Have you ever wondered about how fluoropolymer tubing is used in the medical device industry? Prabhat N. Shukla, Ph.D., President of Fluorotherm Polymers Inc., wrote about this subject a few years ago for a guest blog for Fluoropolymer Solutions, and the entire read is worth it if you have the time, but we wanted to take a second to give you a few points to keep in mind with special attention paid to PVDF tubing.
The key point that Dr. Shukla wanted to make was the PVDF tubing and other fluoropolymers have been replacing other plastics in medical devices in significant numbers over the past fifteen years or so. The reason for this is because they feature a wide temperature use, chemical inertness, biocompatibility, sterility, USP Class VI certification, and much more.
PVDF tubing has been used for a wide variety of applications in the medical device industry. For example, it is often used, along with PTFE, for filter membranes. PVDF has a high tensile strength and it features excellent permeation resistance to many fluids. It has a lower melting temperature than other fluoropolymers, which means it can be made into pipes, tubes, injection-molded parts, films, and other components you can find in various medical devices.
These are just some of the uses for PVDF and other fluoropolymers. The truth is that PVDF tubing and other fluoropolymers are replacing plastics in a variety of industries and applications. They are now used for everything from aerospace applications to automotive applications and even food processing applications. This is because more experts in various industries are beginning to see how diverse and dependable fluoropolymers can be. You should really check out the post we linked to above from Dr. Shukla to learn more about how they’re used in the medical device industry.