Much like the OmniSeal® critical seals used in In Vitro Diagnostics (IVD) equipment, the IVD is a critical component of the global healthcare industry and used in the diagnosis of infectious and chronic diseases as well as for preventative care and drug therapy monitoring. Applications in the IVD industry range from convenient, self-use tests to highly automated laboratory systems. IVD analyzers are used to conduct in vitro tests of biological specimens such as blood, urine, saliva, etc. Analyzers are categorized as Immunochemistry, Hematology, Hemostasis, Molecular Diagnostics, Clinical Microbiology, Tissue Diagnostics, Point of Care Testing and Self-Monitoring Blood Glucose.
Growing healthcare expenditures have led to highly automated systems that integrate multiple processes in one unit. Today’s IVD systems are required to run faster and longer than previous generations. IVD systems require low friction materials that are pure, chemically inert and heat resistant. With over twenty-two FDA Compliant or USP Class VI materials, Saint-Gobain Seals has achieved great success in delivering lifetime confidence to IVD system OEMs. Experience has shown that low friction, precisely-loaded seals have exhibited more than double the life of a poorly designed seal. The result is longer maintenance cycles and lower overall cost of ownership for the end-user.