Teleflex Medical OEM announced the addition of PEEK (polyether ether ketone) to its extensive portfolio of specialty materials for medical technology. PEEK’s incredible strength and outstanding mechanical properties combined with Teleflex Medical OEM’s vertically integrated product development and manufacturing capabilities opens up new options for the designers of medical devices.
PEEK is known throughout the medical device industry for its high tensile and column strength even though it is relatively lightweight. In fact, PEEK has one of the highest strength to weight ratios of any thermoplastic. The polymer is often utilized as a viable alternative for stainless steel and other metals in components for catheters used for coronary valve, stent, or graft delivery. In addition, PEEK has shown promise as a replacement for steel components used during many minimally invasive procedures.
PEEK also demonstrates other high-performance characteristics such as dimensional stability, high burst pressure, chemical inertness, heat resistance, and outstanding lubricity.
Teleflex Medical OEM can take a project from resin to tubing to finished device. It offers PEEK as a medical grade material that meets USP Class VI and cytotoxicity testing requirements. This material can be extruded as tubing with walls as thin as 0.005 in. while maintaining columnar stiffness, torsion strength, and low elongation. Custom options such as profiles, multi-lumen, and radiopaque fillers are available.