Plastics that stand up to repeated steam sterilization
Many plastic materials including polysulfone, Ultem®, PPSU, and PEEK can be used for medical devices where repeated steam sterilization is required. Medical applications for plastics include surgical instrument handles, sterilization trays, fluid handling couplings, and luer fittings.
The number of autoclave cycles that a plastic component will be able to withstand before deteriorating depends on the material, the autoclave settings, the part geometry, and the level of stress in the part.
Fluoropolymer with outstanding mechanical properties and dimensional stability.
Plastic material with excellent mechanical strength, stiffness, and abrasion resistance.
Flexible fluoropolymer with outstanding chemical resistance and electrical properties.
Fluoropolymer with outstanding dimensional stability, mechanical properties, and temperature range.
Strong, stiff plastic with outstanding chemical resistance; performs over a wide range of temperatures.
Flexible fluoropolymer that performs well in extreme temperature and harsh chemical environments.
Plastic material with excellent chemical and corrosion resistance at elevated temperatures.
High temperature thermoplastic material with outstanding impact resistance that is autoclavable.
High strength plastic with outstanding electrical and high service temperature properties.
High temperature, semi-transparent plastic material with good mechanical properties.