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Medical Plastics and K 2013

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Clyde Sharpe President of International Sales for Elasto Proxy

Did you know that more than half of the world’s manufactured medical products are made of medical plastics? From contact lenses and syringes to intubation tubing and prosthetics, hospitals and healthcare facilities use products made of polymers. Packaging, building and construction, and the automotive industry still consume most of the world’s plastics production, but medical technology is a fast-growing market.

Rubber components for durable medical equipment and medical assist devices are also helping to meet the growing global demand for manufactured medical solutions. For suppliers who need to source latex-free materials, avoiding allergens is critical. As a recent draft guidance document from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) explains, accuracy in medical product labeling is an important industry goal.

The K Show in Dusseldorf, Germany

For rubber and plastics companies who want to meet shared challenges and learn about the latest in processing technologies, Germany’s K Show is the place to be this fall. From October 16 to 23, the city of Dusseldorf will host over 3,000 exhibitors who specialize in raw materials and semi-finished products, technical parts and reinforced plastics, machinery and processing equipment, and value-added services.

Held just once every three years, the K Show will also feature a special focus on meeting the needs of the medical marketplace. For innovative companies who want to grow along with the medical industry, K 2013 will offer access to potential partners who can strengthen supply chains and offer both technical expertise and application knowledge.

Meet Elasto Proxy at K 2013

As an experienced provider of sealing solutions to the medical equipment industry, Elasto Proxy invites you to meet our co-founders and co-owners at K 2013. Twenty-five years ago, Doug Sharpe and Donna Sharpe started a family-owned business based on strong business relationships. Today, Elasto Proxy is a growing, global supplier of more than just high-quality rubber and plastic products.

Our company’s name, a marriage “elastomer and proxy”, defines our commitment to understanding your needs and delivering on them. By building upon this business philosophy, our solutions providers understand the medical industry’s regulatory environment and how some plastic and rubber materials must meet requirements such as those from the U.S. FDA and NSF International.

Rubber and Plastic Parts for Medical Applications

Elasto Proxy specializes in the custom fabrication of rubber and plastic parts such as silicone tubing for medical devices and dental equipment, molded diaphragms for hospital air regulators, and medical gaskets made of specialized compounds for X-Ray machines. So whether you need sealing solutions for hospitals, medical offices, or home-health care settings, Elasto Proxy can help.

In addition to providing products for durable medical equipment, Elasto Proxy also designs and custom fabricates components for medical assist devices. Examples include rubber seals for handicap-accessible walk-in bathtubs, plastic end caps and rubber rollers for steel-frame hospital beds, foam grips for bed grab handles, seals for ceiling-mounting patient lifts, and mattress overlays to prevent patient rollout.

Solving Specialized Sealing Challenges

To help solve your sealing challenges, Elasto Proxy can also supply EMI shielding for medical equipment and high-quality parts made of thermoplastic elastomers (TPE), special materials with antimicrobial and antifungal properties. Although TPEs have a higher material cost than other compounds, thermoplastic rubbers are cost-effective for small runs because they cure right away.

So are you headed to K 2013 this October? Whether your tradeshow plans include this industry-leading event or not, I hope you’ll comment on this blog entry with questions about medical applications for high-quality rubber and plastic products. How can we help you?