Product Development

PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

Westlake is your partner for developing new products

  • Willing to invest in innovation
  • Unique capabilities to produce small quantities
  • Entrepreneurial attitude

New Color Development

By utilizing our partnerships with custom compounders, Westlake Plastics can modify the color of most materials.

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PICK YOUR COLOR

As an example, for our Life Sciences applications, we have developed a range of 15 standard Propylux HS colors to code instruments.

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If standard colors do not meet your requirements, we can work with you to develop new colors.

Property Modification

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  • Do you need to modify a material to meet critical needs or industry specific standards?
  • As an advantage, using compression molding, we have the ability to create small samples for evaluation.

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  • Westlake Plastics has almost 70 years of experience converting high performance resin into shapes. We utilize our processing knowledge with the latest polymer science to launch new materials.

CUSTOM SIZES

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Westlake has extrusion tooling to produce most standard rod diameters. If custom sizes are required, we can work with you to develop new tooling to improve your yields.
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For sheet and film, we can customize the thickness to improve your yields and reduce your manufacturing costs, saving you time and money.

New Shapes

For higher value materials, Westlake is innovating by developing shapes that reduce scrap rates as well as machine time. Using our compression molding technologies, we are building molds to provide near-net shapes, resulting in lower material costs.

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Compression Molded T Shape

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Machining a T shape will reduce material consumption for orthopedic knee trial components.

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Project Validation

  • Westlake can make performance validation easy (or at least easier).
  • Westlake has almost 70 years of experience working with resin suppliers, channel partners, and end users to develop new products for critical customer needs as well as industry specific standards. Our team is at your service to help execute your plan.
  • Our laboratories can assist with executing your testing plan for qualifying new products. For Life Sciences applications, we understand the biocompatibility profile is important and product validation is crucial. Let us help you through this process: we can help define a protocol, machine prototypes, run multiple autoclaving cycles and perform dimensional evaluation.
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VALIDATION

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PROTOTYPE

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Westlake can make performance validation easy. When you consider us.  Westlake can make performance validation easy. When you consider.

DESIGN

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Westlake can make performance validation easy. When you consider us.  Westlake can make performance validation easy. When you consider.

VALIDATION

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Westlake can make performance validation easy. When you consider us.  Westlake can make performance validation easy. When you consider.

Case Study & Testimonial

  • PROPYLUX® HS was successfully used for the manufacturing of In’tech Medical’s bumper on a femoral implant holder.
  • While alternative polymers were evaluated, PROPYLUX® HS showed the best performance. Its high ductility makes it an excellent option for impactor devices.
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“We recently developed a unique femoral impactor which can be adapted to every OEM’s condyle implant geometry by switching out the bumper. This allows us to minimize customizations & provide the market with a turn-key OEM instrument. The bumper is instrumental as it ensures a snug fit with femoral condyle implant while transferring energy required for final positioning of implant in patient’s femur. Looking at our needs, Westlake Plastics assisted us in picking the best material for our application, which turned out to be PROPYLUX® HS. Indeed, the bumper needed to be strong enough to absorb repeated shocks & we did not want material to lose its properties or become brittle over time. On top of that, the complete biocompatibility profile made validation an easy process!”

Patrick Khalife – Director of R&D

Phone: + 1 901 375 1109 1407

Union Avenue | #1204 Memphis , TN 38104

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