TriForest Labware, a moulder of laboratory equipment, has developed a polycarbonate 3L Fernbach flask that the company says is “virtually unbreakable” as a result of SABIC’s Lexan HP grade. The flask is said to be the first of its size to be made via injection blow moulding.
For the end-user, the flask is being marketed for improved productivity during the culture sampling process. Other plastic flasks of this size are extrusion blow moulded, however, using Lexan HP allowed for thicker walls and enhanced optical clarity, enabling real-time sample measurement similar to glass.
“Developing innovative solutions that can improve safety and efficiency in laboratory environments is increasingly important to the healthcare industry, enabling reduced costs and faster results. Working with TriForest Labware, we were able to develop a solution that helps answer these challenges, offering a meaningful alternative to traditional materials, which helps lab technicians culture samples with reduced risk of injury and enhanced ability to achieve real-time results. SABIC is committed to collaborating with OEMs to develop innovative technologies aimed at solving pertinent industry challenges,” said Cathleen Hess, Director of Healthcare Marketing for SABIC’s Innovative Plastics business.
“We’ve had a long and successful relationship with SABIC, and through our collaborative development process, we were able to identify a technology that would bring significant advantages to the healthcare industry and meet the rigorous needs of our customers,” said Syed Rehan, VicePresident, TriForest Labware. “Without the exceptional properties provided by Lexan HP resin – optical clarity, impact resistance and the ability to be injection blow moulded – we would not have been able to make this 3L Fernbach flask.”