Drake Medical Plastics’ facility has 17,000 square feet dedicated to high-performance plastics processing for medical shapes and component manufacturing, supply and quality assurance. This significant undertaking will ensure Drake Medical Plastics can meet all client’s shapes and component requirements.
Drake Medical Plastics’ facilities provide our team with a comprehensive array of polymer processing capabilities and control. This technology includes:
- Custom designed extruders
- Dedicated dryers
- Annealing ovens
- Precision fabrication equipment
- All-electric injection molding equipment
- RJG in-cavity injection molding process control
Together, these technologies coupled with our process IP developed over years of experience, enables extensive processing and conversion expertise with unmatched reliability.
Drake Medical Plastics emphasizes its processing capabilities, with the mindset of “if it can be melted, we can make it.” As such, DMP excels with a range of high-performance polymers including PEEK, Radel, AvaSpire and Torlon. These are often extruded into a wide array of stock shapes for subsequent precision machining. Rod diameters can range from 2mm to 150mm and plate thicknesses from 10mm to 25mm. DMP has an unmatched ability at augmenting these stock shapes with additives, enhancing the polymers’ properties and providing additional performance advantages. This is especially challenging when the additives reach high filler levels. Drake Medical Plastics can effectively process compounds with less than 40% of polymer! These are the types of compounds that Drake Medical Plastics is particularly skilled at processing into high-quality stock shapes for machining. Our team can readily process custom and proprietary grades incorporating extreme additive compositions and filler levels.
Our Material Selection Process
High-performance polymers are a terrific option for the medical and life science industries, but few companies are truly processing experts of high-performance polymers. Drake Medical Plastics understands that the choice between these materials may be esoteric to those not directly involved with polymer processing. For this reason, we strive to make the decision clear for our clients, taking into account all key engineering requirements for their application. We work tirelessly to determine the best polymer option, and then the leanest processing solutions possible. At every step, we communicate with our clients to ensure their needs and concerns are being addressed in real time. It is this inexhaustible commitment to process engineering and application development that allows us to deliver superior products with the quickest turnaround.
High-performance materials are the sole focus of Drake Medical Plastics. The well recognized thermoplastics ‘pyramid’ shown to the right highlight in blue font the higher performing plastics that Drake specializes in; namely implantable and non-implantable PEEK (polyetheretherketone), PAEK (polyaryletherketone), PPSU (polyphenylsulfone), PSU (polysulfone), PEI (polyether-imide), Torlon PAI (polyamide-imide) and PPS (Polyphenylene-sulfide). Drake Medical Plastics has extensive knowledge of this wide array these thermoplastics utilized in the medical device market and can provide insight and alternatives to help address existing problems and/or requirements. DMP works with clients from the very outset, identifying the best polymer, best grade and best processing method for a particular production campaign utilizing years of technical expertise, state of the art processing capabilities and exceptional customer service.