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PolyOne's Custom TPEs Help Eldon James Create RoHS-Compliant Medical Tubing and Fittings

Tue, 03/23/2010 - 9:59am

PolyOne's GLS Thermoplastic Elastomers – a business within the Specialty Engineered Materials group– today announced that Eldon James Corporation, a leading medical products manufacturer, recently selected GLS clear customized thermoplastic elastomers to create a new line of medical tubing and fittings.

Eldon James' strong commitment to technological innovation and anticipation of customer need led to the development of a new line of tubing and fittings designed to meet end-user demands for improved cleanliness and environmental responsibility without sacrificing flexibility, clarity, or durability. GLS custom TPEs not only meet these criteria, but also offer a wide range of Shore A hardnesses that allow the same formulation to be used in both flexible tubing and rigid fittings. These grades, which are based on a newly developed material technology, streamline the qualification process and also simplify disposal for end users because the components do not require disassembly.

GLS custom grades enable the product line to meet environmental compliance regulations such as the European Union's Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive. These custom elastomers also feature extremely low leachables and extractables for patient safety, and higher-hardness grades can withstand autoclave sterilization at temperatures up to 135°C.

These custom TPEs are USP Class IV approved, and provide excellent flexibility for kink resistance and good drape as well as a range of Shore A hardnesses from 66 to 84. Benefits include incineration without release of hazardous chemicals, sterilization with autoclave, gamma, and E-Beam radiation, and exceptional clarity and quality consistency.

Bill Coulson, vice president of product development for Eldon James, said, "PolyOne's GLS business offers a superior range of outstanding materials that are helping our company design specialized products to meet emerging customer needs and gain a competitive edge. Not only did GLS play a key role in our development of our medical lines, but they are also working with us on a new antimicrobial solution for applications that leverages the industry-leading high clarity and cleanliness of custom TPEs. GLS provides exceptional service and technical support, and we consider them the top TPE supplier in the market today."

"We are committed to our customers' success, and are proud to support Eldon James' development of innovative and antimicrobial tubing," said Rick Noller, director of global marketing, GLS Thermoplastic Elastomers. "These sustainable products highlight the value that our TPE solutions bring to the medical device industry, healthcare providers, and patients. As our customers face increasingly strict requirements for safety and environmental protection, we continue to develop versatile, high-performance TPEs for the next generation of cleaner, safer, and more eco-responsible medical products."
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