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Medical science has made great strides in advancing the care and treatment of people around the globe. Plastics have been an essential part in making different medical procedures and solutions safer and more cost effective. From test fit sockets to peristaltic pumps and centrifuges, there are few aspects of medical science today that do not benefit from the use of plastic stock shapes like these:

medical grade plastics - Tecason Tecason™ P XRO:

This is a PPSU product with a radio opacifer. Better visibility provides the surgeon a clearer interpretation of the fit of orthopedic sizing trials particularly in minimally invasive procedures. Radio opacity also provides a safety feature in locating a plastic component during a surgical procedure. This medical grade plastic has been tested by NAMSA and meets USP VI requirements. Tecason™ P XRO has also been tested to ISO 10993 for medical devices intended for less than 24 hours body contact.

medical grade plastic – Tecapeek MT Tecapeek™ MT:

Colored rod produced from Victrex’s PEEK 450 resin. Plastics International is currently stocking colored PEEK rod in red 1021, yellow 577, green 579, blue 578 and black 585 colors. All pigments are organic based and are FDA compliant. TECAPEEK™ MT is tested to USP VI on an annual audit basis and is intended for medical instrumentation and orthopedic sizing trials. All colors are stocked domestically in 12 and 25 mm rod. Other rod diameters are available on a custom production basis with a minimum volume of 80 lbs per rod diameter.

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medical grade plastics – Tecapeek Classix Tecapeek™ Classix:

This stock shape is produced from Invibio’s PEEK CLASSIX BC1. The color is an off-white and is designed and supported with biocompatibility testing for applications that require longer exposure to blood and tissue, up to 30 days. Domestic stock of 6, 8, 10, 20, 30 and 45 mm rod is available for immediate shipment. Other rod diameters are available on a custom production basis with a minimum volume of 80 lbs per rod diameter.

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medical grade plastic – Tecanyl MT Tecanyl MT:

A new family of autoclavable materials was developed for medical device applications. This material offers the desired performance properties of PPSU based resins without the black spec contamination often found in sulfone polymers. In addition, Tecanyl™ MT is much easier to machine and exhibits significantly less wear on tooling than do parts machined from Radel and typical PPSU based resins. This allows part designers to take advantage of lower manufacturing costs without sacrificing part performance. Tecanyl™ MT is available in colors, carbon reinforced, radiolucent and radio opaque grades.

medical grade plastics - San San:

This suffix indicates a new line of antimicrobial shapes offered by Plastics International utilizing silver as the active ingredient. The silver system used in our medical grade plastic products have proven efficacy against bacteria. TECAFORM™ AH SAN (Acetal) and TECAPRO™ SAN (Polypropylene) are currently available from stock in plate thickness from 0.5" to 4.0". Plastics International is also introducing a filled PTFE product in the SAN family for sanitary seals and gaskets.

Tecaform AH SAN and TECAPRO SAN Safety for Medical Technology

Call Plastics International today at 800-776-7769 for more information or to order custom cut to size medical grade plastics.

Polyacetal TECAFORM AH SAN and Polypropylene TECAPRO SAN charged with an antimicrobial additive provide additional safety in medical technology. The antimicrobial effect is achieved by a gradual release of silver ions that create the following advantages:

  • Reduced bacterial contamination during downtimes (higher rate of cleanliness)
  • Reduced formation of odor and biofilm on material surface
  • Reduced formation of bacteria in critical points of the equipment
  • Back-up in case of inadequate cleaning (additional safety for customer)
  • Reduced discoloration/corrosion caused by microbes (improved optical characteristics)
  • Homogeneous distribution of active component on material surface
  • No migration of the active component (additional safety for customer)
  • No toxicity of the active component, no toxic decomposition products (harmless to humans)
  • Cleaning or minor abrasion of the surface will continuously renew the antimicrobial effect
  • No thermal damage in the usual application temperature range
  • FDA conformity of raw material, color pigments and the antimicrobial additive
                   
Applications
  • Handles for surgical instruments
  • Surgical trays

Special Applications for TECAPRO SAN
  • Surgical trays (for sterilization and storage)

medical grade plastics - San

medical grade plastics - Tecapro San

 

medical grade plastics – Tecapro MT

medical grade plastics – Tecapro MT

Tecapro MT is  Dimensionally Stable and Light Weight, Resistant to Chemicals with Stable  Color.

Sterilization containers, as an example, for surgical  instruments have to provide high dimensional stability, especially throughout  repeated sterilization cycles. Due to a special stabilization process, TECAPRO MT shows a better resistance to higher temperatures than standard  polypropylene. Compared to other materials, stainless steel and PTFE for example, TECAPRO MT possesses a much lower density which results in a reduced  weight of the component parts. The standard color is white, however, other colors of this medical grade plastic can be produced according to customer preferences.

TECAPRO MT is available as TECAPRO SAN with an antimicrobial  additive to provide additional safety.

Very stable after  exposure to chemicals.

Properties
  • Good resistance to cleaning agents and
    disinfectants
  • Can be repeatedly sterilized with hot steam
  • High dimensional stability
  • Good machine-ability
  • Laser marking possible
  • FDA conformity of raw material and color pigments
Preferred Field
  • Medical technology

Applications
  • Surgical trays, surgical related equipment, implant trials

MEDICAL GRADE PLASTIC STERILIZATION TECHNIQUES

Material

Radiation

Autoclave
(Steam)

EtO
(Ethylene Oxide gas)

PEEK

Excellent

Excellent

Excellent

TECASON P (Radel R)

Excellent

Excellent

Excellent

TECAPRO MT

Poor

Excellent

Excellent

TECANYL MT

Excellent

Excellent

Excellent

ULTEM 1000

Excellent

Good

Excellent

POLYSULFONE

Excellent

Fair

Excellent

HYDEX 4101 PBT

Good

Poor

Excellent

HYDEX 4301 POLYCARBONATE

Good

Poor

Excellent

ACETAL

Poor

Fair

Excellent

Call Plastics International today at 800-776-7769 for more information or to order custom cut to size medical grade plastics.

 

 

ABS (Tecatran®)
Acetal (Tecaform®, Delrin®)
PEEK (Polyetheretherketone, Tecapeek®)
Polysulfone (Tecason® S)

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