Medical technology

Materials approved for the pharmaceutical industry and health care

The world’s population is ageing rapidly, and the planet must accommodate more and more people. With the general rise in living standards and developments in health care, the average life expectancy is also steadily increasing .

This is going to pose numerous new challenges for health care and medicine. In addition to fulfilling basic needs such as that for food and water, we must meet the global need for more efficient treatment methods, better and lower-cost equipment, and new developments that are essential for caring for an ageing population.

Plastic materials are in growing demand in a wide range of medical and health-care applications. Thanks to their versatility and unique properties, plastics enable innovations that cannot be achieved with other materials.



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We supply medical-grade materials produced by Ensinger GmbH, a leading manufacturer in the field.

Ensinger GmbH’s materials and semi-finished products have passed rigorous testing. They are safe for demanding uses in humans and have FDA approval. These materials are compliant with the DIN-EN-ISO 13485:2003 standard. The materials can be appropriately sterilised with all commonly used sterilisation methods. They are resistant to chemicals and act as electrical insulators.

THE STRENGTHS OF PLASTIC MATERIALS

  • good resistance to chemicals
  • good resistance to detergents and disinfectants
  • suitability for machining
  • bio‑compatibility (in line with ISO 10993)
  • traceability throughout the delivery chain, from raw material to finished product (in line with EN-ISO 13485)
  • lightness

THE MOST COMMONLY USED MATERIALS

  • PEEK
  • PEI
  • PPS
  • PPSU
  • PPE
  • PP
  • POM

Applications of medical-grade plastics

Medical-grade plastics are used in numerous applications, such as orthopaedics / treatment of injuries, surgery, diagnostics, therapies/treatment, dental care, and sterilisation. Below, you can find out more about common medical applications and the materials used.

DEVICES

Planmed Verity

  • X-ray equipment
  • mammography devices
  • tomography systems
  • dental-care equipment
  • laboratory devices

Covers, protective shields, windows, and buttons
ABS, ABS+PMMA, ABS+PC, PMMA, PC, and Vivak PETG, also for painted parts

Sliding parts
PET, POM, POM+PE, PA6, PTFE, PET, and PEE

Electronic components and insulating elements
CEM-1, GPO-3, G11, and FR-4

FURNITURE AND FURNISHINGS

  • hospital furniture
  • operating-theatre furnishings
  • physiotherapy equipment
  • wheelchairs

Covers, protective shields, windows, basins, tables, and lighting fixtures
ABS, ABS+PMMA, ABS+PC, PMMA, PC, PETG, and Makrolon LED PC, also for painted parts

Sliding parts
PET, POM, POM+PE, PA6, PTFE, and PE 1000

EQUIPMENT

  • instruments
  • items that require sterilisation
  • implants
  • orthoses
  • prostheses

TECAFORM MT (POM), TECAPEEK MT, PPSU, TECASON E (PES), TECASON P MT (PSU), TECANAT (PC Tech.), and Simona Simolife EVA