At TEQ, when we see a need in the market, we work hard to develop a cost-effective solution. But we don’t stop there. We make sure our customers can use it.
In 2011, when the Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council (HPRC) released their design guidelines for optimal hospital recycling they also highlighted the fact that hospitals produce over 5.9M tons of waste each year with very little being recycled, we knew we could do something to help.
The challenge was clear – most sterile barrier solutions consists of more than one material, and medical staff simply don’t have time to separate lids and trays for recycling.
In response to this issue, we developed TEQethylene™(TEQe™), a mono-polymer, recyclable medical packaging solution that uses proprietary blend of High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) in combination with adhesive coated Tyvek®, a breathable HDPE thermoplastic lidding developed by DuPont™.
TEQethylene has also proven to be a cost effective option for medical packaging—with resin cost significantly below that for PETG, part cost well below that for PETG and HIPS and a yield far greater than PETG or HIPS.
This new blend of HDPE not only has less environmental impact than other materials, but also offers many additional benefits over conventional HDPE such as clarity and durability. Plus, customers that move from using a material like PETG or HIPS to TEQethylene can save up to 35% on production costs.
Next, knowing that one of the biggest obstacles to incorporating advanced thermoforming materials like TEQethylene into medical packaging designs is the time and resources needed to conduct a stability study to meet the requirements of ISO 11607-1, we also enlisted the support of our partners, Curt Larsen and John Spitzley, principals at Spartan Design Group who developed the ISO 11607 standard, to provide our customers with the stability data and laboratory documents they need to meet these requirements and justify new packaging designs.
TEQpropylene™ (TEQp™), the next evolution of TEQethylene, offers sustainability, strength, and clarity improvements as well as help achieve total package cost savings. When compared to PETG or HIPS, TEQp is comparable or better in all cases including:
TEQconnex™ is the newest evolution of our TEQethylene sterile barrier system (SBS) solution now with a co-extruded heat seal layer in place of adhesive coating on the Tyvek® lidding.
We offer this special bonded packaging in both HDPE (TEQconnexE) and polypropylene (TEQconnexP).
The result of this unique bonding solution is a recyclable system per FTC guidelines that offers:
Plus, because current TEQethylene customers can leverage existing tooling, they can easily transition to a TEQconnex solution and save even more.