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S+P Samson Selects Solvay's Radel® PPSU Film to Develop Structobond® Labels

Published on 2015-06-17. Author : SpecialChem

ALPHARETTA, Ga -- Solvay Specialty Polymers, a leading global supplier of high-performance thermoplastics, announced at MD&M East 2015 that S+P Samson GmbH, an innovator of specialty labels for industrial applications, selected Radel® polyphenylsulfone (PPSU) film for the inlay of its ground-breaking new Structobond® labels for medical instrument and device applications. Sandwiched between layers of S+P Samson’s advanced epoxy materials, the thin but tough ribbons of Radel® PPSU from Ajedium™ Films, the film division of Solvay Specialty Polymers, deliver exceptional steam and gamma sterilization compatibility, strong chemical resistance and high contrast for imprinted data used for improved product identification and traceability of surgical instruments.

“Our patented, adhesive Structobond® labels represent a more durable, cost effective and higher contrast instrument labeling technique than conventional solutions, such as laser marking, engraving or etching,”said Karl Tochtermann, managing director of S+P Samson GmbH in Kissing, Germany. “The technology is currently being tested in the European market, and so far the reaction has been extremely positive among instrument manufacturers and end-users alike.”

S+P Samson developed its cutting-edge medical device labels to address the industry’s growing need for improved identification and management of surgical instruments in the operating theater. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), for example, is proposing new regulations that will require hospitals to institute more stringent tracking and identification systems over the next two years. In addition to offering an economical solution, S+P Samson’s extremely durable labels enable broader options for more detailed and higher contrast images and data.

To create the labels, Solvay’s 25-µm-thick Radel® PPSU film is first marked with a dot matrix code, color or other data through a high-contrast, digital thermal transfer printing process. S+P Samson then encapsulates the PPSU film between two layers of its Structobond® epoxy resin system, which S+P Samson developed in partnership with Germany-based Lohmann GmbH & Co KG. The bottom layer forms a strong bond between any type of media, including metal, PPSU and coated surfaces. The 5-mm by 5-mm (0.2-in by 0.2-in) PPSU film is then laminated with a top layer of the Structobond® epoxy. After the curing process the top layer protects the printed data.

On its own, Radel® PPSU film can withstand repeated chemical disinfection and over 1,000 autoclave steam sterilization cycles while maintaining excellent toughness and impact resistance. Recent tests targeting the polymer’s performance in S+P Samson’s medical application indicate that the three-layer construction withstood more than 700 autoclave cycles with no delamination. The cycles include disinfection using acid and alkaline sterilants, ultrasonic cleaning and temperatures up to 134°C (273°F) at a pressure of 2 bar. Solvay’s high-performance thermoplastic film also provides critical tear propagation performance up to 130 G force (1.275 N).

“The broad selection of high-performance polymer films in Solvay’s Ajedium™ Films product family offered a wide range of widths and tolerance control to help S+P Samson quickly find the optimal solution for its innovative new medical labels,”said Maria Gallahue, global business development manager for Healthcare at Solvay. “This application is emblematic of how Solvay’s materials and collaborative expertise help customers develop differentiated new solutions for emerging applications and compete more effectively in their target market.”

To support its technology’s success in medical markets, S+P Samson recently established a new company named Clinic-ID GmbH, which is working closely with medical device manufacturers and full solution providers serving central sterile service departments in medical centers and hospitals. Through Clinic-ID, S+P Samson will introduce its advanced new medical device labels to the European market, primarily in Germany. It is planning to expand availability of its technology to the U.S. and other key global regions over the next year.

Solvay Specialty Polymers is a global leader in the development of sulfone polymer technology, launching Udel® polysulfone 50 years ago. In addition, Solvay’s experience as a reliable materials supplier in the healthcare field spans more than 25 years. The company is a leading manufacturer of healthcare polymers, offering a broad range of high-performance medical-grade polymers for devices, instruments, and equipment. Solvay also offers a family of Solviva® Biomaterials for use in a range of implantable devices.

Structobond® is a registered trademark of S+P Samson GmbH

About S+P Samson GmbH

S+P Samson GmbH has been specializing in solutions for the metal industry for over 35 years. Trained consultants will assist you in the analysis of your requirement profile and in the selection of materials. Continuous development and the incorporation of new technologies ensure innovative products and solutions.

As an international chemical group, SOLVAY assists industries in finding and implementing ever more responsible and value-creating solutions. Solvay generates 90% of its net sales in activities where it is among the world's top three players. It serves many markets, varying from energy and the environment to automotive and aeronautics or electricity and electronics, with one goal: to raise the performance of its clients and improve society's quality of life. The group is headquartered in Brussels, employs about 26,000 people in 52 countries and generated 10.2 billion euros in net sales in 2014. Solvay SA (SOLB.BE) is listed on EURONEXT Brussels and EURONEXT Paris (Bloomberg: SOLB:BB - Reuters: SOLB.BR).

Source: SOLVAY

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