PAWTUCKET, R.I.—Teknor Apex Co. has created three thermoplastic elastomer wire and cable compounds that combine rubber-like durability with a high degree of purity.
Medalist 8421, 8431 and 8451 can be used for insulation, jacketing and mold fittings and connectors, according to the firm.
With a shore A hardness levels of 92, 69 and 82, and a maximum continuous operating temperature rating of 105C, the compounds can retain high tensile strength, modulus and elongation.
The elastomers are resistant to cleaning solutions used in medical facilities, the company said.
"The new Medalist elastomers for wire and cable provide rubber-like toughness and elasticity and, unlike rubber, are readily recycled," Keith Saunders, senior market manager for the Thermoplastic Elastomer Division of Teknor Apex, said in a news release. "As alternatives to PVC, Medalist compounds exhibit practical handling advantages in surgical or clinical settings, including superior 'drapability' for reduced cable clutter, better elastic memory in coil cords, and a softer, more supple feel."