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Co-Polyester Sheeting Introduced for Medical Thermoforming Applications

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Exolon Group has added Inspria Med sheets, made from Eastman’s Tritan co-polyester, to its portfolio of medical products.

Munich-based Exolon Group has added Inspria Med solid sheets to its Exolon Med and Vivak Med portfolio of sheets for medical applications. The products cover applications ranging from dental aligners and rigid medical packaging to containers and trays for medical devices.

Made from Eastman’s Tritan co-polyester, the new Inspria Med can be thermoformed to extreme degrees of stretching with accurate mold surface reproduction, making it suitable for the production of dental aligners, among other products, said Exolon in the announcement. The clear, transparent co-polyester sheets can withstand large shifts in temperature while retaining processability. The material is suitable for various methods of sterilization, including gamma radiation and ethylene oxide.

Vivak Med, made from Eastman’s Eastar 6763, is suited for deep-drawn containers and trays for medical devices and skin-contact products, such as prosthetic devices. The material can be rapidly thermoformed without pre-drying. Low energy consumption, short production cycles, extreme stretching, and accurate mold surface reproduction are among the other benefits.

Exolon Med polycarbonate is impact-resistant and suitable for rigid packaging and the protection of medical devices. Exolon Med sheets can be thermoformed, cold-curved, and easily machined. They can withstand temperatures up to 120°C.

All Med-Range products are made of 100% virgin material that meets ISO 10993 for the biological evaluation of medical devices. The sheets are produced in accordance with good manufacturing practices and the manufacturing process is subject to constant control by a quality management system that meets the ISO 9001:2015 standard. This provides processors with traceability down to the raw material, facilitating documentation of end products.

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