SABIC technology GE Healthcare’s new medical equipment

SABIC technology for GE Healthcare’s new medical equipment

4:20 PM, 7th June 2011
SABIC technology for GE Healthcare’s new medical equipment
Use of the new resin.

ANAHEIM, US: SABIC innovative plastics’ recently said that GE Healthcare has selected its Valox resin for the housing and Xylex resin for the storage bins of its new medical equipment. These high-performance resins helped GE Healthcare address toughening requirements for enhanced patient safety and outcomes, more-efficient care delivery and cost-effectiveness with this innovative device, which brings diagnostic radiology to the patient’s bedside. These products help customers meet the changing regulatory environment, design and performance requirements in the medical equipment sector, SABIC innovative plastics’ said at MD&M West 2011.


“Using Valox and Xylex resins, we created a portable, easy-to-clean and attractive ‘radiographic room on wheels.’ The wide portfolio of resins and extensive application development services provided by SABIC Innovative Plastics helped us optimize the design and improve the performance of this next-generation diagnostic device,” said Guillermo Sander, Global Marketing Manager, Mobile DXR, GE Healthcare.


GE Healthcare chose Valox V3900WX resin, a high-impact polyester/polycarbonate (PC) blend, to design for healthcare industry requirements for increased safety of patients and improved cost control. For portable equipment such as the GE Healthcare device, it offers the high impact resistance and dimensional stability of PC to withstand bumps and bangs during transport within the hospital. Valox resin offers significantly greater design freedom than metal to create new ergonomic designs.


The Xylex X7519HP resin is a transparent blend of PC and amorphous polyester. Compared to PC alone, the addition of polyester provides enhanced chemical resistance, supporting efforts to reduce hospital-acquired infections. Polyester also enhances the resin's stress crack resistance and permits lower processing temperatures. High impact resistance and glasslike transparency make Xylex resin ideal for storage containers.

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