Thermoplastics used in Medical Equipment

We always knew that plastics were a great material for so many applications, but with the recent COVID-19 pandemic, now the world is opening its eyes to all the great features of thermoplastics.

Plastics are used throughout the medical equipment industry and have been for years already. Many thermoplastics have antimicrobial features that make them a natural choice to help prevent the spread of viruses and bacteria. We can also create parts using thermoplastics that are FDA and Medical USP Class VI approved.

Many pieces of medical equipment are already quite heavy. Replacing some parts with lighter-weight thermoplastics, helps make the equipment easier to transport and use, and can help extend the life span of the device. You can also get parts made in a variety of colours as needed.

In addition to the PPE that front-line workers wear, thermoplastics are also often used for:
phantoms for imaging calibration
furniture in healthcare facilities
crash carts
grab bars, handrails, and other assistive aids
manufacturing of vessels and vials for sample collection
modular barriers and guards to protect staff and patients
various parts used in medical-grade equipment and machinery.

The medical industry commonly uses HDPE, Polypropylene, Polycarbonate, Acetal, ABS, PVC, and Acrylic in their equipment.

If you manufacture equipment for the medical industry, or are working in the industry and have a need for a solution in thermoplastics, contact Plastifab today and we’ll help you create the perfect parts in plastic.

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