Stabilized & Specialty Polymers
A wide variety of specialty additives enhance specific properties of biomedical polymers. These include:
Foster NanoMed® Reinforcement Compounds– Nanoparticles selectively enhance rigidity and stiffness properties of medical polymers while maintaining toughness and surface finish ideal for thin-walled catheters.
Lubricants – Reduces friction properties of medical polymers; ideal for catheter working channels and component surfaces.
Hydrophillic polymers - Enhances moisture vapor transmission rate (MVTR) of base polymer to increase breathability.
Heat Stabilizers – Minimize degradation during compounding of medical polymers or later fabrication processes that involve high temperatures.
UV Stabilizers – Minimize degradation of medical polymers due to UV light exposure, which may occur in later fabrication processes that involve UV cured adhesives, or in clinical use.
Antioxidants – Preserve the chemical and mechanical properties of medical polymers, extending shelf life.
Processing Aids – Improve dispersion of additives and improve overall quality of compounded medical polymers.
Fostalink® - Custom formulations that process as thermoplastics and are cross linked post-processing to improve temperature, tensile and durability properties for applications such as heat shrink tubing.
Others – Medical polymers can also incorporate additives such as conductive, antiblocks, minerals, magnetic and more.