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.
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
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)
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
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|
|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
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
- 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|
|Bleach Solutions, 10%||Excellent||Excellent||Excellent||Excellent||Excellent||Excellent|
|Lysetol® FF||Excellent||Good||Good||Not Tested||Excellent||Excellent|
|Hydrogen Peroxide, 3%||Excellent||Excellent||Excellent||Excellent||Excellent||Excellent|
|Isopropyl Alcohol, 70%||Excellent||Good||Good||Excellent||Excellent||Excellent|
|Puristeril Plus®||Excellent||Excellent||Excellent||Not Tested||Excellent||Excellent|
|Sporotal® 100||Excellent||Good||Good||Not Tested||Excellent||Excellent|
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.
|Veradel® HC PESU||✓|
(1) Gamma stabilized colors available