Medical plastics grab spotlight at MD&M West

Whether you have a wearable device in the pipeline and need to find a material that combines user comfort with chemical resistance or you're sourcing a durable plastic for a drug-delivery device that meets strict regulatory requirements, material and component suppliers exhibiting at Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) West have got your back. MD&M West is billed as the largest medical device design and manufacturing event in the world, welcoming more than 1900 exhibitors and 20,000-plus attendees to the show floor. The trade show and conference is co-located with PLASTEC West, providing OEMs with an unparalleled opportunity to comparison shop and engage with bona fide medical plastics experts. The companies profiled here represent a tiny sampling of those scheduled to take part in the event on Feb. 11 to 13 in Anaheim, CA. Check out the full exhibitor and speaker lists at the event website.


New TPE compounds benefit medical wearables

Optimizing thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) for over molding in consumer product applications, notably in terms of adhesion and chemical resistance, has benefitted Teknor Apex’s line of medical-grade TPEs. A new series of Medalist TPE compounds for wearable devices, informed by advances in the consumer space, will be introduced at MD&M West in booth 2121.

Teknor Apex Medalist TPE compounds
Teknor Apex will introduce a line of medical-grade TPEs at MD&M West.

The Medalist MD-34900 series compounds, available in 50, 60 and 70 Shore A grades, are for general medical over-molding applications, while the MD-36975 grade is a 75 Shore A TPE designed specifically for overmolding in wearable devices. The latter grade features enhanced resistance to everyday products such as lotions and disinfectants.

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