Thought Leadership

For over almost 50 years the Spectrum Plastics Group has been developing medical plastic solutions across a variety of medical device and therapeutic applications.  This experience has provided a broad perspective on the specialty plastics industry.  A perspective that has helped to condition leadership as well as innovative breakthroughs in our markets.  And also the trust and confidence of our customers.  Spectrum Plastics Group is sure to be your Trusted Advisor for medical plastics solutions. 

Let's Talk about Peek and Crystallinity

PEEK is finding its way into more and more medical applications as a replacement to legacy materials such as stainless steel and PTFE, providing a higher strength option over more common catheter and engineered polymers. While PEEK offers many benefits over traditional materials, it requires special machinery and processing expertise to optimize its properties and ensure peak performance of extruded parts. Its level of crystallinity is one of its most challenging and least understood characteristics.

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The Science of Multi-Layer Extruded Tubing and Medical Devices Incorporating such Tubing

Multi-layer extrusion technology is a process in which two or more polymers are extruded and simultaneously joined in a co-extrusion die head to form tubing with multiple layers. Running two or three extruders into a co-extrusion die head produces a single, multi-layered, extruded tube from a combination of materials with different physical properties, friction coefficients and bonding characteristics.  In this article we will discuss multi-layer coextrusion of dissimilar and similar polymers.

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How to Choose the Ideal Ultra Engineering Polymer for Your Extruded Medical Application

Detailing some of the more common high heat polymers, their potential applications, positive attributes and limitations. 

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Peek and Medical Tubing: Here's What You Need to Know

To achieve the highest-performing extrusion, both the component designer and the extruder must understand the many aspects of a medical tubing material such as polyetheretherketone (PEEK).

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Top 5 Things to Consider When Selecting a Medical Injection Molder

The North American injection molding industry has passed through a number of challenges and changes in the last decade and a half. Obviously, as across the entire Plastics Industry landscape much less all of North American manufacturing, the 2008/2009 financial crisis period played a – if not the most – dramatic role in shaping the profile of the industry today.

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Forming the Spectrum Plastics Group

The merger of Pexco and Kelpac Medical alters the medical plastics landscape.