Medical and Healthcare

The use of thermoplastic elastomers in the medical industry is nothing new. The demands of medical devices require materials with properties that go beyond what is needed for applications in other markets. Material choices for this industry are critical and often need to address sterilization, regulatory requirements, and contact with body fluids, organs, and pharmaceuticals. TPEs are also used in medical devices such as gaskets and stoppers. Thermoplastic elastomers provide the perfect solution for the demand of sterile medical grade devices in clinical settings while surviving day-to-day use.

Thermoplastics in Medicine

TPEs also play a large role in the manufacturing and production of medical diagnostic devices. Their ergonomic pliability makes them ideal for prosthetics, surgical instruments, and mobility aids. These polymers are soft enough for patient skin contact yet can be hardened and made to withstand repeated use, drops and shocks.

Examples

Dental Polishers

TPEs are often found in devices used in dentistry. Small polishers made with thermoplastics are not only reliable tools in the cleaning process, but they are also durable and comfortable for the patient.

Safety Equipment

One of the newest innovations in mobility are wheelchairs that incorporate TPE into their designs. These wheelchairs are non-metal which allows their occupants more access in places where metal wheelchairs aren’t allowed, including pools and spas. This also provides better access to specialized rooms in hospitals, like a room with an MRI machine.

Tubing

Medical tubing made of TPE is an excellent alternative to other medical tubes in the market because they are formulated without using plasticizers, are flexible, and have high clarity. TPEs are available for higher service temperatures.

Getting Started

Star Thermoplastics would love to get started working with you. Thermoplastic elastomers provide the perfect solution for the demand of FDA compliant, sterile medical grade devices in clinical settings while surviving day-to-day use. As expert TPE manufacturers we understand completely what’s required to quickly get your production up and running.

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