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Materials
Specialized material options to meet product specifications
Materials Main
Foams
  • Cellular Urethane
    • Excellent resistance to compression set, which enables durable, long-term performance for gasketing, sealing and cushioning. 
    • Low outgassing, non-fogging, and contains no plasticizers or residual chemicals to contaminate the device.  Urethane will not become brittle and is non-corrosive to metal. 
    • Flame retardant without the use of additives.  Materials can be found to meet flammability requirements of UL HBF and MVSS 302 
    • Engineered urethane formulations offer a wide modulus range for versatility requirements 
    • Excellent performance over broad temperature ranges (-40 - 90 degrees C)  Good chemical resistance
    • Easy to fabricate, die cuts cleanly and readily accepts adhesive without surface preparation.
  • EPDM/Caulking Sponge
    • Flexibility in a wide variety of variety of temperatures (from 40 degrees F to 175 degrees F) enabling it to be installed year round.
    • Non-crystalline material and contains no plasticizers that can migrate and lead to premature membrane failure causing brittleness with aging.
    • Foam of EPDM synthetic rubber mixture with semi-closed cells can be formulated in a variety of combinations with other polymer modifiers.
    • Easy to fabricate, die cuts cleanly and readily accepts adhesive without surface preparation.
  • Polyurethane
    • Wide range of flexibility and rigidity
    • Used for insulation
    • Thermoplastic polyurethane are commonly used in medical devices
    • Flexible polyurethane is sometimes used in automotive interiors
    • Polyurethanes lend themselves well to die cutting
  • Butyl
    • A “two-in-one” foam that combines extruded PVC with a butyl covering to provide an aggressive seal and fills small voids
    • Low permeability to gasses and moisture
    • Inert to chemicals
    • Resistant to heat, ozone and UV light
    • This material is popular as “body mounts” in automotive applications
  • XLPE or Cross-linked polyethylene
    • Closed-cell, inert, stable and lightweight
    • Easy to die cut
    • Cost-effective solution to many cushioning and sealing needs
    • Improved barrier qualities: thermal insulation and water permeation
    • Low outgassing if punctured and compressed (the gas given off is air)
    • Will not promote the growth of bacteria or fungus
    • Exposure of XLPE to salt water will have little, if any, effect on its properties
  • Neoprene
    • Chemical inertness makes it viable for industrial applications such as gaskets or car fan belts
    • A good base for rubber based adhesives
    • Widely used for noise isolation
  • PVC
    • Widely used in the medical industry as materials for orthopedic and prosthetic softgoods, custom orthotics, padding and other biomechanical supports
    • For the automotive industry, PVC is used in steering wheels, soft touch dash board panels, door panels and roof liners. 
  • Polyolefin
    • Offers increased softness
    • Lends well to die cutting
    • Cost-effective solution to many foam and cushioning needs
    • Closed-cell structure affords improved water resistance, stability and inertness
  • Silicone
    • Maintains its flexibility across a very wide temperature range
    • A good electrical insulator
Solid Elastomers
  • Santoprene
    • Commonly used in the appliance, automotive, construction, consumer goods, electrical, fluid delivery and medical industries
    • Offers chemical resistance equivalent to that of Neoprene’s (a wide variety)
    • Will swell in aromatic and halogenated organic solvents
    • High polar fluids have little effect upon Santoprene
  • Silicone
    • Wide temperature range (-100 to 550 degrees fahrenheit)
    • Good chemical and moisture resistance
    • Good durability and compression capabilities
    • Material is commonly made into gaskets, stoppers, shielding, cushioning, shims and insulation for the industrial markets
    • Common solution to demanding applications involving heat, chemicals, compression and stability
    • Durability and dimensional stability are excellent
Flexible/Rigid Plastics
  • ABS
    • Tough and impact resistant
    • Good for small appliance housing
  • HDPE (High Density Polyethylene)
    • Comes in a variety of thicknesses, formats, translucencies and weights
    • Known for its high impact strength, electrical insulation, flexibility, flame retardency, weather resistancy
    • Has a very low coefficient of friction and wear resistancy
    • Most commonly used at PDCI Medical for the customized die-cut card within SurgPack (TM)
    • Easy to die cut, score and print
    • Virgin and regrind grades both available
    • A common “in stock” item for PDCI Medical
  • Polycarbonate
    • Excellent clarity and impact strength over a wide temperature range
    • Can be used for indoor and outdoor applications
    • Is rated for flammability
    • Comes in a variety of thicknesses and translucencies
  • Polyimide/Polyamide
    • A wide range of temperatures
    • Contains its tensile strength, shape and stiffness
    • Common applications include gasketing and heat sinks for electronics, thermal fixtures, valve seats and wear pads
    • Reinforced with 30% glass for superior strength
    • Commonly used in severe weather applications
  • Polypropylene
    • Low-cost
    • Non-toxic
    • Hard, smooth surface prevents bacteria build-up
    • Chemically resistant
    • Also comes flame-retardant, if specified
    • Can be used interchangeably with HDPE in some applications
  • Polystyrene
    • Easy to die cut
    • Low cost plastic
    • Good stiffness-strength balance
    • Commonly used as adhesive “backing cards” for the diagnostic research tests
    • Good for small appliance housing
  • Polysulfone
    • Excellent resistance to chemicals, hot water and steam
    • A favorite in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and food-service applications
    • Is rated for flammability
Pressure Sensitive Adhesive (PSA)
  • Acrylic Adhesives
    • More versatile than rubber-based systems
    • Is UV stable with higher temperature performance
    • Good-to-excellent chemical resistance
    • Acrylics go through a 24 hour cure cycle or “wet-out” period where over time, the bond continues to improve. 
    • Offers a longer shelf life than rubber adhesives
  • Rubber Adhesives
    • Typically offers the most aggressive adhesion in the shortest amount of time
    • Best used in ambient, indoor applications due to susceptibility to UV and elevated temperatures
    • Will work with a variety of substrates and satisfy most adhesion requirements
  • Butyl Adhesives
    • Works best with wood or metal surfaces
  • Transfer Adhesives
    • Minimal thickness due to lack of supportive carrier material
    • Superior conformability to irregular surfaces for applications such as test strips, surgical drapes and medical packaging
    • If desired, these tapes can be pattern-coated for ease of slitting and processing
  • Double Coated Adhesives
    • Utilizes a double coated carrier (typically made out of film, tissue, non-woven, foam) which offers ease of handling and slitting
    • Can serve to reduce overlamination on porous materials
    • Ability to use different adhesives on each side (i.e. permanent and removable on same structure for suture clip holders and instrument holding devices)
  • Hydrocolloids
    • Ideal for ostomy and wound care applications
    • Conformable and comfortable
    • Low adhesion rate makes hydrocolloid optimal for skin-contact applications
  • Hydrogels
    • Jelly-like substance can be used as a conductive medium for defibrillators
    • Hydrogels can be custom formulated to be used in conjunction with medications and analgesic materials
    • Excellent cooling mechanism for burn wounds
Paper & Cellulose
  • Fische/Fish Paper
    • Material of choice for electrical insulation to isolate electrical currents from metal enclosures
    • Excellent electric tracking resistance
    • Superior heat resistance
    • Common applications vary from electrical appliances/instruments, automotive washers, electrical insulation and devices, gaskets, circuit breakers and bushings for motor contacts and lightning arresters.
  • Glass Filled Fibers
    • Used to increase stiffness
    • Can be used with a toughener to equalize the elongation and impact strength that is lost when glass-filling occurs.
  • Vulcanized Fibre
    • Hard, chemically pure cellulose product containing no resins or bonding agents
    • Commonly used as washers, insulating plates, switch and appliance insultation, gaskets, electric motor insulation, circuit breakers, automobile parts, patterns and many other application
    • High mechanical strength
    • Light-weight
    • Resistance to wide range of temperatures
    • Good arc resistance, electrical properties
    • Great for die-cutting
    • UL recognized
    • Special grades: bright white, flame retardant and homogeneous
Fiber
  • Felt
    • Commonly used for vibration absorption, noise reduction, bearing strength, sealing, wicking and many other applications.
  • Non-woven
    • Flat and porous
    • Good for applications where absorbency is required
    • Good resilience, stretch, softness, strength, flame retardancy, washability, cushioning, filtering, bacterial barrer and sterility.
    • Mimics the appearance, texture and strength of a woven fabric and can be as bulky as the thickest paddings.
    • Can be used alone as components of health care, engineering, industrial and consumer goods
  • Shoddy Pads
    • Used in the automotive industry as floor carpet or insulation for interior trim on the dash liner, door panels, trunk, etc.
Fabrics
  • Felt
    • Commonly used for vibration absorption, noise reduction, bearing strength, sealing, wicking and many other applications.
  • Non-woven
    • Flat and porous
    • Good for applications where absorbency is required
    • Good resilience, stretch, softness, strength, flame retardancy, washability, cushioning, filtering, bacterial barrer and sterility.
    • Mimics the appearance, texture and strength of a woven fabric and can be as bulky as the thickest paddings.
    • Can be used alone as components of health care, engineering, industrial and consumer goods
  • Shoddy Pads
    • Used in the automotive industry as floor carpet or insulation for interior trim on the dash liner, door panels, trunk, etc.
PDCI Quick Facts
  • Location: CA, KY
  • Established in: 1989
  • Delivering Products to: North & Latin America, Europe, and Asia
  • Facility Size: 80,000 ft2 Combined
  • Cleanroom Class 10K/ISO 7 with RH Controlled Dry Room: 4,000ft2
 
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