PolyOne materials combat HAIs

Published: November 28, 2012 6:00 am ET

PolyOne’s Joe Kutka

Related to this story

Topics Medical, Materials, Suppliers

WESTLAKE, OHIO (Nov. 28, 3:40 p.m. ET)  — PolyOne Corp. is finding opportunities for its Geon HC rigid PVC compounds as a result of the startling trend of hospital-acquired infections, according PolyOne’s Joe Kutka.

Kutka, global business development manager for PolyOne’s Geon line, spoke during the Plastics in Medical Devices 2012 conference in Westlake.

Kutka discusses HAIs in this latest Experts Speak video.

As a result of higher hospital-acquired infections, or HAIs, hospitals are using stronger disinfectants and using disinfectants more frequently in general, Kutka said. This can have an adverse impact on plastic materials used in medical devices.

“Disinfectants can cause polymer cracking and crazing in device housings,” he said. “This can lead to fires, burns and equipment failure. [Disinfectants] can corrode electrical circuitry. All of these things can lead to more service calls, warranty claims and product returns.” 

 Steps are being taken to handle HAIs, and that’s having a big impact on material selection, he said.

“So when you’re making a medical device and you’re looking at a medical device that has a five-to-10-year lifespan, it’s really critically important that you’re using the right types of materials that can provide the durability, the chemical resistance and aesthetic that the medical device is going to require for the next five to 10 years,” he said.

PolyOne is based in Avon Lake, Ohio.

The conference, hosted by Plastics News, was held June 12-13.


Comments

PolyOne materials combat HAIs

Published: November 28, 2012 6:00 am ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

Blow molding machinery maker opens first plant in Taiwan

October 1, 2014 1:27 pm ET

Taiwanese equipment maker Kin Precision Industry Co. Ltd. has opened a 2,000-square-meter, 25-employee factory in Taichung, Taiwan, with an eye to...    More

Image

Houston Plastic continues to grow with new press, controlled production area

October 1, 2014 11:32 am ET

Custom injection molder Houston Plastic Products Corp. has extended its clamp tonnage range and added an environmentally controlled molding area.    More

Image

Global Plastics Summit puts PE prices in the spotlight

October 1, 2014 3:17 pm ET

Product manufacturers may start to shift away from polyethylene because of high prices, according to two major plastics processors.    More

Image

Speaker: Many issues can affect multi-cavity molds

October 1, 2014 2:02 pm ET

There are several conditions necessary across all cavities of a multi-cavity mold to ensure that all parts are produced the same. These include...    More

Image

Nucleation offers solution to shrinkage in HDPE closures

October 1, 2014 1:57 pm ET

For caps producers, nucleation can provide a practical solution to eliminate shrinkage variations in high density polyethylene beverage closures. Nucl...    More

Market Reports

Plastics in Mexico - State of the Industry Report

This report analyzes the $20 million dollar plastics industry in Mexico including sales of machinery & equipment, resins and finished products.

Our industry analysis highlights macro industry trends and micro trends faced by companies that do business in Mexico. The report also provides key industry statistics and forecasts to anticipate future industry expansion.

Learn more

Plastics Caps & Closures Market Report

The annual recap of top trends and future outlook for the plastics caps & closures market features interviews with industry thought leaders and Bill Wood’s economic forecast of trends in growing end markets. You will also gain insight on trends in caps design, materials, machinery, molds & tooling and reviews of mergers & acquisitions.

Learn more

Injection Molders Market Report & Ranking 2014

This special package contains our 132-page 2014 Market Report on the Injection Molding segment and our exclusive 2014 RANKINGS database of 500+ Injection Molders for a discounted package price.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

January 14, 2015 - January 14, 2015Plastics in Automotive

February 4, 2015 - February 6, 2015Plastics News Executive Forum 2015

June 2, 2015 - June 3, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - Chicago 2015

September 16, 2015 - September 18, 2015Plastics Caps & Closures - September 2015

More Events