of all, the bladders allow us to regulate the exact amount of pressure being applied to the guitar body. ATL's press bladders ensure a consistent end-product time after time."
Dick Boak C.F. Martin & Co., Nazareth, PA
Flexible Fluid Reservoirs
Collapsible Oil Reservoir Bladders
This hydraulic power unit (HPU) utilizes a fully collapsible ATL bladder that serves as a reservoir for mineral based hydraulic oil. These particular bladders are equipped with 3 composite flanges.
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ATL Bladder Size Capabilities
There are virtually no limitations when it comes to the size of your custom ATL liquid filled or air inflatable bladder. From 1 fluid ounce to 100,000 gallons, ATL can build just about any flex-device in its combined 200,000 sq. foot production facilities.
ATL Design/Engineering System Capabilities
ATL's highly skilled CAD-CAM Engineers use the latest hardware and software to bring your ideas to life. We are fluent in: KeyCreator, Auto CAD and CATIA and can accept .step, .dxf, .dwg, .iges, etc. files.
ATL Precision Composite Cutting Capabilities
ATL's wide variety of flexible composite materials are precision cut on state- of-the-art equipment using CAD-CAM templates and tool paths designed by ATL engineers.
ATL CNC Machining Capabilities
ATL utilizes modernCNC Machines to create custom hardware and fittings for its bladders. Sometimes a totally custom flexible bladder requires totally custom hardware and ATL is ready to tackle any challenge.
ATL Production Capabilities
ATL uses 12 different techniques and technologies to create its custom flexible composite bladders. These include: molding, vulcanizing, thermoforming, thermal-fusion, dielectrics, friction welding and laser beading.