Join Eastman at MD&M West 2020


Eastman is excited to exhibit at Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) West 2020! Join us February 11–13 in Anaheim, California, as we share exciting new innovations that are helping improve medical equipment and create positive health outcomes.
 
At MD&M West 2020, we'll be highlighting the latest advancements in medical technology and the collaborations that are key to success in the medical market. Don't miss out any of the fun:
 
  • Stop by booth 2301 to learn about four new products as part of the Eastman TritanMXF portfolio of medical polymers.
  • Attend our Lunch and Learn events to discover what industry experts are saying about the future of medical devices and packaging.
  • Register for one-on-one sessions with members of Eastman’s medical device and packaging teams.
 

An innovative solution to medical device housing failure


As healthcare facilities ramp up the use of aggressive disinfectants, traditional plastics are feeling the strain. It's all too common to see device housings become sticky; wear thin in high-touch areas; or crack, crumble, or shatter after only a few months of service. The issue? Devices that were designed just a few years ago are typically made with materials that lack the right combination of impact strength and chemical compatibility with today's stringent cleaning protocols.
 
Eastman Tritan copolyester is an excellent choice for medical housings due to its superior toughness and high chemical resistance. Using Tritan in your device can also help prevent costly repairs and replacements, keeping patients safe and customers happy.
 

Supporting a circular economy

Traditionally, the world operates in a linear economy-raw materials are used to make products, which are then used and disposed of as waste. A circular economy focuses on making the most of the world's resources by providing end-of-life solutions to reduce, reuse, and recycle products and materials that typically end up in landfills and waterways.
 
For manufacturers, there's a lot to consider when making the shift to circular processes or materials. Eastman has developed a unique platform of solutions focused on minimizing waste and maximizing value to support the evolution of the circular economy. Our portfolio of circular solutions includes:
 
Advanced circular recycling (ACR)

Check out the Tritan Mold It app!

Did you know you can find the same great information from TritanMoldIt.com on the Tritan Mold It mobile app? Download the app for your iOS device to have the latest expertise on Eastman Tritan copolyester right at your fingertips.
 
With this handy app, users can:
  • 计算干燥时间
  • 计算熔融逗留时间
  • 计算注塑量利用率
  • 下载数据表
  • 观看视频
  • Get advice from the Tritan experts
The app is an excellent resource for injection molders and designers to get the best results from Eastman Tritan copolyester. Its wealth of practical information can be useful for designing, molding, processing, and fabricating other engineering polymers—for consumer and medical products. The app’s “Quick Links” function also makes it easy to dive deeper into Tritan applications, successes, and the latest tips for molding Tritan. 
 

Which medical grade polymer is right for you?


We know that material choice is a crucial component of any medical device or device housing. When you're deciding what medical grade polymer you need for your next project, consider these criteria:
  • Does it make the grade?
  • Will it match the application?
Selecting the right medical grade polymers helps ensure your device complies with quality and biocompatibility standards-and that you have reliable support for regulatory approvals. Different polymers offer different combinations of strengths that help ensure performance in specific medical applications.
 

Navigating the complexities of compatibility with oncology drugs


The need to mitigate infection risks and enhance patients’ safety and comfort has significantly increased the demand for higher-performing plastics with improved chemical resistance. Many polymers commonly used in drug delivery devices simply do not hold up to modern oncology chemotherapies. After exposure to chemicals in the medical environment, devices made with these polymers can experience environmental stress cracking or premature failure in the presence of applied or residual stress.
 
Broken devices put patients at risk. What's more, regulatory agencies may tell manufacturers to stop using certain materials when device performance or life cycle is compromised.
 

Eastman Tritan™ copolyester—superior attributes for medical devices


Eastman Tritan™ copolyester is raising the bar for durability and cleanability in medical devices and housings. BPA-free Tritan’s attributes include exceptional clarity, toughness, improved heat and chemical resistance, and more. It’s also easy to process due to its unique chemical makeup relative to traditional thermoplastics. This blend of processing and performance properties provides greater advantages compared with other commonly used polymers. Available in clear and opaque formulations, Tritan offers many benefits to enhance innovative device designs:
 
Clear formulations of Tritan
  • Greater toughness, heat resistance, processability, and design freedom

Educating product managers on how plastics affect your brand

 

The material you choose for your medical devices can have a big impact on your brand's image. In today's healthcare environment, not all plastics can withstand exposure to the aggressive disinfectants being used in hospitals. If your device is showing outward signs of suffering from exposure to effects of disinfection, including yellowing, cracking, crazing, or paint peeling, it's time to reconsider material selection.

 

Keys to classifying failures for quality engineers


Medical device failures are a common-and costly-occurrence. They can lead to a product recall, affect the product development cycle, and result in extra expenses for manufacturers. The reasons devices fail can be complex, making it difficult for quality engineers to classify the problem.
 
What can quality engineers do to remedy this problem? Consider these factors:
 
  • Understand why failures occur: Most device failures are caused by a misunderstanding of how a material’s properties, processing, and environment work together. In many cases, failures can result from a combination of wrong material selection, poor chemical resistance, high-stress design, or inconsistencies in manufacturing processes.
  • Collaborate with your supplier: Working with material suppliers on material selection, testing, part and tooling design review, and secondary operations can give quality engineers access to knowledge and resources they may not otherwise have.

Creating strong bonds with LSR technology and Tritan

Medical devices and housings are getting a surge of chemical resistance and impact strength thanks to the integration of new liquid silicone rubber (LSR) technology with medical grades of Eastman Tritan™ copolyester. Momentive’s Silopren LSR 47×9 series provides strong in-mold adhesion with Tritan—without the need for primers.
 
Clear and opaque grades of Tritan have a lower Tg and require a lower processing temperature than other engineering polymers. Because Silopren LSR 47×9 can cure rapidly at relatively low temperatures, it’s possible to achieve optimal functional performance and efficient processing with Tritan.

This combination is ideal for applications that require properties like handling comfort, waterproofing, durability, and aging stability. Incorporating LSR technology enhances the advantages of Tritan, which include:
  • Outstanding chemical resistance
  • Excellent impact strength and durability
  • Made without bisphenol A (BPA) and halogens
  • Superior noise-damping characteristics

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