Pushing the envelope

Trelleborg

Pushing the envelope

With coated fabrics, the demand in the healthcare & medical industry is to provide more durable and cleanable materials to be both infection- and fire-resistant, while being sustainable and chemically resistant. Trelleborg contributes with the latest in technologies to specify the parameters required.

A hospital stay is inherently filled with stresses and concerns, but Trelleborg helps ensure that medical facilities have the latest in technologies available to keep you safe and secure. It’s reassuring to know that when you’re shown to your room, you can count on a clean, germ-free bed to rest in while you endure the medical procedures you’d rather avoid. Trelleborg works to create mattress covers that remain impermeable to fluids and germs and prevent cross-contamination from the illnesses patients bring to hospital environments. Trelleborg’s coated fabrics use polyurethane coatings to exclude unwanted media so that it does not penetrate into the bed

Trelleborg applies these technologies to a variety of fabrics for the healthcare & medical and aerospace industries, as well as for consumer and recreational products. One recent application was to create coatings for survival gear worn by workers being transported by helicopter to remotely located oil rigs. They need to wear survival suits designed to protect them in case of an accident that might drop them into icy Arctic waters, keeping them warm, dry and safe until they are rescued from the sea. Camping gear is yet another popular application.

The material requirements can push the envelope in production. It can be challenging to find the weight and strengths needed. Sometimes it’s about the feel of the fabric. It might need to feel softer for a customer’s application. Or they might require a soft fabric that also has a lot of adhesion. Occasionally these needs go against each other, and there is always the possibility that the customer’s needs change in the midst of the development of their product. But Trelleborg has been in the engineered coated fabric business for more than 40 years, and have earned a good reputation for meeting customers’ demands.

Currently Trelleborg is working with customers to see that tourniquets used in surgeries and emergency situations remain reliably in place to arrest bleeding – combating an issue that occurs when a tourniquet slips out of place. Another customer is seeking a barium-infused fabric for use under X-ray that will shine during laparoscopic surgeries and identify the exact location of the device during surgical procedures.

Whether at the physician or production level, the biggest challenges in the medical industry are enhancing functionality, making existing products better and improving performance without compromising capability with the product itself – all while ensuring environmental safety.

With coated fabrics, the demand in the healthcare & medical industry is to provide more durable and cleanable materials to be both infection- and fire-resistant, while still aesthetically pleasing. It’s a challenge to meet all those needs. But development is really where Trelleborg excels.


For more information, please go to: www.trelleborg.com/engineered-coated-fabrics