Chemical, processing, and design issues surrounding the replacement of phthalate plasticizers in PVC compounds for medical applications will be showcased during the forthcoming MD&M West exhibition and conference in Anaheim, CA. Peter Galland, Vinyl Div. Industry Manager at Teknor Apex (Pawtucket, RI) will address the myriad challenges, as well as the opportunities, in sourcing alternative materials from 10:30 AM to noon in room 201A of the Anaheim Convention Center. There is no charge to attend, but preregistration is required at www.teknorapex.com/MD&MWest.
Galland will discuss the full range of phthalate and nonphthalate plasticizers for PVC compounds in medical devices. He will also highlight some alternatives to PVC. Key considerations for evaluating substitute materials, including their chemical structure, toxicology, solubility, migration, crazing, sterilization, mechanical properties, processing, design, economics, and current market penetration, will be discussed. Galland's presentation will draw on comprehensive data compiled by Teknor Apex regarding plasticizer alternatives.
MD&M West is the largest medical manufacturing exhibition and conference in North America. It returns to the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA, on Feb. 11 to 13.