Extruding medical-grade tubing requires a well-defined skill set. At NPE2018, Davis-Standard LLC (Pawcatuck, CT) will showcase its expertise by running an extrusion line using a Medalist medical thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) from Teknor Apex Co. (Pawtucket, RI). Moreover, it will demonstrate what Industry 4.0 technology can bring to the process. The demo will take place at the Davis-Standard booth (W5947).
In extrusion applications, Medalist elastomers from Teknor Apex offer improved run rates and dimensional stability, making them good candidates
Davis-Standard will process the tubing from Medalist MD-12382 TPE, a translucent, kink-resistant, gamma-stable compound. It is part of the Medalist TPE portfolio that Teknor Apex has developed for use as an alternative to silicone for applications involving the transfer of drugs, proteins, bodily fluids or blood. Teknor Apex will also supply translucent color concentrates for use with the compound.
The production line at the Davis-Standard booth will feature the company’s Thermatic extruder design and the DS eVUE II controller. According to Davis-Standard, the tubing line will be a “live demonstration of the Industrial Internet of Things, also known as Industry 4.0 technology, showing the benefits of preventive and predictive maintenance as part of an international trend toward the ‘smart factory.’”
Teknor Apex, which is exhibiting its full range of products at booth S22045, produces Medalist compounds in ISO 13485–certified facilities in the United States and Singapore. All Medalist materials are made with FDA listed ingredients, are certified to ISO 10993-5 standards for biocompatibility and are REACH SVHC compliant. They are free of DEHP and other phthalates, BPA and latex. Standard grades are ADM-free.