The quality of care device manufacturers can provide for individuals with diabetes is rapidly increasing. While finger pricks and blood tests continue to have a role, continuous glucose monitors have rapidly become the standard of care for many afflicted. The components of many of these devices have very specific needs such as miniaturization and multi-material components. materials. Saint-Gobain’s expertise in these areas assists a number of OEMs to help meet the demands for their products. Below are a few examples of how Saint-Gobain serves the diabetes market.
Saint-Gobain was a pioneer in silicone-thermoplastic molding when we launched the capability over a decade ago. Today, we continue to push the boundaries with regards to part dimension, material selection, and final product size. Saint-Gobain’s Applications Engineering team will work with our customers’ design engineers to ensure design for manufacturability and scale-up is considered as well as ensuring your product’s critical needs and requirements are met. Read our Two-Shot Silicone-Thermoplastic Medical Molding White Paper
Miniaturized silicone components serve a distinct need in diabetes care devices; from small gaskets and valves to soft touch comfort for wearables. Our material and process experts can develop a functional prototype quickly with our in-house tool room expediting the transition from design and development to commercialization. Learn about our Micromolding capabilities.
Sputtered Films and Spacers for Diagnostics
Diagnostics, ranging from blood glucose monitoring to emerging point-of-care testing technologies, use test strips consisting of multiple functionalized films. Saint-Gobain Custom Films is a qualified supplier of key components like precious metal electrodes and spacers for this strip based technology and our global manufacturing capabilities make us a strong long-term partner for biosensor manufacturing companies. Contact us to speak with a custom thin film solutions expert.
Precision Seals & Material Solutions
Portable insulin delivery units work by utilizing a small pump that delivers precise doses of insulin throughout the day. Omniseal Solutions™ provide some of the smallest seals available on the market for miniature pumps and motors. These wearable pumps need to be sealed effectively to avoid failure in the system due to moisture intrusion. Our technical team has developed a number of Omniseal®, Rulon® and Meldin® seals and materials ideal for this application. Of critical importance in this application are low friction and long life as the solutions will ideally last the life of the unit as well as run dry and be chemically inert. We offer solutions in PTFE and UHMWPE blends that offer superior break out friction. Additionally, our engineers can design with FDA Compliant or USP Class VI material options. Learn more about Omniseal Solutions™ precision solutions for your applications.
Precision Pump Tubing
Insulin dispensing is a delicate infusion that requires very precise dispensing. Saint-Gobain offers a broad range of formulations in a variety of materials such as silicone, PVC, TPV and custom compounded formulas for unique chemistries and applications. Our unparalleled knowledge of peristaltic pumps can be leveraged by your engineering team to help with the material selection process to ensure optimum performance of your insulin pump device. Read our white paper on the Flow Rate Stability of Medical Peristaltic Pump Tubing Materials.
Saint-Gobain works with key diabetic care OEMs providing precision molded seals, pump tubing, other fluid management components and sputtered films for diabetes test strips to help patients around the world manage their diabetes. We understand the need for an agile component supplier for your pumps, monitoring devices and diabetes test strips that helps our customers keep pace with this demanding and evolving market.