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Customized silicones furnished for medical applications

Bluestar Silicones (Anaheim, CA) has launched a customized approach to the manufacture of antimicrobial silicone products which offers OEMs and processors tailored material solutions to meet specific healthcare application needs.

PlasticsToday Staff

March 3, 2011

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Customized silicones furnished for medical applications

Bluestar Silicones (Anaheim, CA) has launched a customized approach to the manufacture of antimicrobial silicone products which offers OEMs and processors tailored material solutions to meet specific healthcare application needs.

Unlike competitive offerings that are "one size fits all," Bluestar Silicones is able to fine-tune its products and deliver materials that precisely fit the application without sacrificing performance. The company made the announcement at the recent Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) West conference, organized by Plasticstoday.com owner UBM Canon.

Medical device makers are seeking new material solutions to inhibit bacterial growth and combat the increase in cases of hospital-borne infections. During a two-year research and development project, Bluestar Silicones examined a wide range of antimicrobial additives, both organic and inorganic, and assessed their impact on silicone materials. This body of knowledge enables the company to provide tailor-made antimicrobial products without a sacrifice in performance.

"We are not limited to one type of material; we have a broad material tool box," says Dr. Olga Hoy, PhD, senior scientist for Bluestar Silicones. "Based on a customer's needs, we can anticipate in advance and develop a customized formulation." The company said that by closely matching the antimicrobial additive with the silicone, core properties can be maintained while antimicrobial protection is added.

Bluestar Silicones offers a range of material solutions based on its Silbione line of liquid silicone rubbers (LSRs), heat-cured rubbers (HCR), and reactive thermoplastic vulcanizates (RTVs). These antimicrobial silicone products are targeted for healthcare applications, including needle-less valves, IV construction, and catheters, as well as consumer goods applications, such as shoe inserts.-[email protected]

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