The specialist for extrusion equipment Davis-Standard has partnered with compounder Teknor Apex to produce a medical tubing in a live demonstration of Industry 4.0 technology at NPE2018. Davis-Standard processed the parts from Medalist MD-12382, a translucent, kink-resistant, gamma-stable TPE compound, one of a series of translucent Medalist TPEs offered as an alternative to silicones for applications involving the transfer of drugs, proteins, bodily fluids, or blood.

Teknor Apex will also supply translucent colour concentrates for use with the compound. The production line at the Davis-Standard stand featured the company’s Thermatic extruder design and the DS eVUE II controller. According to Davis-Standard, the tubing line was a live demonstration of IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things or Industry 4.0 technology) showing the benefits of preventative and predictive maintenance as part of an international trend toward the so-called smart factory.

Teknor Apex produces Medalist compounds in ISO-13485 facilities in the USA and Singapore. All Medalist materials are made with FDA listed ingredients, are certified to ISO 10993-5 standards for biocompatibility, and are REACH SVHC compliant. They are free of DEHP and other phthalates, BPA, and latex. Standard grades are ADM-free.