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PolyOne at MD&M West 2016: Launches Two TPE Grades for Devices Addressing HAIs

Published on 2016-02-10. Author : SpecialChem

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- To help medical device manufacturers develop ways to address healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), PolyOne is launching two new medical-grade GLS™ TPE products at MD&M West (9-11 Feb, Booth #848).

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Fig. 1: PolyOne

New Versaflex™ HC overmolding thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) for medical device housings offer enhanced resistance to commonly used antiseptic cleaners. They also feature excellent bonding to plastics with improved chemical resistance, such as rigid PVC, co-polyesters, PC/polyethylene terephthalate, rigid thermoplastic urethanes and polyetherimide, many of which are now replacing traditional substrate materials. Available in two Shore A hardnesses, Versaflex HC grades can also be customized to achieve desired haptic qualities.
PolyOne’s New Versaflex™ HC Overmolding TPE for Device Housings Offer Enhanced Resistance to Commonly Used Antiseptic Cleaners Used in Hospitals
Fig. 2:
PolyOne’s New Versaflex™ HC Overmolding TPE
for Device Housings Offer Enhanced Resistance to Commonly
Used Antiseptic Cleaners Used in Hospitals

“Initiatives to prevent HAIs, such as tying Medicare reimbursement levels to patient protection, are driving changes in medical devices,” said Charles Page, global marketing director, PolyOne GLS Thermoplastic Elastomers. “As the global leader in TPEs for overmolding applications, PolyOne took the initiative by developing specialty materials that support HAI prevention while improving the useful life and performance of medical devices. Customers now have new options for creating long-lasting products that advance patient safety.”

After repeated exposure to antiseptics, the new TPE grades resist overmolding delamination, cracking and loss of resilience. Customers have reported that devices made with Versaflex HC TPEs successfully withstood 10,000 antiseptic wipes. Further, these grades are compatible with PolyOne’s OnColor™ HC Plus USP Class VI-compliant colorants, which resist fading from repeated antiseptic use.

Both grades, designed for two-shot injection molding, provide a soft touch and grippy feel to enhance ergonomics, comfort and ease of use for housings of hand-held scanners, patient monitors, infusion pumps, defibrillators, reusable surgical devices and other durable medical devices. With a Shore A hardness of 48, Versaflex HC 1348 is slightly softer than Versaflex HC 1365, which has a durometer of 65A and a matte finish.

About PolyOne


PolyOne Corporation, with 2015 revenues of $3.4 billion, is among the premier providers of specialized polymer materials, services and solutions. The company is dedicated to serving customers in diverse industries around the globe, by creating value through collaboration, innovation and an unwavering commitment to excellence. Guided by its Core Values, Sustainability Promise and No Surprises PledgeSM, PolyOne is committed to its customers, employees, communities and shareholders through ethical, sustainable and fiscally responsible principles.

Source: PolyOne Corporation

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