HFC-39 couplings are made entirely of medical grade materials that meet USP Class VI standards, and will withstand up to 25 autoclave cycles, EtO, Gamma, or E-beam sterilization
"A number of new devices are also too sensitive to handle gamma irradiation, so we have developed methods to trick the material by freezing or refrigerating the product, or giving it half a dose of radiation, letting it relax back to its steady state, and then delivering the second dose," said Larry Nichols, CEO of Steri-Tek, a Fremont, Calif.-based provider of E-beam sterilization
and X-ray irradiation for complex medical devices and sensitive materials.
There's hundreds of steps that happen inside the chamber for ethylene oxide sterilization," explained Patrick Hughes, senior vice president of global sales and marketing for the Deerfield, 111.-based provider of contract EO, gamma and e-beam sterilization
services for the medical device and pharmaceutical industries.
Aside from contributing to the precision and efficiency of the harmonic scalpel, the Seals Group has also provided other sustainable polymer solutions in the Life Sciences industry through its Meldin[R] 7000 and Meldin[R] HT product lines that are suitable for gamma and e-beam sterilization
. Another example of a surgical tool application is the use of their OmniSeal[R] spring-energized seals and Meldin[R] injection molded PEEK bearings in a groundbreaking powered stapling system, the only full-powered, reusable, battery operated endoscopic stapler in the world.