Materials play a crucial role in the success of your Healthcare & Medical application. Our polymer and silicone experts work closely with customers to develop the optimum material compound to meet application requirements. Customers are involved in material development at every stage, from initial understanding of operating conditions and concept development through to prototyping and testing.
No single material is suitable for all healthcare and medical application environments. Highly inert materials such as polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), perfluoroelastomer (FFKM) and silicone rubber inherently stand up to aggressive chemical and sterilization conditions with little or no damage. Other materials are specifically formulated and tested for compatibility with specific environments; establishing the degree of attack, how much of each property is lost and where the application boundaries lie for each material.
Importance of Chemical & Sterilization Compatibility:
Increasing Demands for Cleaning and Sterilization
Sterilization is a key factor for many healthcare and medical applications and the need for faster, more effective sterilization is leading to ever more aggressive sterilization methods. Clean-In-Place (CIP) and Sterilize-In-Place (SIP) processes provide increased efficiency because devices and systems do not need to be dismantled for cleaning.
Through extensive testing, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions has identified the optimum materials for use in the most commonly used CIP and SIP media. Our healthcare and medical engineers partner with customers to select the most appropriate material and product for their application to balance cost with performance.
The development of polymer materials blends the science of understanding material chemistry and application conditions with the art of balancing a wide range of performance characteristics, to produce the optimum material for each unique customer need.
Trelleborg Sealing Solutions material development experts are located in our manufacturing units and R&D centers globally. Constantly keeping ahead of new developments in thermoplastic and elastomer technology, they ensure that we can offer the most appropriate material for any application, however demanding.
Materials are selected and developed to ensure:
Of particular importance to the healthcare and medical industry are silicone and PTFE based materials. With decades of experience in both of these key materials, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions offers a wide portfolio of compounds to suit every application condition and, when required, all relevant standards and approvals.
Our Trelleborg Sealing Solutions R&D centers are equipped with world-class material testing and analytical laboratories to ensure that our materials meet the requirements of your application’s environment. We test materials to:
Our R&D centers are equipped with world class material testing and analytical laboratories to ensure that our materials are capable of performing in a wide range of environments. Capabilities include:
Test facilities support recommendations of materials for customer applications, development of new materials, characterization of materials for Finite Element Analysis (FEA), failure analysis and the achievement of relevant industry material certifications.