New Mediprene bonding series offers medical device manufacturers greater design flexibility
ELASTO is a global leader in the manufacture of thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs). At the Compamed exhibition in Dusseldorf, the company unveiled further developments to its growing Mediprene® compound range for medical device applications. The new Mediprene® A2 series are medical grade TPEs that bond well to transparent engineering plastics like ABS and polycarbonate. The new series complements the group’s existing medical grade offering, which provides excellent adhesion to polyolefins like polyethylene and polypropylene.
Overmoulding is a powerful technique that allows the production of finished parts in soft and hard material combinations without trimming or assembly. It also offers many design and product advantages, allowing designers to differentiate products while meeting important user and patient demands, including soft-touch and cushioning for greater comfort and non-slip surfaces with improved grip for safety. TPEs also provide enhanced sealing capabilities in fluid environments. Potential applications for the new series include; seals, membranes, closures, friction grips.
Mediprene® A2 thermoplastic elastomers are available in hardnesses ranging from 35 to 65 Shore A, exhibit flexibility over a broad temperature range and can be extruded or injection moulded.
Niklas Ottosson, medical technical manager for ELASTO commented, “With our range of Mediprene® bonding grades we open up the design possibilities for medical device manufacturers to improve aesthetics, functionality and performance of their products. The stringent material selection policy that has been set up for Mediprene® compounds, allowing only medically approved raw materials, has been followed to ensure the biocompatibility of the compounds.”
All Mediprene® grades are sterilizable with gamma, EtO and steam. Mediprene® thermoplastic elastomers have proven to be strong alternatives as replacement for PVC; they are completely synthetic and latex free thereby minimising allergy risks.
For more information or images please contact:
Jill Bradford, Marketing & PR Manager