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 Specialty Polymer Compounds
Foster Nanomed® and Nanomed MAX® Compounds Nanomed® additives selectively enhance stuctural performance of medical polymers, while maintaining flexibility, ductility and surface finish. These specialty polymers are ideally suited for catheter shafts, catheter balloons and PEEK replacement parts.
Foster HLS™ – 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– ProPell™ compounds incorporate proprietary surface enhancing additives into a wide range of medical grade polymers to reduce inherently high coefficient of friction, while retaining desired mechanical properties. For more information on Foster ProPell™ Low Friction Compounds or other lubricious solutions see "Lubricious Compounds".
PureEase™ - Foster PureEase™ is a range of modified TPU polymers, specifically designed to address common processing concerns and improve consistency and production yields. PureEase™ formulations incorporate very low loadings of processing enhancements into TPU polymers for operational improvements, while maintaining desired mechanical properties. Foster PureEase™ is ideally suited for tube extrusion applications where processing stability and control of ID/OD tolerances are critical
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