Aging populations and emerging markets are driving an increase in demand for pharmaceutical products. As a result, pharmaceutical packaging and drug delivery device manufacturers are rapidly outgrowing their supply chain capacity.
To help mitigate this issue, manufacturers are seeking to identify and use more efficient materials and processes. Traditional rubber materials can limit production efficiency and increase system costs.
Recent thermoplastic elastomer advances give manufacturers the ability to use specialized TPEs for healthcare to modernize processing and minimize secondary operations. This, in turn, raises productivity and reduces system costs. Because they remove the need to wash products and simplify bonding to rigid substrates, TPEs require only one to two minutes of processing time from start to finish, and are ideal when producing dynamic and static seals, liquid storage and delivery packaging, and infusion therapy devices.
By choosing TPEs, manufacturers can achieve the desirable flexibility, low modulus, and soft touch of vulcanized rubber, while adding processing advantages and the potential for recycling. Medical grade TPEs have extremely low levels of leachables and extractables, and are available in several different formulations to address specific processing and end product requirements.
An impending capacity crunch may be offset by faster production, and TPEs can be the answer. Find out more here.Premium Content Download