Walk-in bathtubs allow people with limited mobility to bathe themselves safely and independently. Typically, they’re used in hospitals, healthcare settings, retirement communities, and assisted living facilities. Unlike a traditional bathtub, a walk-in bathtub has a door on the front or side of the unit. This allows users to enter and exit the tub without having to lift their legs over the side. This reduces the chance of slip-and-fall injuries, and also supports wheelchair accessibility.
Walk-in bathtubs feature various door designs and come with various capabilities. Hydrotherapy options include whirlpools and adjustable bubble jets. Units with adjustable shower heads, integral handrails, LED lighting, and inside-the-tub seating are also available. Many walk-in bathtubs now include fast-draining capabilities so that users don’t need to remain in the unit for long periods of time while the bathtub empties. Product features vary, but all walk-in bathtubs need reliable rubber door seals. Continue reading Rubber Door Seals for Walk-In Bathtubs
Gensets or generating sets are designed to supply off-grid electricity. They usually consist of a diesel or gasoline-powered engine and an electrical generator (such as an alternator) that converts mechanical power into electricity. Some gensets, such as the ones that provide emergency backup power at hospitals and water treatment plants, are large and stationary. Others gensets are portable because they’re wheeled, or are mounted on wheeled trailers that are pulled by trucks or other motorized vehicles. Continue reading Gensets: Door Seals, Acoustic Insulation, and Rubber Bumpers
Learn how Elasto Proxy custom-fabricates seals and insulation for the stainless steel and food equipment industries. Our value-added solutions strengthen your manufacturing supply chain.
Elasto Proxy, an experienced provider of sealing and insulation solutions, strengthens supply chains in the stainless steel and food equipment industries. Through design assistance, compound selection, and custom-fabrication, we support projects from prototyping to production. Elasto Proxy also offers value-added solutions that speed installation and optimize inventory management. Our rubber and plastic parts arrive ready-to-install, and we can ship them on-demand or according to your sales forecast. Continue reading How Elasto Proxy Supports the Stainless Steel and Food Equipment Industries
Learn how Elasto Proxy fabricates custom seals and insulation for medical devices and equipment, and how our complete capabilities can strengthen your supply chain.
For over 25 years, Elasto Proxy has strengthened manufacturing supply chains by providing low-to-medium volumes of specialty seals and insulation. Through design assistance, compound selection, and custom fabrication, we support the medical and healthcare industries from prototyping to production. Elasto Proxy also offer solutions that speed installation and optimize inventory management, saving you time and money. Continue reading How Elasto Proxy Supports the Medical and Healthcare Industries
For fluorosilicone gaskets, manufacturers of pharmaceutical equipment choose Elasto Proxy.
The pharmaceutical industry uses solid dosage processing equipment to manufacture finished doses of medication in tablet or capsule form. Often, these solid doses are coated to mask the medicine’s taste or odor, protect the drug in the stomach, and to control its release profile. Tablet coating equipment rotates pills and ensures that coatings are applied evenly. This pharmaceutical equipment features stainless steel construction and includes components such as pumps, spray nozzles, and electric motors.
When a major manufacturer of solid dosage processing equipment needed to replace the door and side gaskets on a tablet coating machine, the company asked Elasto Proxy to supply the sealing solution. The manufacturer was refurbishing some used equipment, and needed two side gaskets and one door gasket rather than hundreds or even thousands of parts. Each of the bonded gaskets was thick and large, and the rubber that was required was fairly expensive. Elasto Proxy custom-fabricated a cost-effective solution that met all of the equipment manufacturer’s requirements. Continue reading Fluorosilicone Gaskets for Pharmaceutical Equipment
Elasto Proxy custom-fabricates silicone seals for medical devices and equipment. The high-purity elastomers that we use are platinum-cured and FDA, USP Class VI, and RoHS compliant.
Medical device makers and medical equipment manufacturers need silicone seals that are made from FDA, USP Class VI, and RoHS compliant materials. Elasto Proxy custom-fabricates medical grade seals from high-purity silicones that meet these requirements. Using water jet cutting, we convert sheets of medical silicones without expensive dies or tooling. We can also apply special pressure-sensitive adhesives (PSAs) such as cold seal formulations that form strong bonds at room temperature.
The high-purity silicones that Elasto Proxy custom-fabricates are available in durometers ranging from 10 to 80 (Shore A). These heat-cured elastomers are cost-effective, and come in continuous rolls and molded sheets that can be cut-to-size for maximum material yield. Importantly, Elasto Proxy custom-fabricates medical grade seals from platinum-cured silicones instead of from peroxide-cured ones. As a supplier to the medical equipment industry, compound selection is part of our application expertise.
Platinum Cured Silicones vs. Peroxide Cured Silicones
Curing or cross-linking forms silicone elastomers into solid materials. With medical silicones, the most common curing systems use either peroxide or platinum. The peroxide system is the oldest method, but it requires post-baking to remove volatile organic acids. By contrast, platinum curing doesn’t require post-curing since there are no by-products. Consequently, platinum-cured silicones have lower levels of extractables, chemical compounds that can migrate with elevated temperatures or surface exposure.
Platinum curing also offers greater control over cure rates and crosslinking. This means that platinum-cured silicones are more consistent in terms of appearance, an important consideration for silicone parts that are visible to buyers of medical devices and equipment. Although platinum-cured silicones are normally translucent, Elasto Proxy can source materials that are colored with FDA compliant pigments. Examples of these custom colors include gray, white, red, plumb, olive drab, and salmon.
FDA, USP Class VI, and RoHS Compliant Silicones
Medical grade silicones are available from numerous suppliers, but the term “medical grade” doesn’t necessarily mean “FDA compliant”. As an experienced provider of sealing solutions, Elasto Proxy understands that in order for a medical silicone to be FDA compliant, all of the ingredients within that silicone must comply with U.S. Food and Drug Agency (FDA) standards. FDA CFR 177.2600, part of the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations (FDA) covers allowable materials, including base elastomers and additives.
The medical silicones that Elasto Proxy converts aren’t just FDA compliant, however. They also meet USP Class VI requirements for the biocompatibility of materials used in medical devices and equipment. Part of the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP), USP Class VI is one of the most stringent requirements in medical device manufacturing. The FDA and USP Class VI compliant silicones that we custom-fabricate also comply with the European Union’s Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive 2002/95/E.
From Compound Selection to Custom Fabrication
Elasto Proxy supports your medical device and medical equipment projects from compound selection to custom fabrication. This table describes the platinum-cured, high-purity silicones that we custom-fabricate.
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For over 25 years, Elasto Proxy has supplied low-to-medium volume quantities of rubber and plastic parts that meet demanding requirements. Examples include silicone seals for walk-in bathtubs, foam handles for patient lifts, and molded plastic parts for hospital beds. How can we help you? To learn more about high-purity silicone seals for medical devices and medical equipment, please contact us.
Elasto Proxy provides rubber seals, foam handles, and plastic parts to manufacturers of hospital room equipment. Water jet cutting is ideal for polymers and elastomers in low-to-medium volume quantities.
Hospital patients with limited mobility face a variety of challenges. Routine tasks such as sitting up, getting out of bed, and bathing may require assistance from nurses or other hospital staff. Patient lifts and walk-in tubs support medical care, but hospital room equipment must be safe and reliable. Medical technology can help a 120-lb. nurse move or bathe a 300-lb. patient, but only with the right equipment design and high-quality components.
For manufacturers of hospital room equipment, implementing a strong product design means choosing a component supplier with care. Elasto Proxy, an experienced provider of low-to-medium volume quantities of rubber seals and plastic parts, supports your equipment designs through high-quality custom fabrication. That’s why manufacturers of walk-in tubs and patient lifts depend on us for safe, reliable parts. As the following examples show, Elasto Proxy is ready to meet your requirements. Continue reading Custom-Fabricated Parts for Hospital Room Equipment
In this case study, you’ll learn how Elasto Proxy helped a manufacturer of hospital beds to reduce costs, promote patient safety, and meet regulatory requirements. By applying the power of our supply chain strength, Elasto Proxy provides plastic parts that replace metal ones.
Hospitals need to deliver high-quality healthcare while containing medical costs and meeting regulatory demands. For manufacturers of medical equipment, earning the trust of hospital administrators means meeting all of these requirements. This is especially true for hospital bed manufacturers, whose highly-engineered products are used by patients throughout their hospital stays.
Today’s hospital beds contain precise parts made of various materials. Metal parts are more expensive than plastic ones, and may be subject to corrosion. Metal components are also heavier, which increases product weight and shipping costs. Many hospital bed manufacturers would like to replace metal parts with plastic ones, but only if the new parts meet existing requirements for cost, quality, and compliance. Continue reading Plastic Parts for Hospital Beds Cut Costs, Promote Safety, Ensure Compliance
Technical buyers and product designers have a choice of materials for heat sink gaskets. Learn about the advantages of thermally-conducive silicone coated fabrics, and how Elasto Proxy creates custom solutions for thermal management challenges.
Computers, telecommunications equipment, and electronic devices generate significant amounts of heat. Unless this heat is dissipated, component damage and system failure can result. By establishing an effective thermal path between a heat-generating component and a metallic heat sink, thermal interface materials dissipate heat and support product life and performance. Some materials, such as thermally-conductive silicone fabrics, also provide properties that strengthen product designs. Continue reading Thermally-Conductive Silicone Coated Fabrics for Heat Sink Gaskets
Elasto Proxy converts plastic foam tapes into edging pads for optical laboratories. Learn how these custom-fabricated optical tapes protect lenses, and how to choose the right edging pads based on lens coatings and other criteria.
Optical laboratories cut, grind, and polish eyeglass lenses and other optical elements. They convert stock lenses or blanks into finished components that fit eyeglass frames and optical assemblies. At ophthalmic laboratories, optical technicians use cutting, grinding, and polishing machines to impart a precise shape to eyeglass lenses. During a process called edging, special blocking or edging pads are used to hold the lens firmly in place. These blocking pads are made of plastic foam tapes that Elasto Proxy can custom-fabricate. Continue reading Optical Tapes and Edging Pads for Lenses