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THE MAKING OF A TROJAN™ CONDOM
Quality by design.
So how does a TROJAN™ Condom become a TROJAN™ Condom? Glad you asked because you don’t become America’s most trusted brand without a commitment to quality.
The TROJAN™ Quality Control team keeps a vigilant eye on each step of the process. When raw latex arrives, Quality Control specialists take samples and test them based on strict specifications. They then test again at the end of the vulcanizing process. Don’t know what vulcanizing means? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. See Step #1 below where the process is defined.
During dipping, Quality Control technicians monitor and collect condom samples hourly. The samples, with lot numbers carefully recorded, are taken to the lab and put through several tests. If samples from any batch prove to be sub-standard, the problem is investigated immediately and corrected. Sub-standard lots are rejected and destroyed.
Condoms are then dried, coated with a non-stick agent and tested for air burst break and volume properties, and for water leakage. Only lots that pass all required testing are permitted to be processed further. All sub-standard lots are rejected and destroyed.
After the electronic testing process the condoms are individually sealed in foiled pouches, and ready for final testing and Quality Control acceptance. At this stage, all lots are tested for air burst pressure and volume, proper seal on the foil, and that all labeling, cartoning, expiration dating and lubricant weights and type are correct. Only lots that pass all of these requirements are released for sale by Quality Control. All other lots are destroyed.
Here is a brief overview of how TROJAN™ latex condoms are made.
Step #1: Building strength with vulcanization
No, vulcanization has nothing to do with pointy-eared aliens. It’s the process we use to compound raw latex, giving it strength and elasticity. We pump raw latex into compounding kettles, add other materials and turn up the heat. We then store the liquid latex compound in stainless steel tanks.
Step #2: A quick dip, on to the oven, then a bath
Many a health spa would be jealous. We dip clean glass molds into the latex bath, then cure them in an oven at 175 ºº Fahrenheit. From there, the glass molds are given a hot-water bath. Then, rotating brushes remove the condoms from the molds.
Step #3: On the dry side
The condoms are dried in batches of about 50,000 in large dryers for two hours.
Step #4: Electronic testing
Electronic testing machines make sure every TROJAN™ condom is up to snuff. Each condom travels on a stainless steel mold into a water solution charged with an electric current. If current passes through the condom to the mold, there’s a hole in the condom and it’s off to the "reject" bin.
Step #5: Foiled
The condoms that ace the electronic test are individually sealed in foil pouches, and coded with a lot number and expiration date. Pouches are inspected by hand as they travel off the line.
Step #6: Hitting the shelves
We insert pouches into cartons and code them with lot numbers and expiration dates. We then bundle the cartons and ship them to retailers.
Condoms have been used for a lot longer than the 1980s.
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How to read:
The expiration date in this case is June 2013. The first two letters represent the plant. The first numeric digit represents the year of manufacture. The next three digits represent the day of the year of manufacture. Any remaining letters or numbers represent the dip line, foiling line, and the testing line. In the example above, the condom was produced on the 156th day of 2010.
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TROJAN™ Supra™ BareSkin™ brand condoms are made from polyurethane. The risks of pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including AIDS (HIV infection), are not known for this variety of condom. A study is underway. There are laboratory tests on our Microsheer polyurethane material showing that sperm and organisms even as small as viruses like HIV cannot pass through the condom.
The active ingredient Benzocaine is applied inside the condom. Benzocaine is a mild topical anesthetic used in many over-the-counter medications. We use it in Extended Pleasure™ condoms to slightly decrease sensitivity, allowing the man to have more "staying power" before climaxing.
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