Use of thermoplastics is rapidly increasing in medical devices at the same time technology is increasing design complexity. The need for resistance to common sterilization techniques, disinfection media and production considerations presents significant challenges for the device designer. Ketoprix™ polyketone provides a unique solution which addresses all of those considerations while offering a compelling value proposition.
Engineers have been using thermoplastic resins to produce gears used in assemblies for the automotive, appliance, business equipment and other market segments for many years. Thermoplastics offer several improvements over metals including lower cost, less noise and lighter weight along with less energy loss due to frictional heat generation in
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Virtually all injection molded components are exposed to temperatures which are significantly higher or lower than typical room temperatures. Even parts destined for an office or interior residential environment may see significant temperature excursions during shipping or warehouse storage.
Many thermoplastic parts are exposed to environmental conditions which can lead to premature field failures. One of the most difficult of these considerations to address in the material selection process is exposure to aggressive chemicals. Ketoprix polyketone offers designers and engineers a solution to this challenge as it exhibits very broad chemical resistance rivaling that of exotic resins such as PVDF without their high costs. This article provides an overview of the chemical resistance of Ketoprix polyketone in addition to some guidelines to help engineers and designers navigate this part of the material selection process successfully.
Exhibiting an uncommon combination of excellent toughness, strength and chemical resistance, Ketoprix™ Polyketone offers designers a solution for challenges unmet by other engineering thermoplastic resins at a very competitive price point.
Compounding World: Polyketone Makes a Comeback article, quotes Dr. Cary Veith, President Esprix Technologies, on the applications, benefits and value of Ketoprix Polyketone Engineering Resins.
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