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KRAIBURG TPE offers THERMOLAST M compounds for medical PPE
Source:Adsale Plastics Network    Editor:JK    Date:24.Aug.2020

KRAIBURG TPE, one of the global leaders in superior thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) compounds, offers a range of THERMOLAST M compounds for personal protective equipment (PPE) applications in the medical sector.


TPEs respond to the functional issues related to PPE designs, owing to their versatility and durability. The advantages of mechanical properties coupled with biocompatibility, make TPEs well-suited for medical applications in parts sealing, strips, handles, and more.


KRAIBURG TPE offers a range of THERMOLAST M compounds for PPE applications in the medical sector.

The compounds also meet the requirements of the VDI 2017 guideline for medical-grade plastics (MGPs), issued by the Association of German Engineers (VDI), as well as the Reach and RoHS standards and Regulation (EU) No 10/2011, for use in medical applications.


The US DMF-listed compounds also conform to US CFR 21 FDA (raw material conformity), and are certified to ISO 10993-10 (Intracutaneous irritation), ISO 10993-4 (Hemolysis), USP <88> (Biological Reactivity, Class VI), ISO10993-11 (Acute systemic toxicity) and ISO 10993-5 (Cytotoxicity).


Furthermore, most KRAIBURG TPE’s THERMOLAST M compounds are sterilizable with superheated steam of 121°C or 134°C, γ-gamma ray treatment (2 x 35 kGy), β-ray (electron beam) treatment (2 x 35 kGy) and EtO gas, making them applicable in the medical sector.

In addition to the easy sterilization properties, important features of the THERMOLAST M compounds are their elasticity and soft, flexible surface.


Targeted at the medical sector, the THERMOLAST M compounds are free of allergens such as latex, as well as avoid potential environmental pollutants such as polyvinylchloride (PVC), phthalates, and BPA (bisphenol A).



The THERMOLAST M series includes the MC/LF compounds that can be applied in breathing masks, goggles, sealing for face shields and handles of glasses to protect users against viral and bacterial contaminants.


Benefits of this series are the hardness level of 30-90 Shore A, low surface friction, abrasion and scratch resistance and the translucent color. Furthermore, the MC/LF series of compounds can be easily processed through injection molding and extrusion, with properties of adhesion to PP.



Meanwhile, the MC/AD/PA compounds in the THERMOLAST M series are suitable for applications such as face shield head comfort pads and face mask seals that are used to protect users against infectious diseases.


Properties of the injection moldable compound are the hardness level of 60-70 Shore A, and its adhesion with nylons, such as PA6 and PA12. Available in a natural color, it is also easily colorable in effect colors, to allow for customization in medical PPE applications.



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