Finding Balanced Solutions for Medical-Grade Materials
When medical device and diagnostics manufacturers work through material selection for their products, polymers such as polycarbonate (PC), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), and poly-vinyl chloride (PVC) are commonly used materials that first come to mind. Some of these established grades are used because they meet certain basic needs required for various healthcare applications. When selecting the right material for a specific application, it is common for designers to focus on attributes such as impact performance, clarity, chemical, and/or heat resistance. Designers often have to evaluate the advantages and disadvantages associated with each resin type. Products may have a benefit in terms of a single physical or chemical attribute, which can be offset with a shortcoming in another area.
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Drug Delivery Devices
From simple syringe components to sophisticated and automatic injection devices, the goal of every drug delivery device is simple: Accurately delivering the exact amount of therapeutic drug needed every single time. While the concept is simple, achieving this goal using a variety of different medical mate...
Durable Medical Equipment
Whether used in a clinical setting or in the home, purchased or rented, medical companies expect long-lasting value, high-performance and exceptional quality. From simple braces to multi-million dollar machines, a wide variety of plastics play an integral role to the long-term clinical performance of th...
Low cost but high-quality plastics free of contamination and capable of being resterilized is the benchmark of labware plastics used in many testing regimens. Exceptional optical properties and high heat resistance are properties which allow replacement of other more expensive materials such as glass and ...
Medical packaging can also be referred to as barrier packaging and is a critical component to patient safety and effective treatment. Packaging provides a barrier against moisture, oxygen and light while maintaining a product’s sterility in many cases. In the case of APIs, effective barrier packaging guar...
Single Use Disposables
Delivering clinical performance and patient safety at the lowest possible cost is the very definition of why single use disposable devices are used in virtually all clinical procedures. Designing these products starts by understanding user requirements and then balancing performance, cost, reliability, ma...
Although this category has existed since 1938 with the invention of the first hearing aid, technological advancements have revitalized the convergence between wearables and medical products. The product’s reliability, expected life cycle, resistance to body fluids and haptics must all be carefully conside...
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