High Performance Plastics in Medical Applications

June 4, 2020

Fluoropolymers are a group of high-performance plastics with excellent temperature and chemical resistance that are increasingly being used in a variety of medical products. 

 

Unique characteristics such as biocompatibility, low friction, chemical inertness, non-porosity and radiation-resistance, make them suitable for uses in many types of medical devices and equipment.

 

In addition, manufacturers who are making components for medical devices can incorporate material that has already been approved to standards such as USP (United States Pharmacopeia) Class VI biocompatibility certification - streamlining their approval process. 

 

 

Radiation-Resistant Materials:

PEEK, PCTFE, ETFE, PEI

 

Heat Sterilizable Materials:

PEI, PFA, PEEK, PCTFE, FEP, ETFE

 

Materials with Low or Negligible Moisture Absorption:

ETFE, FEP, PCTFE, PFA

 

Materials with USP Class VI Medical Device Certification:

ETFE, FEP, PEI, PFA, PCTFE

 

 

 

Today’s medical device designers are looking for plastics with higher performance than metals, superior performance to existing plastics, and improved design and manufacturing flexibility.  These highly-engineered products range from discreet parts to assemblies and include applications such as:

 

· Testing and diagnostic machines

· Pumps and valves for respiratory and fluid-handling products

· Medical device batteries

· Laboratory instruments

· Liquid oxygen and nitrogen valve linings

· Low friction biocontainment vessels


We can help support medical device manufacturers with our capabilities to manufacture high-performance materials, as well as plastic components.

 

 

See our detailed material information for more about these products.

 

 

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