Medically Approved Surface Friction Reduction Technology
|Mobilize is a thermoplastic additive designed to reduce friction on surfaces of medical devices and improve processability. Compounding Mobilize in thermoplastic formulations creates more lubricious finished product surfaces which offers an alternative to lubricious liners and multi-layer construction. Mobilize also promotes process stability and faster production rates in extrusions.
Naturally lubricious materials such as PTFE, FEP, and HDPE are typically chosen as outer surfaces when device designs require low coefficients of friction. The bulk properties like stiffness and strength of these materials are often not suitable for devices, so they are used as liners or jackets integrated within multi-layer devices. This multi-layer approach achieves surface lubricity without sacrificing bulk properties but adds costs due to additional or more complex manufacturing processes such as reflow or coextrusion.