Conclusions

When produced in accordance with a robust quality management system, silicone alternatives can deliver impressive advantages in life span performance as well as short and long-term costs.

Silicone has been the traditional choice in medical cable jacketing and other life science manufacturing applications. While the material will almost certainly continue in popularity for the next several years, groundbreaking technology is surfacing that would allow for game-changing silicone alternatives that preserve silicone’s biocompatibility and improve upon sterilization tolerance, resistance to damage and environmental factors, flexibility, and life span.

Medical device manufacturers who consult silicone alternative suppliers are likely to find that, on top of performance enhancements, these materials also come with savings in cost and time. In a world as fast-paced and demanding as medical manufacturing, more product designers and engineers than ever see the need to leverage these pioneering solutions to produce the next generation of life science technology.

This article was written by Kevin DePratter, PMP®, Director of R&D at Northwire, Inc., Osceola, WI. For more information, Click Here .