Saint-Gobain is a leading manufacturer of high-performance tubing made from thermoplastic elastomers (TPE), such as our Tygon tubing. Our engineers possess extensive material and process knowledge, and we'll work side-by-side with your team throughout the development and life cycle of your product. Here’s a look at why thermoplastic elastomers are ideal materials for your application.
What are Thermoplastics?
Thermoplastics are polymers that can be repeatedly melted, shaped, formed, and then cooled back into solids. Some common thermoplastics include polycarbonate, ABS and nylon. Thermoplastic elastomers are a class of copolymers – usually mixing a thermoplastic with a rubber component. Thermoplastic elastomers (including polyolefins, polyurethanes and other block copolymers) have great thermal properties, wide durometer ranges, can be optically clear or opaquely colored, and combines the ease of manufacturing of a thermoplastic with the elasticity and compression set properties of an elastomer.
Why choose Thermoplastics for the Medical industry?
Thermoplastics are a great choice for medical device components due to their ability to be easily sterilized, recyclable, and have good chemical resistance. Thermoplastic materials are commonly tested to meet USP <88> , Plastic Class VI, showcasing good biocompatibility properties. There is a wide array of materials and grades available in the market as well as customization services to find the right material option for the application. Common thermoplastic applications include fluid transfer, drug delivery, inhalation, and pump applications.
Why collaborate with us?
We keep innovating our products and processes to adapt to the ever-changing medical market. See more Thermoplastic Innovations like Tygon® and C-Flex®
Customization through collaboration
Our engineers and chemists offer extensive material and process knowledge to help meet your most demanding applications and design needs for your medical device. Utilizing a collaborative approach, we'll work side by side with your team throughout the development and life cycle of your product.
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