Tekni-Films (Wayne, PA), a Tekni-Plex business that supplies thermoformable blister barrier films and related products for medical and pharmaceutical applications, will showcase its TekniMD PX copolyester film series at the co-located Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) and PLASTEC West event next month in Anaheim, CA. The materials are described as a cost-effective alternative to PETG for thermoformed medical tray packaging.
“The TekniMD PX film series has a wide processing window and thermoforms at lower temperatures than PETG, allowing thermoformers and OEMs to minimize their energy costs,” Melissa Green, Senior Director, Global Marketing—Films, told PlasticsToday. “Alternatively, a higher temperature profile can be run to achieve faster cycle times and increase throughput of the machine, potentially pushing off capital investments with the increase in capacity.”
Green also points to the material’s sustainability advantages compared with both PETG and PVC. “TekniMD PX films are classified with a resin code 1 and can be recycled in the same stream as water and carbonated soft drink bottles,” she said. Recyclability and reduced energy consumption are often called out within companies’ sustainability programs, noted Green, adding that the PX films “allow medical device OEMs to make progress on their sustainability initiatives.”