CLEARWATER, Fla., June 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics has expanded its line of thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) tubing with the addition of new C-Flex® ULTRA pump tubing, a product designed specifically to perform in demanding biopharmaceutical applications such as pumping, single-use assemblies, process filling and sampling.
Produced from C-Flex® resin that has been validated by pharmaceutical manufacturers for more than two decades, C-Flex® ULTRA pump tubing exceeds the industry's requirements for a flexible, clear, weldable and sealable pump tubing for fluid processing applications. C-Flex® ULTRA has also consistently outperformed every known competitor in extensive testing conducted by independent organizations. Three particularly important performance parameters stand out.
- Pump life – C-Flex® ULTRA was still pumping after 1,400 hours of continuous operation (at 600 rpms with 15 pounds of back pressure).
- Spallation – C-Flex® ULTRA delivers lower spallation during the pumping process than any other TPE or silicone formulation.
- Surface smoothness – While other TPE tubing is plagued with surface tackiness, C-Flex® ULTRA's smooth outer surface does not gum up pump heads, reducing downtime for cleaning and resulting in far less wear and tear on these crucial pump components.
C-Flex® ULTRA complies with USP Class VI standards and is manufactured by Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics under strict cGMP guidelines. The tubing's unique, patented TPE formula is significantly less permeable than silicone, has low platelet adhesion and protein binding characteristics, and provides excellent clarity for easy viewing of fluid. It is BPA-free, phthalate-free and animal derived component-free (ADCF); non-pyrogenic and non-cyt