HURON, OHIO (Aug. 11, 3 p.m. ET) — PolyOne's GLS unit has aimed five grades of its Versaflex-brand thermoplastic elastomers at the medical-tubing market. In this video from Plastics News' recent Plastics in Medical Devices conference, Joe Kutka, global market manager at PolyOne, discusses TPEs as well as markeplace concerns with PVC and plasticizers, and why device makers are looking to replace thermosets like butyl rubber with thermoplastics.
Styrenic TPEs offer options in this area by having the broadest hardness range — from gels to flexible tubing — of any TPE, Kutka said. In fluid-delivery systems, this has created opportunities for styrenic TPEs to be used in intravenous-infusion sets in applications ranging from Intravenous bags to drip chambers, connectors and tubing.
Kutka said that Avon Lake-based PolyOne also has examined bonds formed between fluid-delivery parts using its materials and other resins such as polypropylene, polycarbonate and ABS.
Plastics in Medical Devices, sponsored by Plastics News Global Group, was held in Huron.