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Life Sciences


Life sciences applications demand durability, reliability, regulatory compliance, traceability from raw materials and design flexibility. What’s the Rx for life sciences needs? Plastics, of course!

Environmental and Safety

Considering the total carbon footprint, including costs of raw materials, manufacture, transport, fabricate, install, maintain, plastics compare favorably with more traditional materials. Also, plastics are safer to handle and install. When you consider that most plastics are readily recyclable, they can become the most environmentally responsible and safest choice for many demanding life science applications.


Applications

  • Laboratory equipment — tubing, seals,
  • hoses, optics, fluid handling
  • Pharmaceutical — tablet production,
  • packaging,
  • Dental — instruments, grips, drilling/
  • suction equipment, polishing
  • equipment
  • Medical — instruments, syringes,
  • catheters
  • Prosthetic/orthopedic appliances
  • Surgical applications —minimally
  • invasive equipment, surgical trays/grips
  • Diagnostic equipment — MRI, CAT,
  • X-ray machines, ultrasound/radiation
  • equipment
  • Safety equipment
  • Corrosion-resistant equipment

Advantages May Include

  • Transparency to X-rays
  • Traceable from raw material to finished
  • product
  • Stable under most sterilization
  • techniques
  • Withstands a wide temperature range
  • Dimensionally stable
  • Resistant to corrosion and radiation
  • Biocompatibility per ISO 10993-5, FDA
  • compliant
  • High impact strength
  • Easy to machine
  • Lightweight
  • Availability in numerous colors for
  • color-coding
  • Wears well, even without lubrication
  • Quieter than metal
  • Comfortable feel (instrument handles
  • are softer, warmer to the touch than
  • metals)

Materials

  • Acetal Polyoxymethylene (POM)
  • Acrylonitrile-Butadiene-Styrene (ABS)
  • Acrylic (PMMA)
  • Polyetheretherketone (PEEK)
  • Polyetherimide (PEI)
  • Polyethylene (PE)
  • Polymethyl Pentene (PMP)
  • Polysulfone (PSU)
  • Polyphenylsulfone (PPSU)
  • Polycarbonate (PC)
  • Polypropylene (PP)
  • Polyester Terephthalate Glycol Modified
  • (PET-G)
  • (PETG Copolymer)
  • Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)
  • PVC/Acrylic Alloy Sheet
  • Styrene Acrylonitrile Copolymer (SAN)
  • Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE)
  • Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene
  • (UHMW-PE)
  • High-Pressure Laminates (HPL)
  • Thermoplastic Composites (phenolics)

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