Take a PEEK: LEHVOSS shares how compounders can make lives easier

Helping people improve their health is a multi-layered teamwork. In the field of cutting-edge medical technology, this comprehensive spectrum also includes all those who provide high-performance plastics suitable for the development of this technology: plastic compounds that ensure optimal formulation / performance of the required materials.

Even if the well-being of the patient is the focus of all work and activities, the primary goal of the configurator is to make the work of the product developer, therapist or designer as efficient and successful as possible. As with any physician of every conceivable specialty, four core competencies are necessary:

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  • appropriate “tools”,
  • extensive specialized knowledge,
  • The high art of attentive listening
  • Many years of experience.

Only in this way can challenges and any problems be fully penetrated and possible developments or solutions can be dealt with and implemented in a promising way. Regardless of whether it is located close to the patient (such as a retractor or handle of an endoscope) or far away (such as a sterilizing container).

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LEHVOSS Group has been a partner of medical device manufacturers since the 1980s and offers a wide variety of polymers including custom materials. These include colourful, laser-tagged, chromatically optimized materials, structural and mechanical materials with glass fiber and carbon fiber reinforcement, powders, filaments and granules for 3D printing. For applications in medical technology, the focus is on highly chemical-resistant materials such as PEEK, PEI, PPS, PPA, and PPSU.

Whether retractors, endoscope handles or sterilization containers – high-performance plastics are fundamentally compatible with every step of development. A good author brings all of this together.

On the one hand, they know the performance of amorphous/semi-crystalline high-performance plastics, and on the other hand, they know both the requirements of users and the requirements of processors.

Above all, they know from experience that even the development of the most advanced materials alone does not produce an innovative medical technology product.

More is needed for this.

Regardless of whether the PEEK, PPSU, PPA and PA 66 based materials are modified with carbon or glass fibers and additives – only in the further development / production process does it become clear whether the materials behave under the influence as all participants hope or expect.

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High-performance compounds provide perfectly matched physical solutions to a wide range of requirements in the field of medical technology.

Conclusion: It’s like a relay race – the interface matters.

Even the highest speed of an individual runner is useless in a relay race if the delivery of the baton is not well practiced. In a figurative sense, this also applies to the cooperation between the compounder with its high-performance compounds on the one hand and the product developer on the other. The more long-term, efficient, intensive and detailed knowledge transfer can be done by both sides, the faster the development of a new product will achieve its goal or the more continuous and stable the development/improvement/production process will be. Consistently high level of quality.


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