Medical-grade PVC compounds
Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is a uniquely versatile polymer and used in a range of applications.
When combined with plasticizers through a process known as compounding, this inherently rigid polymer becomes flexible. The formulation versatility, and its cost-performance effectiveness, meets a wide range of requirements ideal for disposable medical applications, whichever is required.
Ethylene oxide (EtO)/gamma compounds are clear medical grade formulations that provide exceptional clarity, superior heat stability, high flow characteristics which are suitable for both EtO and gamma sterilization processes. These compounds are designed to process at normal operating conditions on standard extrusion or injection molding equipment. Available in flexible and rigid formulations.
Elastichem™ compounds are translucent (self-frosting), flexible, vinyl formulations designed to offer improvements over standard vinyl formulations such as: increased durability, enhanced physical properties, improved compression recovery and soft textured feel. These compounds are available in 35 to 85 shore A hardness.
Flexchem™ compounds are translucent, flexible, vinyl formulations designed to offer an alternative to silicone in various applications. These compounds incorporate a non-phthalate plasticizer system for use in medical devices applications, ranging from 35 to 65 shore A hardness.
Self-frosting compounds are chemically frosted to offer a smooth, uniform, reproducible, low gloss, low friction surface on the final product.
Radiopaque compounds are available in a wide range of durometers and plasticizer types. These compounds can be customized to a specific percentage of opacity and color.
Non-phthalate and DEHP-Free formulations are dedicated to the medical market. Our team of expert chemists have developed a comprehensive portfolio of non-phthalate plasticized compounds to meet a range of customer’s cost, regulatory and performance requirements. Non-phthalate plasticizer product lines include:
- DEHT / DOTP
Regulated compounds include a complete range of vinyl compounds designed to meet the strict requirements of NSF and 3A Dairy approvals by offering low taste and odor formulations as well as low extractable properties. These compounds are also available in foam and non-foam formulations for use in the beverage industry where high speed extrusion in the production of “crown” and “cap” liners is required.
General purpose compounds include a wide range of general-purpose vinyl compounds suitable for applications requiring properties such as ultraviolet, fungus and chemical resistance, as well as flame retardant and low temperature properties for both interior and exterior applications. These compounds are used in applications such as suction cups, furniture trim, point-of-purchase displays, vacuum cleaner parts, wire insulation, gasoline-resistant tubing, boat dock bumpers and fence coating, just to mention a few. These compounds are formulated for injection molding or extrusion, whichever is required.