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  • What Are Thermoplastic Elastomers (TPE)?
    Thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) are a group of rubber-like materials that combine the processing strengths of thermoplastics with the best qualities of thermoset rubbers. As their name suggests, thermoplastics are temperature-sensitive plastics that become soft or even fluid when heated
  • Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE) Market Growth Continues
    TPEs, a varied class of compounds that are easier and greener to process than thermosets, are gaining acceptance in industries including automotive and medical. Thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) are showing up in more and more places these days. The array of polymers that fall under the TPE umbrella
  • Medical Device Link . Soft and Elastic TPE Provides an Alternative to Latex Process Microfuses Radiopaque Markers to Intravenous Devices Adhesive Coating Technology Solves Packaging Problems
    components, imparting valuable functions without costly assembly steps. According to Teknor's Peter Galland, the softness and elasticity of the new compound make it a good candidate for use as a cushioning layer on system components that need shock and vibration control. The compound is a TPE alloy based
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    A NOTE FROM THE EDITOR After a bumpy start, thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) formulations are making more and more inroads in medical applications. New TPE formulations presented at K 2007 by GLS International (Oudenbosch, Netherlands) and the VTC TPE Group ( Am al, Sweden) may help that process along
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    Medical Device & Diagnostic Industry A study examines the effect of different TPE formulations and radiation dosages on changes in material physical properties following cross-linking. The process of cross-linking the setting up of chemical links between the molecular chains in a polymer has been
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    and flared ends, if desired. The CFT line is from Polygon Co. (Walkerton, IN; 800/918-9261). TPEs produce soft, colorable film. New film grades have expanded the Monprene line of compounds, processable in conventional blown- or cast-film extrusion systems. These thermoplastic elastomer (TPE
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    as injection-molded products. Thermoplastic Elastomer Is Designed for Comolding and Surface Use. A series of medical grades of a thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) compound developed by VTC France, SAS (La Chabanne, France) offer an alternative to silicone and natural rubber. Mediprene can be molded into medical
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    hydrophilic thin films, and hydrophilic PSA tapes. Thermoplastic elastomers help prevent allergenic reactions. Three new TPE compounds are easily processed at high rates of extrusion without the curing or vulcanization necessary for thermoset rubber. Teknor Apex's Thermoplastic Elastomer Division