Webinars

Webinars offered by Saint-Gobain experts are recorded, offering you a convenient resource when you need it. Our presentations cover a variety of topics of significance to the medical device industry.

Non-DEHP Materials: A Technical Review of Non-DEHP and Phthalate Free Materials for Medical Applications

Presented by: Mark Colton, Product Development Manager, Fluid Systems R&D

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Medical OEM's are continually challenged with ever-changing regulatory issues regarding material selection. One of the most widely used plasticizers for PVC, DEHP has received much criticism for its possible adverse effects on human health and the environment. Recent regulations in the U.S. and Europe have banned DEHP for use in certain applications and could possibly affect the medical industry in the near future.

Mark Colton from Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics presents a technical review on the key issues involved in selecting a non-DEHP alternative material.

The course covers:

  • An overview of PVC and other plasticizers
  • Discussion of regulations currently affecting DEHP use
  • Review of non-DEHP alternatives including testing data
  • Summary of potential DEHP alternative and suggestions
  • Live question/answer session with presenters

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The Effects of Sterilization on the Mechanical Properties of Silicone Rubber

Presented by: Michael Tzivanis, R&D Group Leader

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Silicone is the elastomer of choice for medical applications. A number of different techniques are currently used for medical device sterilization, but which method has the least impact on the mechanical properties of silicone?

Michael Tzivanis from Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics presents information on three common sterilization methods and their effect on silicone in the medical device industry. 

Michael will cover:

  • An overview of silicone rubber and its use in the medical industry
  • Common sterilization methods and their effect on silicone
  • Effect of gamma irradiation
  • Effect of e-beam irradiation
  • Effect of ethylene oxide (EtO) sterilization
  • Conclusion and recommendation

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Micromolding: Materials, Manufacturing and Applications in the Medical Device Market

Presented by: Jeffery P. LeFan, Applications Engineer

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At a time when a growing percentage of the world's population is aging, medical device professionals face a greater need to develop medical devices that will offer increased options for minimally invasive surgical procedures. Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics' proprietary micromolding process fits the trend of making things smaller by producing parts as small as 0.001 g.

Jeffery P. LeFan will discuss Silicone Micromolding in the Medical Device Market.

This course features:

  • Definition of Silicone Micromolding
  • Opportunities to provide state-of-the-art components to customers
  • Material advantages of using Silicone Micromolding components
  • Process overview
  • Mold and parts design
  • Applications for Silicone Micromolding
  • Conclusion with questions and answers from webinar participants

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Aaron Updegrove, Marketing Manager, discusses Silicone Micromolding with Engineering TV

Presented by: Aaron Updegrove, Marketing Manager

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Learn how Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics continues to expand its capabilities in servicing minimally invasive surgical procedures by shrinking the functional attributes of surgical components through Silicone Micromolding. This technology results in faster recovery times, shorter hospital stays, less scarring and less pain.

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Two-Shot Silicone and Thermoplastic Molding: The Innovative Cost-Saving Solution for Medical OEM's

Presented by: Chuck Klann, Engineering Manager, Fluid Systems

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Medical device designers face growing pressure to create innovative designs and maintain the highest quality over a product's lifecycle, while meeting demands to design for lower cost manufacturing. Recognizing that this is a challenge, Saint-Gobain offers the cost savings and benefits of two-shot molding technology. Our engineering team explains how this process innovation can provide cost savings, increased design freedom, and the quality and performance you demand.

Presenting: Charles Klann, Engineering Manager, Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics. Charles earned his Bachelor of Science degree in manufacturing engineering from the University of Wisconsin - Stout and has been with Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics for 12 years. He has more than 20 years experience in both thermoplastic and silicone processing and tooling design. Charles has done extensive research on two-shot silicone and thermoplastic molding and been a key contributor to the development of this unique cost-saving solution for medical device components.

The course will cover:

  • Overview: Saint-Gobain Corporation and Two-Shot Silicone-Thermoplastic Molding
  • Benefits: Summary of the Two-Shot Process
  • Materials: Self-Bonding Silicone and Adhesion to Thermoplastics in Two-Shot Components
  • Process: Determining the Process Window for Two-Shot Molding
  • Mold & Part Design: Considerations for the Two-Shot Process

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