Polymer Insights Webinar: PC, PEI and Sulfones for Transparent Medical Applications

During this webinar, you will receive technical information and comparisons regarding Polycarbonate (PC) and high-performance amorphous polymers such as PEI, Udel® PSU (polysulfone), Veradel® PESU (polyethersulfone) and Radel® PPSU (polyphenylsulfone).

Case studies will be presented to illustrate the benefits of having material options when designing for your medical applications around attributes such as: Continuous service temperature, Repeated sterilization cycles and heat exposure, Aggressive chemical cleaning and Metal replacement



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Solvay formulates a portfolio of high-performance specialty polymers to satisfy a range of needs in the healthcare industry. The best material for a specific healthcare device is the polymer that provides the most effective balance of properties for the medical process requirements.

Watch this webinar to gain extensive technical support in determining which of Solvay’s sulfone polymers is the best choice for your specific medical needs to ensure the highest performance

Transparent Medical Grade Polymers

Polyetherimide (PEI) and Polycarbonate (PC) are two commonly used materials in healthcare applications. PEI offers higher performance than PC and have been the industry standard, but recent supply issues are forcing design engineers to evaluate alternative materials that offer comparable performance.

In this webinar, Solvay’s material experts address challenges medical grade materials face, specifically regarding thermal and mechanical performance, sterilization methods, biopharma processing, chemical resistance and design and processing considerations. Tradeoffs in the performance of different materials will always exist, as their properties operate differently across a range of applications.

Solvay provides a family of sulfone polymers that deliver transparency, improved toughness, strength, hydrolytic stability, chemical and heat resistance. Polysulfone (PSU), Polyethersulfone (PESU) and Polyphenylsulfone (PPSU) are three formulations that provide advantageous properties suitable for specific medical devices.

Watch Solvay’s webinar to learn about key properties of our transparent high-performance polymers to select the best specialty polymer for a specific medical use.

Alternative Materials for Medical Devices

Solvay’s range of sulfone polymers can effectively replace PEI and offer cost or performance advantages over this well-known plastic. In this webinar, our experts present case studies that illustrate the benefits of replacing PEI with Solvay’s high-performance polymers in various medical applications.

Thermal Properties

A material used in medical equipment must maintain its mechanical and structural properties at high temperatures in operational processes, manufacturing methods and during sterilization procedures. When a medical application is manufactured with low-grade materials, the device risks deterioration after long-term use. In this webinar, Solvay’s experts explain how our specialty polymers are formulated with advanced thermal capacities and present multiple case studies that reveal the thermal advantages of each sulfone polymer.

Sterilization Compatibility

When a medical device is not manufactured with a high-quality specialty polymer, long-term exposure to sterilization processes can physically alter its structure, mechanically deteriorate its components and lower its level of transparency. This webinar explores our specialty polymers’ ability to maintain their structure and outstanding performance when exposed to common sterilization processes over time.

Biopharma Processing Properties

The increased biopharmaceutical demand has led to a shift from repeated-use to single-use systems. When manufacturing single-use medical components, higher grade materials must be used to ensure increased performance and high levels of biocompatibility. In this webinar, experts present a case study that explores the improvements in performance and ease of use when equipment for single-use biopharma processing is manufactured with Solvay specialty polymers.

Mechanical Properties

The end-use environment of medical devices demands excellent mechanical properties to provide long-term use solutions. Items that are susceptible to impact from being dropped or bearing a continuous load must have the appropriate levels of tensile strength and stiffness to meet the end-use requirements. Solvay specialty polymers are formulated to offer the highest performing solution for a device equipped with proper levels of flexibility and impact resistance. In this webinar, engineers examine case studies that involve the mechanical properties associated with different materials and explain which of Solvay’s specialty polymers are best suited for such applications.

Chemical Resistance

Hospitals’ focus on preventing hospital-acquired infections has given rise to new cleansers and disinfectants which can impact a polymer’s surface aesthetics, level of transparency and caliber of performance. Many materials behave differently when exposed to certain chemicals, such as inorganic acids, alcohols, halocarbons and hospital-issued disinfectants, over time. Thus, today’s medical equipment must be constructed with highly chemically resistant materials to ensure maximum longevity of the product. Solvay’s experts explore the chemical behaviors of medical grade materials and analyze the benefits of using Solvay specialty polymers as an effective replacement for PEI in healthcare devices.

Design and Processing Properties

Material choice can have a significant impact on design possibilities and processing methods available. This webinar evaluates the properties of various materials, and the design possibilities they offer.