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(TPU) in the medical field
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Responses to the pandemic have varied around the world, but the changing, creative need for biomedical supplies and textiles, especially protective clothing, has emerged as a universal concern.

 

Thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPU) are well known in the medical industry for their advanced applications in a variety of medical products and continue to be used in specific scenarios. This high-performance material has been designated for the development of many safety-critical applications, including high-tech body armor solutions and leading aerospace solutions. The healthcare market is increasingly demanding advanced materials solutions, and the use of TPU is leading to innovative approaches to biomedical products, protective clothing, infection control and medical devices.

 

Focused thermoplastic polyurethane

Thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) is a rubber-like material with a number of beneficial characteristics that make it ideal for material engineering. TPU film grade is made from polyurethane plastics that are extremely resilient and resistant to environments such as petroleum lubricants. The properties of the material exceed standard market requirements and become key in innovative product design, such as enhanced strength properties. It is because of its excellent physical and mechanical properties, including durability, tear strength, stress resistance and puncture resistance, that TPU has become the ideal material for medical applications. The additional elasticity and flexibility properties make this material even more of a choice, especially considering it is often used as a more sustainable alternative to PVC.

 

Permali's Tuftane TPU film grade is a blend of polyester or polyether aromatic PU polymer technology. Key features of this material include excellent biocompatibility, transparency, high elastic strain recovery, soft touch on skin contact and excellent environmental resistance (including a wide range of gases and chemicals). A variety of medical applications demonstrate market advances achieved through material innovation, with a focus on thermoplastic polyurethane, which is emerging as a sustainable alternative to traditional PVC materials.

 

Manufacturing TPU materials science for the medical market can accelerate product innovation while complying with a variety of increasingly stringent safety regulations. Material solutions are shaped by the regulatory environment, technical requirements, product performance requirements, and other factors. In particular, for manufacturers of medical devices and healthcare products, the TPU grades being developed need to meet biocompatibility and fungal or bacterial resistance requirements.

 

The bacteriostasis of the material means that certain TPU grades are resistant to microbial growth, such as MRSA (Staphylococcus aureus) and Escherichia coli, while polyether-based Tpus can help limit the spread of bacteria by virtue of their inherent ability to resist microbial growth. Thermoplastic polyurethanes are favored for their machining flexibility and grade variety, and materials engineers and designers have a variety of packaging options. TPU can be molded, die-cut, thermoformed or welded to the desired shape or size.

 

Permali's Tuftane TPU film makes it easy for manufacturers to finish, transform and process plastic and rubber materials using traditional techniques. The most common is film and sheet processing and finishing technology, including vacuum thermoforming; Heat sealing and lamination; Adhesive and solvent bonding; Cutting, punching and stamping; Rf, HF and ultrasonic welding, embossing and printing.

 

At the regulatory level, the scope of supervision is broader, such as eu directive 93/42 / EEC, as well as national regulations. For example, ISO 10993 represents safety standards for the management of various biological risks and is designated for biocompatible medical treatment. Tuftane TPU films are often evaluated to meet the requirements of a range of device applications.

 

biocompatibility

 

Note Medical devices undergo stringent safety tests to ensure they are suitable for the hospital environment. Biocompatible material solutions are designed to meet biological risks. At a minimum, these materials should not introduce any unnecessary reactions, such as catalyzing or promoting chemical reactions. Biocompatibility is a statement of safety assessment or appropriate host response. Biomedical products are manufactured under strict safety regulations and play a role in a range of professional and consumer health care markets. The combination of resistance to bacteria and other fungi with biocompatibility means that these materials are desirable for the unique challenges and complexities of healthcare.

 

Medical application of TPU

 

TPU films have been designated as materials by leading manufacturers of pharmaceuticals, health products, hospital equipment, biomedical devices and personal protective equipment (PPE) for medical personnel. TPU is designated for use in many markets due to its high-performance properties, with medical care applications ranging from artificial heart components and plasma bags to isolation tents in hospitals. High strength, tear resistance and biocompatibility are important characteristics that continue to encourage product innovation across the medical market. New applications continue to emerge, especially in categories where medical device manufacturers can advance the market (such as isolation membranes or wound dressings). Specifically, polyurethanes have a reputation for being better than other materials in these demanding environments. In medical Settings, materials often rub or bend against each other. Without a TPU rating, these materials will fatigue or weaken. Enhancing material properties through TPU is one way to advance product design and innovation.

 

Medical staff benefit from TPU

 

During a pandemic, shortages of protective equipment and supplies are a familiar headline. The need for product innovation and fast turnround means that a variety of manufacturers have played a role in supporting national health systems during global health crises. Manufacturers use TPU solutions in personal protective equipment such as protective film in the UK and Europe. The focus is not only on product design and safety, but also on how manufacturers can complement national efforts to rebuild the UK's supply chain and urgently produce high quality ppe solutions for frontline workers. As well as providing a safety solution for NHS staff, the manufacturer has also deployed TPU materials for hospital bed systems, which play a key role in patient care. Whether patient or staff safety products, TPU has been valuable in advancing product design and helping the medical market innovate its devices and appliances when it comes to addressing challenging health crises. Looking ahead, material design is a starting point for innovative product design that can help the market develop and overcome challenges.

 

 

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