2006-09-20 News Release
Plastics solutions for soft PVC toys and medical devices
Leading plastics manufacturers of medical devices and toys have switched to Hexamoll DINCH plasticizers for use in sensitive applications.
Young children explore the world with inexhaustible curiosity. And when
they discover something new, one of the first things they do is –
put it in their mouth. In the first few months of life, tactile sensitivity
(especially of the lips and tongue) is particularly pronounced while the
other senses are still in the process of developing. This is why children
literally feast on their toys: with obvious delight, they chew around
on animal figures and suck away at rubber ducks. Often, these are made
from polyvinyl chloride (PVC), versatile plastics without which the modern
world of toys is hardly imaginable.
Children's toys must be safe and free from health hazards. With Hexamoll
DINCH, BASF offers an innovative plasticizer for PVC plastics which also
conforms to the strict EU regulations for toys for children under three
years of age. Because only a plasticizer can transform brittle plastics
into the flexible and elastic material used for balls, hopping animals
and other toys.
Hexamoll DINCH is thus also the plasticizer of first choice for use in many medical devices because in these cases, the plastic is in close contact with products which directly enter the patient's body. Enteral nutrition administered via stomach tube, for example, involves the use of bags and tubing made of soft PVC. Pfrimmer-Nutricia (Numico), one of the largest manufacturers of such feeding sets, has now switched its production completely to Hexamoll DINCH. "In view of the concerns surrounding some plasticizers, we wanted to be the first in our sector to completely eliminate these substances and further improve patient safety", explains Dagmar Dehler of the marketing department of the medical devices manufacturer. "After all, with Hexamoll DINCH a safe alternative is now available. And despite the somewhat higher costs, we shall be able to keep our product prices steady."
Incidentally, the innovative transfer sets can be recognized from the
color lilac which is used by Pfrimmer-Nutricia to distinguish them more
clearly. More and more of the approximately 75,000 transfer devices used
daily in German hospitals and in home care contain the safe plasticizer.
Hexamoll DINCH is soon also to be used for artificial respiration systems.
Besides its applications in toys and medical devices, Hexamoll DINCH
is also particularly interesting for food contact uses. In Europe, the
product is already being used for plastics packaging and foodwrap film,
and official approval from the American FDA for food products is imminent.
Adipates are esters of adipic acid. They are suitable as plasticizers for PVC and other plastics, especially if these have to be soft and flexible at sub-zero temperatures. The adipate plasticizers of BASF are sold under the trade name Plastomoll, and are also suitable for food contact applications. They are frequently used in conjunction with polymer plasticizers for food film packaging.
Polymeric plasticizers are esters of adipic acid with multivalent alcohols.
This gives long chain molecules whose properties can be determined by
the choice of alcohols used. BASF sells a number of polymer plasticizers
under the trade name Palamoll, that are often used for tubing and foils,
also with food contact.
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