Medically Approved Surface Friction Reduction Technology
Our unique and proprietary Mobilize is an additive which our team researched and tested to provide our customers with a low-cost alternative to other more traditional lubricious materials for reducing surface friction in medical devices.
PTFE liners have been the gold standard of most medical devices within the catheter marketplace. They are a highly effective path for achieving a lubricous inner surface in devices made through the reflow process, the most common laminate construction process for many types of interventional catheter-based therapies. A PTFE liner, coil or braid and an exterior jacket are commonplace laminate construction concepts though the inner liner can be changed out to FEP, HDPE or higher durometer Nylon based materials (such as 72D PEBA) as options depending on design criteria. The costs of any given reflow operation are not insignificant and include materials that are simply discarded as part of the process not to mention those components which remain behind all contributing to high cost devices. None of these options are particularly inexpensive and few seek options outside of the norm.
What if an option existed that was a low-cost gateway to achieve the lubricity required? Mobilize is that gateway!
Mobilize can be used in a wide range of materials, including TPU, Polyolefin, SBC, PEBA, Polyamide, HIPS, SAN, ABS, PET and PC. Each of these material types is routinely used in medical device manufacturing and each of them can benefit from Mobilize. Based on independent third-party testing, our Mobilize additive is able to achieve reduction in the COF (Coefficient of Friction) by over 25% with a reasonably low loading level so as not to greatly affect the original properties of the base material to which it is being added. The additive offers significant reductions in the force required to insert or retract a device. Ease of operation equates to a better device that is more easily handled, produced and accepted in the marketplace.