Just what the doctor ordered: chemical-resistant, flame-retardant polycarbonate for medical devices

Merz Cellfina® System
Merz selected Makroblend® M4000 FR PC+PBT blend for the housing of the motor module of its Cellfina® System and Makrolon® 2458 polycarbonate in the sterilized disposable parts used with the system. (Photograph courtesy of Merz.)

Anaheim, Calif., February 7, 2018 — Chemical resistance and flame retardancy are key factors in material selection for medical equipment housings. Covestro offers a range of medical-grade materials that help today’s medical device manufacturers meet physical, chemical and environmental requirements.

Makroblend® M4000 FR PC+PBT blend offers flame retardancy of V-0 at 2.0 mm and 5VA at 3.0 mm and has superior chemical resistance. The material is appropriate for skin contact applications and is biocompatible according to ISO 10993-5 (Cytotoxicity) and ISO10993-10 (Irritation and Sensitization). Other advantages include high toughness, reduced susceptibility to stress cracking, good flowability and high tensile modulus.

Due to these outstanding properties, Merz (http://www.merz.com), a global aesthetics and neurotoxin company headquartered in Frankfurt, Germany, selected Makroblend® M4000 FR PC+PBT blend from Covestro for the housing of the motor module of its Cellfina® System. The Cellfina® System is the only FDA-cleared, minimally invasive procedure shown to improve the appearance of cellulite for up to three years.

“We worked closely with Merz to select high-quality, proven materials for the Cellfina® System by providing chemical data, test plaques and custom color matching,” explains Richard Aldrich, business development manager – Southwest region, Polycarbonates, Covestro LLC. “The motor module is disinfected between uses with aggressive disinfectant wipes and needed the superior chemical resistance provided by Makroblend® M4000 FR PC+PBT blend. This combined with the flame retardance of the material made it a superior choice for the product.”

The Cellfina® System also features Makrolon® 2458 polycarbonate in the sterilized disposable parts used with the system. Makrolon® 2458 polycarbonate is ideal for medical devices as it is biocompatible according to many ISO 10993-1 test requirements. The lightweight material has easy-release properties and low viscosity for ease of processing.

Both Makroblend® M4000 FR PC+PBT blend and Makrolon® 2458 polycarbonate are durable enough to protect the device’s electronic components, yet are still aesthetically pleasing.

“Our role showcases commitment from Covestro to provide innovative solutions and technical support that meet the rigorous needs of the medical device industry,” says Lauren Zetts, North America market manager, Medical and Consumer Products – Polycarbonates, Covestro LLC.

Attendees at MD&M West Conference and Exposition (mdmwest.mddionline.com), Feb. 6-8, in Anaheim, California, can visit the company’s booth (#2221) for more details about medical applications and materials from Covestro.

About Covestro LLC:

Covestro LLC is one of the leading producers of high-performance polymers in North America and is part of the global Covestro business, which is among the world’s largest polymer companies with 2016 sales of EUR 11.9 billion. Business activities are focused on the manufacture of high-tech polymer materials and the development of innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, construction, wood processing and furniture, electrical and electronics, and medical industries. Other sectors include sports and leisure, cosmetics and the chemical industry itself. Covestro has 30 production sites worldwide and employed approximately 15,600 people at the end of 2016.

Find more information at www.covestro.us or www.solutions.covestro.com/en/materials/plastics.

Makroblend® and Makrolon® are registered trademarks of Covestro Group.

Covestro Contact:

John Skabardonis, Phone: +1 412 413 5444

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