When choosing a polymer for a medical device, it’s crucial to understand how the material will perform in the real world. Eastman’s 4-step test helps show how plastics hold up when exposed to frequent disinfection, but it’s also important to see how that translates into actual performance in the field.
That's why we developed the housing drop test. This test can be used alongside the 4-step method to understand how a well-designed device will respond to impact after being disinfected.
Using materials commonly found in electronic medical device housings and hardware, we designed medical device housings with uniform wall thickness, gradual transitions, and smooth corners to help minimize stress. Each molded part was assembled with six screws using a fixed torque.
The devices were then submerged in Virex® TB for approximately two hours. To replicate use in the hospital environment, we dropped each device multiple times from a height of three feet and visually inspected for cracks and breakage.
The results of this test match closely with results from the 4-step test. To see the test in action and learn more about how different material performed, check out this video.
This simple, easily-repeatable test can help predict the reliability of a material after exposure to harsh cleaners and drugs commonly used in hospital settings. The method uses a 1.5% constant strain jig together with wet patches for applying chemical reagents. Here's how it works:
- Select the appropriate jig.
- Load flex bars onto jig.
- Apply chemicals to the flex bars.
- Perform reverse side impact test.
Read our Disinfect with Confidence brochure for more details on each step of the process, and check out this video.
Ultimately, this test should help you confidently choose the best material for your next project.
Learn more about Eastman’s medical grade polymers for medical device housings and hardware at Eastman.com/medicalhousings.
Tritan on Tour took a trip across states to UBM Advanced Manufacturing Expo in Anaheim, CA where Eastman's next-generation polymer for the medical market was showcased to an intrigued crowd. Learn more about the new polymer by visiting http://www.plasticsnews.com/article/20180223/NEWS/180229943/eastman-emphasizes-value-of-disinfectant-ready-polymers.
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“How environmentally friendly is Eastman MXF221 copolyester?”
Eastman strives to create solutions that offer more value with less environmental impact.
MXF221 copolyester is one of our many environmentally responsible offerings that meets
industry standards for safety and sustainability. Some of its innovative properties include:
- It’s made without BPA, halogens, or ortho-phthalate plasticizers.
- Its toughness and durability can potentially increase product life and reduce waste.
- The flame-retardant additives used in do not contain antimony, bromine, or chlorine.
- It’s suitable for transducer housing applications that require contact with the skin.