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Eastman at MD&M East: To Feature Tritan™ Copolyester Devices & Recent OEM Collaborations

Published on 2016-06-13. Author : SpecialChem

KINGSPORT, Tenn., USA -- At this year’s Medical Design & Manufacturing East (MD&M East), June 14-16 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City, Eastman Chemical Company will be displaying the newest medical devices made with its innovative Tritan™ copolyester materials and will feature its recent collaborations with original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

Fig. 1: Eastman Chemical Company

Highlights of the show

At the show, Eastman will be featuring:
  • work with Elcam, one among the leading producers of disposable medical products for OEMs, which recently developed a stopcock and connectors made with Eastman Tritan™ copolyester.
  • work with Henkel Corporation, an adhesives producer.
  • Eastman Tritan™ copolyester MXF121, an opaque offering.
  • new TritanMoldIt app for iOS.
Eastman at MD&M East

Tammy Trivette, medical business director, Eastman said: “Eastman’s portfolio of medical market offerings helps shape the future of medical technology and pushes for more reliable, safer devices and systems,” said Tammy Trivette, medical business director, Eastman.

Collaborative solutions

  • Elcam Medical will unveil a new stopcock and connectors made with Eastman Tritan™ copolyester, providing maximum durability and improved clarity at MD&M East. The devices were developed in response to industry demand for drug- and lipid-resistant products to help enhance patient safety. 
  • Eastman and Henkel, led to testing of various resins and adhesives for use in medical devices to be able to determine which products, when used together, can optimize a manufacturer’s assembly process. By undergoing this testing, the companies wanted to demonstrate to their customers that using adhesives — rather than solvent bonding — would save them time as well as money during production. 
  • Henkel’s Loctite® adhesive, which continues to be tested at the industry’s most comprehensive ISO 10993 biocompatibility standards, was used for the testing. Through the research, the companies discovered that using Eastman Tritan™ copolyester and Loctite together can provide superior results, including improved curing and increased flexibility. 

Innovative material option

  • Eastman Tritan™ copolyester MXF121 has continued to be a go-to material for brands that require unmatched impact resistance, excellent mechanical properties, compatible color matching, moldability and flame resistance since its launch at MD&M West in 2014. 
  • This opaque material offers superior chemical resistance as well, standing up to the most aggressive hospital disinfectants that are used to combat hospital-acquired infections and day-to-day rigors of hospital life. 
  • This bisphenol A free (BPA-free) material also provides a unique combination of properties to satisfy UL 94 V2 flame rating requirements, as well as color matching and vibrant aesthetics for brand owners who need exact color matching for their brand identity. 

Mobile customer support

  • Eastman’s interactive online community that provides technical support for injection molders launches TritanMoldIt.com. The engineering-solutions site is now available through the Apple App Store for iOS. 
  • In addition, the app offers two calculators — which aren’t currently available on the desktop version — allowing molders, who are on the shop floor, to quickly and readily calculate drying and residence times of Tritan. 

About Eastman Chemical Company

Eastman is a global specialty chemical company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. With a portfolio of specialty businesses, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability. Its market-driven approaches take advantage of world-class technology platforms and leading positions in attractive end markets such as transportation, building and construction, and consumables. Eastman focuses on creating consistent, superior value for all stakeholders. As a globally diverse company, Eastman serves customers in approximately 100 countries and had 2015 revenues of approximately $9.6 billion. The company is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA, and employs approximately 15,000 people around the world.

Source: Eastman Chemical Company

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