Guide to High-Performance Materials and Sterilization Methods
Reference Guide to High-Performance Materials
Teleflex Medical OEM is a global leader in the extrusion of high-performance materials like PTFE, FEP and PEEK.
The performance of a medical device is greatly influenced by the characteristics of the material used in the extrusion. In order to help you select the material that is right for your project, our product development team compiled technical information on selected materials used in the medical device industry.
There are several methods of sterilization commonly used in the medical field, including autoclaving, Ethylene Oxide (EtO), Hydrogen Peroxide, Gamma, and Electron Beam (E-beam). Each has a different effect on the materials used in the development of a custom medical device, therefore, determining the type of sterilization is a critical design issue.
Since Gamma sterilization is being used more frequently due to the reduced, post-sterile release cycle time, the product development team at Teleflex Medical OEM has developed reference charts that contains many common materials and the effects that can be expected when the material is exposed to Gamma sterilization.