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Silicone Tubing Material

Axiom® manufactures products utilizing a wide variety of grades of material, from USP Class VI grade, US food grade, A-A-59588A to commercial silicone rubber. Axiom®'s specially formulated materials produce an ultra smooth surface minimizing surface tension and maximizing flow performance. Silicones resist many chemicals, including some acids, oxidizing chemicals, ammonia and isopropyl alcohol. Silicone rubber will swell when exposed to non-polar solvents including benzene, and toluene, but will return to its original shape when these solvents evaporate. Concentrated acids, alkalines, and solvents should not be used with silicones.

Silicone offers a wide range of advantages to the medical device engineer. Compatible with human tissue and body fluids, silicone has no additives which can leach out. Silicone material can be formulated and tested for full biocompatibility. Axiom® silicone tubing is odorless, tasteless, and does not support bacteria growth. Silicones are widely regarded in the industry as the superior implant material. They offer excellent thermostability and can be steam, ethylene oxide, or radiation sterilized. Silicones can be formulated to have excellent flame and smoke resistance properties, conductivity and self-lubricating properties. They are also capable of maintaining physical properties under extreme temperature conditions, -80°F to 450°F.

Silicones exceed all comparable materials in their insulating properties as well as flexibility in electrical applications. Silicones are non-conductive and maintain dielectric strength in temperature extremes far higher than those in which conventional insulating materials can perform.

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