St. Louis, MO (PressExposure) June 25, 2009 -- Plastics are one of the most common materials used in medical devices, having a wide range of properties due to their various chemistries. However, sometimes a plastic does not perform the way it should and can put a patient in danger. If a device is deteriorating or a contaminant is suspected, it can be unsafe. The specialists at Chemir Analytical Services are experienced in solving medical device problems that involve plastic and polymer testing.
âA problem in a medical device can be a life or death issue,â said Dave Riggs, President of Chemir Analytical Services. âIn the development process, any issues need to be resolved quickly so that companies can continue with the approval process to save lives down the road. If a device is recalled, we can identify the problem so that manufacturing can resume. It is our goal to help this valuable industry by identifying problems as quickly and accurately as possible.â
Chemir Analytical Services specializes in deformulation, materials identification, contaminant identification and failure analysis. Their renowned scientists investigate a wide variety of medical devices including implants, tubing, catheters, packaging, containers, protective devices and more.
With extensive experience in the medical device industry, Chemir has performed polymeric material analysis on thermoplastics, thermosets and cross-linked thermoplastics, in addition to plastics for machining, commodity plastics, elastomers, high performance polymers, specialty polymers, composites, polyurethanes, adhesives and sealants.
Chemirâs scientists can evaluate the physical properties of medical plastics, such as tensile properties, adhesive strength, cross-sectional multiple layer film thickness and thermal properties. Chemir also investigates medical device issues with metals, organics and inorganics.
âWe can also address questions of patent infringement,â says Aaron Cassely, Senior Director of Technical Services at Chemir. âThrough deformulation, or reverse engineering, we can understand the productâs composition when faced with an intellectual property dispute.â
About Chemir Analytical Services Chemir Analytical Services solves challenging problems involving chemical analysis and material testing. Since 1959, this independent laboratory has solved thousands of issues involving material analysis, contaminant and impurity identification, deformulation (reverse engineering), formulation, product failure analysis, analytical method development, patent, intellectual property and other legal challenges for nearly 7000 clients. The scientific staff of 35, including 10 Ph.D. level chemists, employs state-of-the-art analytical instrumentation and expert interpretations to assist such industries and food and beverage, polymer, plastic, packaging, paints and coatings, personal care, consumer products, specialty chemicals and more. For more information, visit http://www.chemir.com.