Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Introduces Second Compass Extrusion Line

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Innovative Silicone Extrusion Technology Delivers High-Precision Products with Enhanced Performance

ANAHEIM, CA (February 12, 2013)
– Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics (SGPPL) HealthCare Markets, a leading supplier of innovative products that deliver results for the most demanding medical applications, has installed a second Compass Technology line, a state-of-the-art co-development process for silicone extrusion at its Beaverton, MI facility. Ideal for the healthcare market, Compass combines expertise in custom material compounding with high precision silicone extrusion and fluid modeling, providing application specific formulations and products for optimized performance.  Best-in-class tolerances in both material properties and product dimensions result in a reduced level of overall system variability.

“The addition of a second Compass Technology line signals our continued commitment to providing innovative high-performance fluid path solutions for medical device manufacturers,” according to Robert D. Schwenker, Business Manager, Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics – Healthcare Market Business. “A more rigorous Compass Technology platform will allow Saint-Gobain to share its unique combination of expertise in manufacturing and material engineering with silicone with medical device customers to help meet their specific needs.”

With Compass Technology, a closed-loop system automatically adjusts the extrusion process to reduce variation, ensuring consistency amongst production runs, while constantly monitoring in-process manufacturing data.  This in-process data is captured and available as part of a detailed data package to expedite product validation for medical device OEMs.  Extruded tubing manufactured with Compass Technology is ideal for a wide variety of medical applications, including ophthalmic pumps, enteral feeding, and IV therapy.

Utilizing its material science expertise, Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics works with its customers to translate critical needs of the application into key material properties which can then be formulated into a custom compound.  These material formulations can be optimized for tear strength, compression set, elongation, modulus, and durometer.  SGPPL can also deliver extruded solutions that meet regulatory needs for purity and low extractables.

As part of Compass Technology, Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics is also developing an advanced modeling platform dedicated to pump and fluid handling systems.  This capability will provide unique insight into the effect of key variables on overall system accuracy.  From physical dimensions to dynamic properties of the material, the model can function as a predictor for new designs.

Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics, Healthcare Markets
For more than 40 years, Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics has provided high performance products and services to the worlds’ leading Healthcare companies.  Our technical expertise, global manufacturing capabilities, and market knowledge combine with a strong sense of partnership to meet the needs of customers around the world.  A heritage of innovation and unparalleled material expertise in silicone, thermoplastic elastomers and fluoroploymers, Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics is the processing expert in molding, extrusion and all-encompassing custom fabrication for OEM’s.  To learn more about Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics’ medical solutions, visit

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