Solvay’s Radel, a Solution for Metal Replacement in Health Care

July 13 2020

Medical devices and accessories are lighter, and easier to customize and clean when they’re made of plastic instead of metal. So for the healthcare industry, Solvay’s Radel PPSU is ready to serve.

For the past 30 years, lightweight materials have been increasingly adopted in the medical world – particularly one specific plastic: Radel polyphenylsulfone (PPSU), a sulfone polymer produced by Solvay.
The rationale for switching to plastic is well established and similar to the one for other categories of medical devices (such as long-term implants). The arguments are chiefly lightweighting and design flexibility, but one additional aspect is crucial when it comes to reusable medical instruments: resistance to sterilization. Radel PPSU is a remarkably strong polymer. For example, objects made with it can be steam-sterilized over 1,000 times without losing their properties.

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