Working together to solve medical device challenges

Molders and brand owners come to us for many different reasons during the developmental journey of a medical device.
•  You may have a totally new device and want the best-fit polymer to optimize its performance advantages.
•  Your current material may not have the chemical resistance and toughness to meet changing hospital disinfectant protocols and more powerful drugs and carrier solvents.
•  Recent regulations may be driving the need for more compliant materials. 
Whatever the challenge, working with Eastman lets you access technical expertise and support every step of the way—to help position your device for end-state success.
By collaborating early and often during product development and manufacturing, we can help you work with product engineers, toolmakers, and downstream assembly partners to bring your project to market efficiently and profitably.  

Here are a few of the benefits of working together with Eastman:
Design Center expertise—Eastman Design Center engineers can provide mold-filling simulation support as well as stress analysis of the proposed parts.
– This can help reduce problems related to gating, plastic flow path, knit lines, and air traps.
– Early identification allows design changes before tooling to reduce costs and time.
On-site technical support—Eastman can provide on-site support to help you maintain polymer properties while making the most of your molding conditions. This is especially valuable if you’re not experienced working with our medical copolyesters.
Post-molding testing—We can offer molecular weight analysis and other post-molding testing of the molded parts to make sure the Eastman copolyester is processing as expected. Ongoing monitoring helps validate performance consistent with that received during qualification.    
Downstream handling advice—Eastman can provide expertise in downstream handling of molded parts, including joining, decorating, and mechanical assembly into your final product.
What challenges are your medical devices facing today—and in the future? Eastman is dedicated to listening to our partners, understanding their unique challenges, and sharing world-class expertise that can impact product safety and success.
Contact an Eastman customer service representative today.
To optimize medical devices, start with optimal materials.

Injection molders play a unique role in creating stronger, safer medical devices. Molders often have the best understanding of newer materials—and are in the best position to know which materials to use to optimize the performance of both new and existing designs.
Molders and brand owners typically consider the full range of materials for a totally new product. In addition, brand owners frequently work with molders to optimize an existing device by replacing incumbent materials that have fallen behind the healthcare industry’s need for reliability, regulatory compliance, and chemical resistance to hospital disinfectants and cleaners.
Eastman helps molders and brand owners optimize performance through innovative materials and technical support.
Innovative materials
•  The growing portfolio of medical grade Eastman Tritan MXF copolyesters offer a wide range of disinfectant-ready polymers for clear and opaque applications.
•  Eastman medical grade polymers can optimize performance, simplify processing, and improve patient safety through:
  • Superior chemical resistance and impact strength
  • Reduced repairs, returns, and warranty claims
  • Compliance with specific industry regulations
  • Fully compounded one-pellet solutions
  • Post-sterilization clarity (transparent formulations)
  • Reduced scrap waste
  • Excellent characteristics for secondary applications and accelerated aging
  • Precise replication of tooling features in the molded parts
Technical support
•  Eastman has robust technical resources to help ensure you’re using the optimal polymer for the application and molding conditions. 
•  For example:
  • Prior to testing and sampling, the Eastman Design Center can review both part and tooling designs.
  • Eastman can provide mold-filling simulations to help you evaluate processability of candidate materials.
  • Eastman can help identify design changes that can be made prior to cutting/tooling to save prototyping costs and get products to market more efficiently.
  • Eastman can provide valuable expertise to help optimize secondary processes.
Are you making the most of the medical devices you’re molding? Optimal materials and expertise from Eastman can help you deliver all the performance designed into today’s advanced products. Join us at Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) West 2020, February 11–13, to learn the latest. And follow Eastman Medical Polymers on LinkedIn for updates on what we’ll be showcasing at MD&M West 2020.

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Join Eastman at MD&M West 2020

Eastman is excited to exhibit at Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) West 2020! Join us February 11–13 in Anaheim, California, as we share exciting new innovations that are helping improve medical equipment and create positive health outcomes.
At MD&M West 2020, we’ll be highlighting the latest advancements in medical technology and the collaborations that are key to success in the medical market. Don’t miss out any of the fun: 
  • Stop by booth 2301 to learn about four new products as part of the Eastman TritanMXF portfolio of medical polymers.
  • Attend our Lunch and Learn events to discover what industry experts are saying about the future of medical devices and packaging.
  • Register for one-on-one sessions with members of Eastman’s medical device and packaging teams.
MD&M West 2020
Feb. 11–13, 2020
Anaheim Convention Center
Anaheim, California
Booth 2301
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An innovative solution to medical device housing failure

As healthcare facilities ramp up the use of aggressive disinfectants, traditional plastics are feeling the strain. It’s all too common to see device housings become sticky; wear thin in high-touch areas; or crack, crumble, or shatter after only a few months of service. The issue? Devices that were designed just a few years ago are typically made with materials that lack the right combination of impact strength and chemical compatibility with today’s stringent cleaning protocols.
Eastman Tritan copolyester is an excellent choice for medical housings due to its superior toughness and high chemical resistance. Using Tritan in your device can also help prevent costly repairs and replacements, keeping patients safe and customers happy.
In our webinar “Many Medical Hardware Housing Complaints. One New Technology Solution,” we share an in-depth look at how device performance is being compromised by the increased use of aggressive disinfectants and how material choice can make a key difference in device success.
Watch it on demand to learn more about:
  • The true cause of part failures and how to address it
  • Strategies to improve device reliability, reduce repair costs, and extend product life
  • Test results comparing Tritan’s performance with that of traditional housing materials
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Why should you choose Eastman medical grade polymers?
You want to create medical devices and packaging that ensure patient safety and provide long-lasting reliability. To accomplish that, you have to choose high performance medical grade materials. Manufacturers who specify medical grades of Eastman Tritan copolyester not only get access to advanced, high-quality raw materials but also to a strong level of support throughout the regulatory journey to commercialization of a new product.
By specifying Eastman medical grade polymers, you get help with:
  • Biocompatibility
  • Sterilization
  • Quality systems
  • Dedicated regulatory support
  • Regulatory statements and product regulatory information sheets
  • FDA Drug Master Files
  • Quality systems and cGMP
  • Application development and technical services
  • Educational webinars and customized lunch and learn sessions
  • Design recommendations
  • Material FFU criteria and specific performance testing
  • Competitive materials analysis or ID
  • Physical property testing
  • Aging and sterilization studies
Eastman has long history as reliable global supplier of raw materials. We provide not only leadership in innovation and business continuity but also regulatory support and processes that help customers take products to market with greater efficiency and confidence. For more information on the support services we provide, contact an Eastman customer service representative.
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