Publication: May 30, 2022

TPE shows winning colors in medical applications


THERMOLAST® M and THERMOLAST® H TPEs for safe coloring solutions

Different colors are used for different purposes in a medical setting. During an emergency, color codes are used to enable medical personnel to respond quickly and decisively. Colors are also used to determine the status of medical devices and to aid identifying the equipment that is being used, which is especially important in a busy medical environment. They are also used in the design of medical devices to assist doctors avoid human errors while operating them. Similarly, colors are tapped for therapeutic purposes. Certain colors are associated with healing, upliftment, rest, and restoring the well-being of both patients and healthcare workers.

Medical device designers and manufacturers can rely on advanced materials such as thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) to create industry-standard and safety-compliant designs. 

Colorful options to choose from
KRAIBURG TPE is a global manufacturer of a wide range of TPE products and custom solutions for a variety of industries. The company provides TPE materials with an array of color options that are widely used in medical devices such as nebulizers, glucose meters, forehead thermometers, blood pressure monitors, and on electrical device parts such as connectors, mouthpieces, valves, and buttons. They are also used in pharmaceutical packaging such as lid closures, valves, seals and gaskets, and other similar parts.

KRAIBURG TPE prioritizes customer needs for quality, safety, and reliability by providing colorable TPEs to enhance the devices’ appearance and design. These include smart wearable products to home care medical devices like health-oriented smart watches, wireless glucometers, and wireless blood pressure testers.

KRAIBURG TPE’s in-house coloring team can provide the precise shade of colors and quickly distribute color samples with exceptional delivery times for colored compounds, and tested for worldwide-consistent color quality.

THERMOLAST® M - High transparency option  
KRAIBURG TPE’s medical grade THERMOLAST® M series is available in translucent, transparent, and natural colors, along with high transparency and precoloring options. The compounds are VDI 2017 and ISO 10993-5 compliant, and they are also listed in the Drug Master File.

The selective TPE series had excellent resealing properties and compression set, as well as low friction and high elasticity. It exhibits good adhesion with polyolefins (PP, PE, COC, COP) and technical thermoplastics like ABS, PC, PET-G, and polyamides through a multi-component injection molding process. 

In addition, KRAIBURG TPE's Medical Service Package guarantees optimum raw material purity and solid 24-month supply security. This compound series also assures optimum safety with excellent control management.

THERMOLAST® H: exclusively for Asia Pacific healthcare and medical device market
KRAIBURG TPE’s THERMOLAST® H HC/AP and HC/RS/AP series compounds are available in translucent color and in-house precoloring is also possible; subject to specific project requirements. The resealing series, which was recently launched specifically for Asia Pacific healthcare and medical applications, complies with international standards such as ISO10993-5 and GB/T 16886.5 (cytotoxicity), and worldwide food contact and medical standards such as China GB 4806 – 2016, US FDA CFR 21, Regulation (EU) No 10/2011, REACH, and RoHS. Its resealing performance is tested according to DIN ISO 15759. Other features include a wide range of hardness, durability, flexibility, sterilizability in an autoclave at 121°C or with ETO (gas), and the absence of silicone, latex, PVC, and phthalates.

Sustainability successes of our TPE
Besides the materials for medical applications, KRAIBURG TPE’s recent sustainability innovations include a specially developed material solution for automotive, consumer, and industry applications comprising post-consumer recycled (PCR) and post-industrial recycled (PIR) content. 

Are you looking for a sustainable TPE solution? Talk to us now!
Our experts would be happy to answer any questions you have, as well as to offer the right solution for your applications.

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