Silicone adds resilience to medical connectors’ resilience
Applications in medical technology have to meet special hygienic and mechanical requirements, said ODU, introducing its silicone-moulded system models. The non-stick surface and properties are easy to clean, sterilise using steam and are flexible. They are also insensitive to extreme temperatures and tested according to DIN EN ISO 10993-5. This makes them a hygienic and robust solution for insertion in everyday medical use, said the company.
The company offers individual silicone-moulded system solutions consisting of connectors, overmoulding as well as cables as qualified cable assemblies while optionally providing laser markings in accordance with unique device identification (UDI).
The tools developed and manufactured at ODU for straight or angled designs are designed (depending on the application) for samples, small series or large series production.
To meet the medical sector’s special hygienic and mechanical requirements, the contact specialist’s silicone overmoulding connects the ODU connector to the certified silicone cable. The silicone overmouldings are easy to clean, flexible, insensitive to extreme temperatures and cannot be peeled off or detached even after the required autoclaving cycles (steam sterilisation at up to 134 degrees C and 3,040mbar).
Testing to DIN EN ISO 10993-5 for cytotoxicity testing (outgassing) is confirmed by an external testing laboratory. Silicone overmoulding enables a tight yet flexible connection of cables to the connector with kink protection according to DIN EN ISO 61010-031. It also increases strain relief and can be adapted to the specific material properties of the silicone cable. The ODU silicone portfolio includes numerous silicone cables from qualified suppliers and includes the required certifications as well as further inspections regarding surface condition, adhesion and cleaning so that no further certification procedures are required on the customer side. ODU can offer the cable assemblies in small quantities and in varying lengths.
The silicone over-moulded systems can be seen at Compamed in Dusseldorf 13 to 16 November. ODU’s stand is in Hall 8A P19.