Specialty Polymers for Medical Equipment

With over 25 years of experience as a leading materials supplier to the healthcare industry, Solvay provides the reliability, experience and innovation that medical device manufacturers expect from their partners.

Our dedicated healthcare team provides the product development, technical and regulatory support you need to grow your business globally.​ 

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Medical grade high-performance polymers

For limited exposure applications having less than 24 hours contact with bodily fluids and tissue

Today’s broad range of medical equipment requires different performance requirements that benefit from our many different polymers.

  • Tailored levels of chemical resistance

  • High stiffness and impact strength 

  • ISO 10993:1 biocompatibility ​​testing 

  • ​Excellent surface finish 

  • Transparent, opaque and gamma-stabilized colors 

  • ​​​​​​FDA Master Access Files (MAF) available​ 

 

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High-performance polymers

For applications having no contact with bodily fluids and tissues

OEMs can also benefit from the proven performance of our products used in diverse end-use applications including automotive, smart devices, electrical/electronics, and the chemical processing industry.

  • Wide-ranging combinations of chemical, thermal and mechanical properties
  • Superior surface aesthetics 
  • Metal-like stiffness
  • Excellent electrical properties
  • Flame retardancy (UL 94-V0)

 

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Global technical and regulatory support

Solvay can be an added resource to your design and engineering team. We can provide the product development and technical and regulatory support you need to grow our business globally. 

  • Material recommendations 
  • Designing with plastics 
  • Moldflow® process modeling 
  • Finite element analysis 
  • Fabrication and assembly techniques 
  • Product testing and failure analysis 
  • Global regulatory submission assistance 
  • On-site materials training 
  • On-site processing support
Sterilization

Sterilization

Solvay’s healthcare plastics cover the gamut of sterilization technologies. Reusable devices are chemically washed and disinfected prior to any sterilization procedure. Those that are steam sterilized may be exposed to other chemicals, such as morpholine, which are often used in central steam sterilization systems to inhibit corrosion in the lines. For this reason, manufacturers should check performance under conditions that best simulate the intended use of the fabricated part in order to assess their cumulative effect on the material.

Compatibility with sterilization methods

  Radel® PPSU Veradel® HC PESU Udel® PSU Ixef® PARA AvaSpire® PAEK KetaSpire® PEEK
Steam 18 minutes at 134°C
10 cycles
100 cycles  
1000 cycles      
Ethylene Oxide Gas 100 cycles
Vaporized Hydrogen Peroxide 200 cycles  
High-Energy Gamma Radiation 40kGy (1)


Contact your Solvay representative for information specific to Solviva® Biomaterials 
(1) Veradel® HC PESU is compatible with high-energy gamma radiation but there is a drop in ductility.

Cleaning & Disinfection

Cleaning & Disinfection

Compatibility with cleaning agents and disinfectants is an important consideration when selecting materials for healthcare applications. Chemical resistance varies considerably among plastics and is largely dependent on molecular structure. Other influential factors include:

  • Type of reagent
  • Reagent concentration
  • Temperature
  • Exposure time
  • Stress on fabricated part

Stress can be caused by an external load applied during use or by a residual internal stress in the molded part due to processing. Residual stress can be minimized by adjusting processing conditions. It’s important to be familiar with a material’s performance under unstressed and stressed conditions as some reagents having no effect on unstressed plastic can cause cracking when stressed.

The table below gives a general indication of the compatibility of our medical grade plastics with commonly used hospital disinfectants. Because performance and design criteria are application specific, manufacturers should check performance under conditions that best simulate the intended use of the fabricated part. This includes cleaning and disinfecting followed by sterilization in order to assess their cumulative effects on the material. 
 

Compatibility with hospital disinfectants

  Radel® PPSU Veradel® PESU Udel® PSU Ixef® PARA AvaSpire® PAEK KetaSpire® PEEK
Aseptisol® Excellent Excellent Excellent Not Tested Excellent Excellent
Bleach Solutions, 10% Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Cavicide® Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Envirocide® Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Cidex® Excellent Excellent Excellent Not Tested Excellent Excellent
Lysetol® FF Excellent Good Good Not Tested Excellent Excellent
Grotanat® Excellent Good Poor Not Tested Excellent Excellent
Hydrogen Peroxide, 3% Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Isopropyl Alcohol, 70% Excellent Good Good Excellent Excellent Excellent
Manu-Klenz® Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Phenols, 2% Excellent Good Good Excellent Excellent Excellent
Puristeril Plus® Excellent Excellent Excellent Not Tested Excellent Excellent
Quaternaries Excellent Good Good Excellent Excellent Excellent
Sani-Cloth® HB Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Sani-Cloth® Plus Excellent Good Poor Excellent Excellent Excellent
Sporotal® 100 Excellent Good Good Not Tested Excellent Excellent
Super Sani-Cloth® Excellent Good Good Excellent Excellent Excellent
Wex-Cide® Excellent Good Poor Excellent Excellent Excellent
Colors

Customize your Look with Color

Set yourself apart from the competition by using color to create a fresh, exciting look for your products. Colors can also provide a quick visual reference for differentiating sizes.

Where transparency is important, consider Udel® PSU and Radel® PPSU resins, which in their natural state have a near water-white and light amber color respectively. They are available in a range of vibrant transparent colors that deliver a clear advantage over metal without compromising performance.

Solvay also offers a wide range of opaque colors for several of its medical grade plastics. Opaque and transparent Radel® PPSU colors and Ixef® PARA gamma stabilized colors are supported by FDA Master Access Files (MAF) and demonstrate no evidence of cytotoxicity, sensitization, intracutaneous reactivity or acute systemic toxicity. Custom colors available through partners.

  Transparent Opaque
Radel® PPSU
Veradel® HC PESU  
Udel® PSU
Ixef® PARA   (1)
AvaSpire® PAEK  

(1) Gamma stabilized colors available