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Materials Transform Surgical Catheters, Enable Repeatable
Tests in IVD Cartridges
M
edical devices are becoming smaller and smaller, and
the need for advanced material solutions keeps growing.
There's also a critical call for manufacturers to adhere
to stringent regulations while improving device functionality.
Through our deep understanding and application of
fundamental chemistry, Chemours materials have emerged
as effective alternatives - helping innovators in the medical
industry achieve continued success across medical device
design.
n Meeting the Needs of the Medical Industry
The core characteristics of these materials enable greater
performance in minimally invasive medical device applications.
Some benefits include:
* Extremely high lubricity to enable easy transport of other devices
through tight tolerances and tortuous anatomy.
* Processing flexibility that allows manufacturers to make a wide
range of tubing dimensions without changing equipment.
* A dependable product that facilitates a consistent process for
manufacturers.
* Materials that can withstand exposure to most solvents and other
chemicals used in the manufacturing and sterilization process.
* Inert chemistry that minimizes interactions with the body and
other materials.
n Surgical Catheters: Putting Material Science to
the Test
A European manufacturer shifted their catheter manufacturing
production to Asia, and they needed to qualify a material
for the new facility. The material had to have similar or
better characteristics and quality as the fluoropolymer used at
their existing site.
As they set out to identify the product and supplier for
their new facility, the manufacturer partnered with the technology
team at Chemours. We immersed ourselves in the
manufacturer's application and curing process and used this
knowledge - along with our foundational chemistry expertise
- to offer a polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) resin that
both met regulation and performed extremely well in the
customer's process.
Teflon™ PTFE was selected as the single solution for their
catheter liner offering. With a new resin, the manufacturer
achieved better outcomes, including:
* Higher quality through a more consistent product.
* High lubricity and low coefficient of friction to maintain
performance.
* Chemical and heat resistance that met material quality requirements.
*
Globally reliable supply to meet customer orders with confidence.
Chemours materials are designed to enable greater performance in minimally invasive medical device applications.
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