Eastman Tritan™ copolyester—superior attributes for medical devices
Eastman Tritan™ copolyester is raising the bar for durability and cleanability in medical devices and housings. BPA-free Tritan’s attributes include exceptional clarity, toughness, improved heat and chemical resistance, and more. It’s also easy to process due to its unique chemical makeup relative to traditional thermoplastics. This blend of processing and performance properties provides greater advantages compared with other commonly used polymers. Available in clear and opaque formulations, Tritan offers many benefits to enhance innovative device designs:
Clear formulations of Tritan
- Greater toughness, heat resistance, processability, and design freedom
A safer connection for stopcocks
Eastman Tritan™ copolyester is resistant to a wide array of medical fluids, such as oncology drugs, drug carrier solvents, and lipids. Along with its toughness, low residual stress, and color stability post-sterilization, Tritan is an excellent choice for fluid management components.
Regulations in the medical market are constantly changing. When Elcam Medical, a world-class manufacturer of disposable medical devices for the OEM market, wanted to further improve the safety and efficacy of its fluid management devices, they turned to Eastman to find a polymer that complies with new regulations while still optimizing performance.
Secure connections for safer devices
Global design standards for tubing connectors are now helping improve patient safety and device efficacy. ISO 80369 requires small-bore connectors to be made of semirigid and rigid materials, making incorrect interconnections less likely. Enteral devices were the first of all the clinical applications to undergo this change.
To meet this standard, you may have to adjust your design, which means you may need a new mold or new materials. Eastman Tritan™ copolyester is a rigid material with the properties needed to comply with these regulations.
Putting device durability to the test
When choosing a polymer for a medical device, it’s crucial to understand how the material will perform in the real world. Eastman’s 4-step test helps show how plastics hold up when exposed to frequent disinfection, but it’s also important to see how that translates into actual performance in the field.
That’s why we developed the housing drop test. This test can be used alongside the 4-step method to understand how a well-designed device will respond to impact after being disinfected.
Four steps for testing housing material performance
This simple, easily-repeatable test can help predict the reliability of a material after exposure to harsh cleaners and drugs commonly used in hospital settings. The method uses a 1.5% constant strain jig together with wet patches for applying chemical reagents. Here’s how it works:
- Select the appropriate jig.
- Load flex bars onto jig.
- Apply chemicals to the flex bars.
- Perform reverse side impact test.
A preferred supplier that goes the extra mile
Our regulatory group stays current with global regulatory changes and makes this information readily available to the market. We provide you with all the necessary regulatory information for the safe use of our polymers, including details on compliance with Food and Drug Administration standards, chemical and mechanical properties, and more.
We also offer premium technical service for all aspects of the molding process, from conception through bringing your product to market. Eastman Design Services capabilities include:
Thank You for Asking
“How environmentally friendly is Eastman MXF221 copolyester?”
Eastman strives to create solutions that offer more value with less environmental impact.
MXF221 copolyester is one of our many environmentally responsible offerings that meets
industry standards for safety and sustainability. Some of its innovative properties include:
- It’s made without BPA, halogens, or ortho-phthalate plasticizers.
- Its toughness and durability can potentially increase product life and reduce waste.
- The flame-retardant additives used in do not contain antimony, bromine, or chlorine.
- It’s suitable for transducer housing applications that require contact with the skin.
Colorful possibilities with Eastman MXF221 copolyester
Brand owners who use opaque polymers often require precise color matching and vibrant aesthetics to maintain their brand identities. Eastman MXF221 copolyester comes in a wide array of colors with the ability to align seamlessly with any brand standards.
Improving Medical Devices with Eastman MXF221 Copolyester
Our latest offering, Eastman MXF221 copolyester, is a biocompatible, fully compounded medical grade polymer that is uniquely suited for medical devices and electronic device housings. Developed from Eastman Tritan™ copolyester, Eastman MXF221 copolyester offers superior chemical resistance to stringent disinfectants and drugs, improved durability, and greater longevity.
Eastman MXF221 copolyester provides many advantages for devices and brands, including:
- Unsurpassed chemical resistance—Unlike polycarbonate or other polymers that lose their impact strength after contact with harsh disinfectants and chemicals, Eastman MXF221 copolyester can withstand many aggressive disinfectants without cracking, crazing, or hazing.
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In general, small thick-walled parts made with Eastman Tritan™ copolyester can be ultrasonically welded by
following the welder’s recommendations for other amorphous thermoplastics.