News | February 7, 2017

FLEXcon Announces Collaboration With Polestar Technologies To Manufacture Optical CO2 Sensor


FLEXcon Company, Inc., an innovator in adhesive coating and laminating, today announced a collaboration with Polestar Technologies in Needham Heights, Massachusetts, a company that specializes in high-tech sensors and monitoring equipment, to manufacture optical sensor technology for use with life support systems such as the mixed gas rebreathers used by emergency personnel as well as for recreational diving. Polestar Technologies holds intellectual property for a sensing composite that needed to be coated on a pressure-sensitive product. FLEXcon, through application testing with Polestar and work with suppliers, successfully manufactured a commercial quantity of the product that will be generally available to the diving community in the near future.

The rebreather product is a quarter-sized disc of polymer film that changes from blue to yellow in a reversible and predictable way when exposed to CO2. A white LED light illuminates the disc from a sealed pot below that houses the electronics. Then, a digital meter reads the color, which is converted to the CO2 level.

“Polestar Technologies is a great example of how FLEXcon collaborates with companies on concepts and brings their technology into manufacturing scale. Regardless of the size or the turnaround time for sales, FLEXcon relishes the chance to solve problems for our customers and technology partners,” said Shaun McDonough, Medical Market Development Specialist, Performance Products Business Team, FLEXcon. “We are proud of the continual iterative process FLEXcon uses to ensure Polestar gets the right product for their application.”

“FLEXcon made it easy to take an idea from concept to reality,” said Jim Biagioni, COO at Polestar Technologies. “The team worked with us every step of the way to translate our technology from a lab scale to a repeatable, manufacturing process. FLEXcon developed a custom solution for us to use in our product development that solves a real need for our customer base.”

For more information on Polestar Technologies’ Optical Process Monitors, please visit or call (781) 449-2284.

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About FLEXcon
FLEXcon Company, Inc. is a global leader in coated and laminated films and adhesives used in graphics applications, manufactured goods and new products. A family owned company for over 60 years, FLEXcon has provided a collaborative, consultative approach to deliver unique solutions that help customers achieve better business results. FLEXcon is a trusted partner to a wide range of companies from printers and fabricators to engineers and designers developing products for existing and emerging markets. Headquartered in Spencer, Mass., the company has operations throughout North America and Europe with distribution worldwide. For more information, visit, follow FLEXcon on Twitter @FLEXcon, or call 1-508-885-8200.

About Polestar Technologies
Polestar Technologies, Inc. is a woman-owned small business established in 1993 that offers a variety of products and services, including optical monitoring, sensing, and probes for technologies for lab, industrial, commercial, and government industries. Polestar’s expertise lies in its ability to develop new sensing technologies for a variety of difficult industrial and government applications.


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