Clear, phthalate-free thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) from Elastocon TPE Technologies (Rochester, Illinois, USA) can be used as alternatives to PVC materials in medical products. The CLR series TPEs are available in 65 and 75 Shore A hardnesses, giving tubing a soft feel.
Developed for applications that require oil- and plasticiser-free formulations and nonblooming high-strength properties, the materials also feature clamp resilience and kinking and necking resistance. Selected grades can be overmoulded onto polypropylene. Available in ready-to-use pellets or as concentrates, the US FDA–compliant TPEs are suited for applications requiring UV stability.
Elastocon currently offers the 2800 and 8000 series of TPEs, the SMR series of TPOs, the STK series for overmoulding, and alloys for injection and blow moulding, extrusion, or compounding.