Medical Device & Diagnostic Industry Product developers are using polymers with customization capabilities for a wide range of medical and laboratory applications. In the next few years, there will be a dramatic increase in sophisticated, highly specialized medical and laboratory applications, which will require customized filtration and separation media. Design engineers will be challenged to create more specific and sensitive sampling, testing, and screening products. Part of that challenge will be to keep the products simple, efficient, and cost-effective. One approach to designing filtration or separation products for new applications is to add on to an existing design. Many designers tend to add prefilters or multilayers of filtration media to existing materials designs. The resulting products can exhibit the standard vices of complex assemblies: increased manufacturing and assembly times, long changeover times in the field, and an increase in the number of materials held in inventory. These conditions can raise costs for the manufacturer and user alike. Porous UHMW polyethylene is used in pleated laminates for filtration (left), HPLC columns (bottom), and filtration baskets for laboratory sampling (right). How can a product developer reduce complexity and still achieve the end goal of a specialized filtration application? By forming a partnership, a designer and materials supplier can work together to simplify the end-product design and reduce manufacturing and assembly times and costs while enhancing filtration performance. Collaboration can also reduce the product development cycle time and, consequently, time to market. The overall result is a customized media tailored to the end-customer's needs within a specified time frame. For a number of reasons, the medical and laboratory product industries cannot rely solely on the current forms of filtration and separation materials for new applications. Some filtration and separation processes involve the use of strong solvents, reagents, or corrosive chemicals. Many existing nonpolymeric materials,
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Filter elements are used to remove impurities from liquids. They are used in water treatment systems and fluid processing applications.
Laboratory filters are used to remove particulates from samples in laboratory-scale applications. They consist of a filter medium and housing or holder that constrains and supports the filter media in the sample’s path.
Filtration equipment is used to filter, thicken or clarify a mixture of different elements.
Filter media is material that actively separates solids from a solution and/or binds select materials in a solution.
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Paper and paperboard materials are available in rolls or sheets and are used for writing, printing, packaging, and many other applications. Categories include commercial paper, industrial paper, and paperboard.
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