High-Performance Polymers Deliver Quality and Stability
High-performance engineering thermoplastics are increasingly replacing
metals, ceramics and other traditional
materials in high-cost medical technology
applications — diagnostics, orthopedic
implants, medical supplies, drug
packaging, drug delivery and multi-use
surgical equipment. The flexibility of
these engineered resins allows manufacturers
to bring new products to market
quickly, especially in the United States,
Europe and Japan, where an upward
growth trajectory in demand for medical-
grade polymers is expected to continue
into the foreseeable future.
Technical Advisory: Materials for Medical Applications
The most commonly used engineering and high performance plastics in the medical and life science industries include:
• PPSU for incredible toughness and a high resistance to sterilizaiton.
• PEEK for superior physical properties including high temperature stability.
• PEI for high heat resistance, high strength and broad chemical resistance.
• PSU for good chemical and repeated hot steam resistance.
• Acetal for excellent wear properties and dimensional stability.
• PP for easy machinability and dimensional stability when heat stabilized.
• PPO for excellent impact properties and stability.
• PC for high impact strength and transparency.
For more information, see Introduction to Plastics, the IAPD guide to plastic materials and applications.
Plastics are Hip! (Replacements ... Knees & Shoulders, too)
Plastics are facilitating a new frontier of more typies of outpatinet treatments, less invasive procedures and longer lasting materials. Plus, antimicrobial plastics cut down on infections. If you’re looking for a healthier cost-effective alternative for medical materials, check out plastics!
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Go to www.iapd.org to find a distributor in your area. You can search by company name, location or product category.
The IAPD Magazine is online
IAPD is pleased to announce the digital edition of the April/May 2013 issue of The IAPD Magazine, featuring a special focus on plastics in food and beverage processing applications.
The digital issue is easy to read on computers, laptops and tablet devices and can even be viewed on smartphones.