6. Covestro: Polycarbonate enabling better ventilators
Transparent Makrolon 2858 polycarbonate from Covestro (Leverkusen, Germany) played an important role supporting a slim, low-profile design for Breathe Technologies’s Breathe Pillow Interface. The interface is used in both of Breathe Technologies’s portable wearable ventilation systems – the Non-Invasive Open Ventilation (NIOV) device and the Life2000h ventilator for life-support patients.
Breathe Technologies also used the Covestro polycarbonate in the Pillow Interface Sizing Gauge, a feature in the latest generation of the NIOV and Life2000h ventilation systems that helps patients determine the interface size with the most effective and comfortable fit.
Breathe Technologies carefully considers the materials it uses in its ventilation systems, according to Larry Mastrovich, president and CEO. “Our company is committed to bringing the highest-quality devices to market so we chose durable, lightweight and long-lasting materials for all of our products,” said Larry Mastrovich, Breathe Technologies’s president and CEO.
Covestro touts Makrolon 2858 polycarbonate as a medium-viscosity resin that features easy release from the mold. The material is acceptable for ETO and steam sterilization at 121 °C, and it is biocompatible according to many ISO 10993-1 test requirements.