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Lower Cost Alternative TPEs for Medical Applications

Fri, 10/07/2011 - 6:27am

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Lower Cost Alternative TPEs for Medical ApplicationsNew StarMed TPEs from Star Thermoplastics offer designers and processors a new, lower cost alternative for incorporating or switching thermoplastic elastomers in the design and processing of medical products.

The firm suggests these new styrenic-based thermoplastic elastomers, whether from stock or customized for specific needs, can be used for a wide variety of end use applications, since they are offered from a soft 8 Shore A to a harder 60 Shore D and meet FDA and medical grade requirements. Suggested applications range from physical therapy straps and medical pads to PVC replacement tubing applications in that, depending on the grade of StarMediflex TPEs, they can be injection molded or extruded.

Additional benefits of using StarMed thermoplastic elastomers include availability in clear or translucent grades, easy to color, non-allergenic and customizable and their ability to replace latex or silicone. Softer grades offer a rubbery feel. Further, all grades are recyclable.

Star Thermoplastics, founded in 1993, is a leading provider of thermoplastic elastomers with many production lines to fill both large and small orders, a full-service laboratory and trained sales and technical support personnel across the continent. Company products are sold under the trade names Starflex, StarPrene, StarMediflex, StarTuff, StarXtrude, StarPette, StarBond, StarClear, StarGrip and StarGrip-X. With its newly enhanced chemicals laboratory, Star has the ability to duplicate any existing TPE with improved formulations at better prices.

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