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MEDICAL AND HEALTHCARE APPLICATIONS

WE WILL COLLABORATE WITH YOU TO DEVELOP ENGINEERED MATERIAL SOLUTIONS FOR MEDICAL AND HEALTHCARE EQUIPMENT, SUCH AS X-RAY APPLICATIONS AND MRI APPLICATIONS.

The Gund Company is able to manufacture custom components for the Medical Industry with industry-leading fabrication services. We particularly specialize in composites, thermoplastics, sealing devices and insulation materials.

  • Composites are materials that are made from two or more distinct components, ultimately resulting in a material with unique properties compared to its individual components.
  • Thermoplastics are known as polymers that become moldable upon heating and harden upon cooling. They can even be reheated and reshaped multiple times.
  • Sealing Devices are going to ensure airtight or liquid-tight containment.
  • Insulation Materials are able to prevent the transfer of electricity, heat or sound.

The Gund Company is here to help you properly meet the Medical Industry’s health standards, while also helping you overcome regulatory challenges. Our application engineers have the ability to successfully support a wide variety of projects, from prototype creation to large-scale manufacturing.

Engineered material solutions play a pivotal role in the development and optimization of Medical and Healthcare equipment, which includes X-ray and MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) applications.

X-RAY APPLICATIONS

Composites in X-ray applications are primarily utilized for their protective properties, as well as for their mechanical characteristics. Composite materials can develop protective equipment for medical personnel and patients, in order to provide radiation protection from an X-ray machine. Thermoplastic composite materials are able to make the medical devices that are designed to position patients during an X-ray procedure.

X-RAY EQUIPMENT

  • Tabletops
  • Imaging Plates
  • Filters
  • Rulers
  • Carbon Plates and Sandwiches
  • Mammogram Components
  • Grids
  • Ionization Chambers
insulation materials

MRI COMPONENTS

insulation materials
Medical MRI Table from The Gund Company

The use of composites in MRI components is primarily governed by the need for materials that are non-magnetic and can additionally perform reliably in a unique and demanding environment. Their ability to be customized for specific applications is what makes them invaluable in the ongoing development and enhancement of MRI technology.

CARBON FIBER COMPONENTS

X-ray tables and accessories – such as headrests and arm supports – often use carbon fiber composites. Carbon fiber is chosen for its high strength-to-weight ratio, rigidity and, most importantly, its radiolucency. This essentially means that it does not appear on X-ray images, allowing for clearer diagnostic imaging without artifact disturbances.

Not only that, but carbon fiber composites are also used for MRI tables because they are strong, lightweight and non-magnetic. The carbon fiber does not affect the MRI signal, which allows for clear images without any distortion or artifacts.

  • Spine Support Systems
  • Arm Supports
  • Extended OP Rails

MEDICAL GRADE GASKETS AND SEALS

Our material experts have over 40 years of experience in material knowledge and design.

We specialize in helping our customers choose the right sealing device, whether you are creating something new or improving a current design.

Typical Properties To Consider When Selecting A Sealing Device
 Type of Material PropertyMaterial Characteristic
PhysicalDensity
Temperature Resistance
Durometer
Water Absorption
Open / Closed Structure
Flammability
MechanicalCompressibility / Recovery
Compression Set
Tensile Strength
Pressure Rating
ElectricalDielectric Strength
ChemicalOil & Fuel Resistance
Chemical / pH Resistance
Common Elastomers Are Used In Medical And Healthcare Applications
Flexible InsulationType of Material PropertyMaterial Characteristic
FoamMicrocellular Urethane
PET, PE, Polyolefin
Polyurethane
Vinyl
SpongeSilicone
EPDM
Chloroprene – Neoprene®
ECH
Fluorocarbon – Viton®
Nitrile
FeltSilicone
EPDM
Chloroprene – Neoprene®
ECH
Fluorocarbon – Viton®
Nitrile
CorkComposition Cork
Cork Synthetic Rubber Blend
Cork/EPDM Blend
Cork/Neoprene® Blend
Cork/Nitrile Blend
Cork/Silicone Blend
Cork/Viton®
Cork/Hypalon® Blend
Cork/Sponge Blend
RubberChloroprene – Neoprene®
Buna-N – Nitrile
Silicone
Butyl – EPDM
Fluorosilicone – Viton®
Diaphragm RubberPolyester, Nylon, Cotton, or Fiberglass cloth coated with SBR, Neoprene®, EPDB, and Buna-N