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Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics’ Healthcare Markets business unit is set to introduce a silicone tubing technology for medical applications at MD&M East 2012, which is due to be held in Philadelphia on 22–24 May.

The new technology is designed to provide customers with excellent quality control through real-time manufacturing metrics and good performance.

According to Robert D Schwenker, business manager of the Healthcare Markets division, the silicone tubing ensures tight tolerances and consistent performance over time.

Key information

  • The technology features a new extrusion process that enables Saint-Gobain to constantly access in-process dimensional data about its tubing solutions, ensuring product consistency for medical applications.
  • The company will also leverage its custom material compounding capability with the extrusion process to specially engineer materials that meet customers’ exact performance needs.
  • Saint-Gobain can fine-tune silicone material properties, including tear strength, compression set, tensile/elongation, modulus and durometer.

Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Rencol

With 15 sites and six R&D centres globally, we at the Bearings and Tolerance Rings Group, a division of Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics, provide ‘engineer-to-engineer solutions-in-motion’ to high-volume international OEMs in the automotive, leisure, energy, industrial, and other markets. Backed by a heritage of product innovation, technology, advanced materials and market leadership, we are dedicated to working with customers using their extensive engineering expertise to deliver standard and custom solutions in NORGLIDE® bearings, RENCOL® tolerance rings, SOLGLIDE® bearings, JOINSHIM® rings, and NORSLIDE® cable liners that meet the most demanding applications.

The Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics, Bearings and Tolerance Rings Group provides product expertise to six key markets:

  • Automotive (steering systems, powertrain, electric motors, seats and hinges)
  • Bicycles 
  • Solar 
  • Appliances 
  • Industrial valves 
  • Hard disk drives 

Saint-Gobain is a global leader in the design, production and distribution of innovative, high-performance materials for industry and employs more than 195,000 people. With operations in more than 64 countries, Saint-Gobain is the 60th largest employer and among the top 50 global industrial companies worldwide. Saint-Gobain is listed on the stock exchanges of Paris, London, Frankfurt, Zurich, Brussels and Amsterdam. Saint-Gobain’s global strategy is focused around three core markets: 

  • Construction products
  • Innovative materials
  • Building distribution

The company is committed to playing a leading role in developing energy efficient innovations for the housing and construction sectors, protecting the environment, and managing growth in a sustainable fashion.

Saint-Gobain maintains 12 research centres and 101 development units and invests more than €400m in R&D. Saint-Gobain has been at the forefront of innovation for more than 300 years. Last year, Saint-Gobain achieved global sales of almost €42.1bn.

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