TPEs Meet ‘Real World’ Requirements for Replacing PVC in Tubing

While PVC has long been the material of choice for medical tubing, issues such as those focusing on the phthalate plasticizers used to make PVC flexible are causing some Tubing-Assemblymanufacturers to look for alternative materials. Until now the proposed replacements have failed to fully duplicate the advantages of PVC. Teknor Apex Company set out to develop Medalist MD-500 TPEs as the first fully practical alternative to PVC for tubing, providing equivalent or better performance at every stage of production and end use.

To demonstrate the capabilities of Medalist MD-500-based tubing in post-extrusion processes, Teknor Apex worked with prominent medical device manufacturers Dunn Industries, Inc., which specializes in medical tubing, and Pelham Plastics Inc., with expertise in assembly techniques. 

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