Trelleborg’s focus on healthcare, medical

Trelleborg’s focus on healthcare, medical

February 5, 2020

Trelleborg Wheel Systems Americas, Inc.
Design Components Devices/Implants/Equipment

Trelleborg will demonstrate – in booth 2601 at MD&M West – how it helps pharmaceutical and medical device companies improve patient quality of life by forming lasting partnerships with customers to develop innovative, reliable engineered polymer solutions for demanding medical, biotech and pharmaceutical applications.

For more than 20 years, Trelleborg has developed and supplied silicone tubing, film and custom-molded components, as well as elastomer and polymer seals, to manufacturers for their biotech and pharmaceutical equipment, and medical devices. Trelleborg’s healthcare & medical operation brings together all its global sales, development, design and manufacturing facilities to better meet its customers’ needs.

At the show, Trelleborg will showcase its medical silicone tubes for long-term implants. Due to their biocompatibility and physical resistance, they play an important role in medical applications, both as conduits to transport liquid and as insulators for cables and sensors. The products must meet high-precision control and process stability demands, and also be implantable for up to several years. All long-term implantable silicone products are processed in cleanroom environments. Trelleborg has developed a range of specialty tubing and hose. Tubes are available in a full range of sizes and are designed jointly with customers to meet their individual application needs. Examples include multi-lumen, flexible, kink-resistant and silicone tubing with a plastic core for minimally invasive instruments, catheters and probes.

Trelleborg’s patented GeoTrans technology enables a significantly greater variation in the geometry of tubing, supporting unique, customer-specific designs. For example, one lumen can be separated into two lumen (or two into one) during the extrusion process, eliminating the need for a molded component between the different segments. Additionally, lumen can be stopped and restarted or the dimensions of tubing can be changed, which is often necessary for wound drains. Reducing the process steps in manufacturing saves time and decreases potential sources of failure, thereby reducing costs and mitigating risk.

Also on display at MD&M West are Trelleborg’s silicone sheeting and film capabilities, which address the increasing demand for flexible, breathable wound dressings to minimize scarring, reduce the risk of infection and accelerate healing.