Medical-grade elastomer offers PVC replacement in wire and cable

02/14/2011

Teknor Apex Group (Pawtucket, RI) expanded its Medalist line of medical-grade materials with a new elastomer-based non-polyvinyl chloride (PVC) offering for wire and cable applications. Nick Sandland, senior market manager-medical products for Teknor Apex's thermoplastics elastomer (TPE) division told PlasticsToday that Medalist 458 is based on its Elexar styrenic TPE material, specifically Elexar EL8431.

Sandland said the Medalist material's chemistry has the same formulation as its Elexar counterpart, but key raw materials have been replaced with FDA-compliant medical grades that are in line with cytotoxicity testing. The wire-and-cable material, which was launched last week in Anaheim at MD&M West (Feb. 8-10; Anaheim Convention Center) meets UL certification, and is RoHS and REACh compliant. Medalist 458 is manufactured in Teknor Apex's dedicated medical compounding facility in St. Albans, VT, which is now ISO 10993-5 compliant meeting the requisite risk management, sterile manufacturing, and traceability standards....
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