Medical Foam Fabrication

Medical foam for packaging and device assembly.

When it comes to packaging medical devices and equipment, one material stands out as a reliable and versatile choice: medical foam. Medical packaging requires a unique set of characteristics to ensure the safety and integrity of the contents. Medical foam can often meet those needs.

Our medical foam packaging capabilities include:

Closed-cell cross-linked polyethylene foam: This type of foam is made from a polyethylene polymer that has been cross-linked to create a closed-cell structure. This means that each cell in the foam is sealed and isolated from the others, creating a more dense and rigid material. The cross-linking process also makes the foam more resistant to chemicals and water, and it can withstand higher temperatures than non-cross-linked foams.

Microcellular urethane foam: Microcellular urethane foam is a type of open-celled foam made from a urethane polymer. It is created by blowing gas bubbles into the liquid urethane mixture during the manufacturing process, which creates small cells throughout the material. The resulting foam is lightweight, flexible, and has good cushioning properties.

Open-cell polyurethane foam: Open-cell polyurethane foam is similar to microcellular urethane foam, but it has larger cells and is less dense. It is also made from a urethane polymer, but the cells are not sealed like they are in closed-cell foams. Instead, the cells are open and connected to each other, giving the foam a more spongy texture.

Non-cross linked foam: Non-cross linked foam is a type of foam that has not undergone a cross-linking process. This means that the molecules in the foam are not chemically bonded together. The result is a low density and light-weight product.

These foam characteristics make it a great material for medical packaging applications:

Excellent shock absorption: Closed-cell polyethylene foam is renowned for its exceptional cushioning and shock-absorbing properties.

Chemical resistance: Some types of medical foam are resistant to a wide range of chemicals, making it suitable for packaging medical devices that may come into contact with various substances during travel.

Customizable: Medical foam is easy to manipulate into the size and shape you need.

Cost-effective: Lightweight and durable, it’s an affordable packaging solution.

Compatibility: Ensure that the chosen material is compatible with the medical device it will house. Compatibility extends to both the physical and chemical properties to prevent any adverse reactions.

Sterility and cleanability: For medical packaging, the ability to maintain sterility is paramount. Some materials offer superior cleanability and can withstand sterilization processes.

Environmental impact: Assess the environmental impact of your chosen materials. Some types of medical foam are recyclable, making it an environmentally friendly choice.

Regulatory compliance: Ensure that the selected materials comply with relevant medical regulations and standards, such as ISO 13485 and FDA guidelines.

Here are a few examples of how medical foam is used in packaging and medical device assembly.

Orthopedic implants: This can include hip, knee and shoulder implants. Orthopedic implants are usually packaged in materials that are biocompatible and non-toxic, such as polyethylene foams.

Medical devices: Such as pacemakers, heart valves and drug delivery systems. Like orthopedic implants, the type of material used for packaging should be biocompatible and non-toxic.

We’re here to answer your questions about medical foam

Whether it’s a packaging solution or medical device assembly, Janco is here to help you select the foam medical packaging design to meet your needs. For 60 years, we’ve been a trusted partner of leading foam manufacturers. We can ensure our customers always have access to the best materials on the market.

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