Stabilized & Specialty Polymers
Foster utilizes as wide variety of specialty additives to enhance specific properties of biomedical polymers. These specialty solutions are custom formualted to meet the unqiue demands of complex medical devices.
Foster Specilaty Polymer Compounds
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.
Foster HLS™ (Heat & Light Stabilized Polymers) – Heat stabilizers minimizee 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, in clinical use or duing storage.
Foster ProPell™ Low Friction Compounds– Utilizes revolutionary technology to significantly reduce the friction properties of medical polymers; ideal for catheter working channels and component surfaces (for more information on Foster ProPell™ Low Friction Compounds or other lubricious solutions see "Lubricious Compounds")
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.
Hydrophillic polymers - Enhances moisture vapor transmission rate (MVTR) of base polymer to increase breathability.
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.
Others – Medical polymers can also incorporate additives such as conductive, antiblocks, minerals, magnetic and more.