Medical-Grade TPEs Provide Real-World Alternative
New technologies have been announced that combine the advantages of thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) over PVC, the quality benefits of calendering, and the sealing efficiency of radio frequency (RF) welding. These technologies will be highlighted by Teknor Apex Company at MD&M East (Booth 3811).
In collaboration with O’Sullivan Films and Indianapolis-based Genesis Plastics Welding (Booth 3137), Teknor Apex Company has demonstrated that films produced from its Medalist MD-500 Series elastomers eliminate the traditional disadvantages of TPEs in such applications as fluid drainage and storage bags, cushioning bladders, and surgical pouches, exhibiting performance that is fully comparable to PVC in processing, bonding, assembly, and clinical handling. In fact, tests by Teknor Apex and cooperating customers have shown that Medalist MD-500 Series TPEs provide a number of property improvements over PVC, along with substantial savings in weight and cost, according to Elliott Pritikin, global medical market manager for the Thermoplastic Elastomer Division of Teknor Apex.
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