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Title:
MULTI-LAYERED POLYMERIC STRUCTURES INCLUDING A LAYER OF ETHYLENE COPOLYMER
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2000/013895
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
There are provided multi-layered structures comprising at least one layer that is an ethylene/alpha-olefin copolymer having a density of less than 0.916 g/cc and a melting peak temperature of greater than 118 °C. The multi-layered structures comprise at least two layers. Also provided are articles of manufacture produced from the multi-layer structures such as films, containers, pouches, packages, tubing and the like.

Inventors:
Small Jr., James Douglas (232 Herron Drive Kingsport, TN, 37663-4025, US)
Vanderbilt, Jeffrey James (1417 Rosedown Street Longview, TX, 75604-3637, US)
Greer, Kathleen Diane (924 Cooks Valley Road #51 Kingsport, TN, 37664-4984, US)
Rhein, James Edward (404 West Main Street Jonesborough, TN, 37659, US)
Application Number:
PCT/US1999/020656
Publication Date:
March 16, 2000
Filing Date:
September 09, 1999
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
EASTMAN CHEMICAL COMPANY (100 North Eastman Road Kingsport, TN, 37660, US)
International Classes:
B65D30/02; B32B27/32; B65D35/08; B65D65/40; C08F210/16; C08L23/08; (IPC1-7): B32B27/32
Domestic Patent References:
1998-08-27
Foreign References:
EP0738589A21996-10-23
US5783269A1998-07-21
DE19728686C11999-04-15
Other References:
DATABASE WPI Section Ch Week 199706, Derwent Publications Ltd., London, GB; Class A17, AN 1997-060840, XP002127780
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Tubach, Cheryl J. (P.O. Box 511 Kingsport, TN, 37662-5075, US)
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Claims:
CLAIMS We claim:
1. A multilayered structure comprising: a) a first layer comprising an ethylene/alphaolefin copolymer having a density of less than 0.916 g/cc and a melting peak temperature of greater than 118°C.; and b) a second layer comprising a polyolefin that is autoclavable as defined by the test procedure herein.
2. The multilayered structure according to Claim 1 wherein the ethylene/alphaolefin copolymer has a density ranging from about 0.86 to less than 0.916 g/cc, and a melting peak temperature ranging from greater than 118°C to about 130°C.
3. The multilayered structure according to Claim 2 wherein the ethylene/alphaolefin copolymer has a melting peak temperature ranging from about 121°C to about 124°C.
4. The multilayered structure according to Claim 1 wherein the ethylene/alphaolefin copolymer is an ethylene/hexene copolymer.
5. The multilayered structure according to Claim 1 wherein the ethylene/alphaolefin copolymer is an ethylene/octene copolymer.
6. The multilayered structure of Claim 1 wherein the second layer is a propylene homopolymer.
7. The multilayered structure of Claim 1 wherein the second layer is a propylene/alphaolefin copolymer.
8. The multilayered structure of Claim 1 wherein the second layer is a propyleneethylene copolymer.
9. The multilayered structure of Claim 1 wherein the first layer is ethylenehexene copolymer and the second layer is propylene homopolymer.
10. The multilayered structure of Claim 1 wherein the first layer is ethylenehexene copolymer and the second layer is a propyleneethylene copolymer.
11. The multilayered structure according to Claim 1 wherein the first layer further comprises a radio frequency susceptible polymer.
12. An article fabricated from the multilayered structure according to Claim 1.
13. The article according to claim 12 wherein the article is a multilayered film or sheet.
14. The article according to Claim 12 wherein the article is a container.
15. The article according to Claim 12 wherein the article is a pouch.
16. The article according to Claim 12 wherein the article is a package.
17. The article according to Claim 12 wherein the article is a tubing.
18. The article according to Claim 12 wherein the article is an extruded profile.
Description:
TITLE OF THE INVENTION MULTI-LAYERED POLYMERIC STRUCTURES INCLUDING A LAYER OF ETHYLENE COPOLYMER CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS This application claims the benefit of priority under 35 U. S. C. 119 § (e) to United States Provisional Application Serial No. 60/099,554 filed September 9, 1998.

FIELD OF THE INVENTION The present invention relates to multi-layered structures that may be autoclavable and are particularly suitable for use as medical packaging. More particularly, structures such as the multi-layered films or sheets include a layer comprising an ethylene copolymer having a density of less than 0.916 g/cc and a melting peak temperature greater than 118°C.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION Multi-layered structures are useful in forming packages, containers, or other articles for use in the medical and pharmaceutical industries. The structures may be in the form of films, sheets, tubing, profiles of different geometry, and the like, and are typically formed by coextrusion. Certain properties are desirable for such structures including clarity, toughness over a wide temperature range, retention of properties after autoclave sterilization, resistance to chemicals, and low water vapor transmission rates. Additionally, structures having flexibility and low seal initiation temperatures are particularly useful in producing packages and containers for parenteral solutions, plasma, drugs, nutrition products, and other medical and pharmaceutical products. Reference to such multi-layered structures is found in many patents, such as, for example, U. S. Patent Nos. 4,643,926; 4,803,102; 4,939,009; 4,910,085; 4,948,643; 4,978,579; 5,484,654; 5,486,387; 5,532,053; 5,681,627; 5,686,527; 5,695,840; and others.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION There are provided improved, multi-layered structures that may be autoclavable as defined by the test procedure herein, and are useful, particularly, for packaging, specifically medical packaging. The multi-layered structures comprise at least two (2) layers, one of which layers must be a first layer

comprising an ethylene/alpha-olefin copolymer, as defined hereinafter in more detail, characterized by having a density of less than 0.916 g/cc and a melting peak temperature greater than 118°C. In the multi-layered structures of the present invention, the second layer comprises a polyolefin, particularly a propylene homopolymer or a propylene/alpha-olefin copolymer. When utilizing the multi- layered structures of the present invention, the necessity for using an adhesive layer or tie layer is eliminated.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION There are provided improved, multi-layered structures that may be autoclavable as defined by the test procedure herein, and are useful, particularly, for packaging, specifically medical packaging. The multi-layered structures comprise at least two (2) layers, one of which layers must be a first layer comprising an ethylene/alpha-olefin copolymer, as defined hereinafter in more detail, characterized by having a density of less than 0.916 g/cc and a melting point greater than 118°C. In the multi-layered structure of the present invention, the second layer comprises a polyolefin, preferably a propylene homopolymer or a propylene/alpha-olefin copolymer that is autoclavable as defined by the test procedure described herein.

Where the structure is a film or sheet, the multi-layered film or sheet of the invention can have a total thickness ranging from about 2 mils to about 50 mils.

The preferred thickness of the film or sheet ranges from about 2 mils to about

20 mils, for packaging materials. The thickness of each of the layers of the multi- layered film or sheet can vary depending on the desired properties of the film or sheet. Where it is desired that the multi-layered structure of the present invention be autoclavable as determined by the test procedure herein, it is preferred that the second polyolefin layer have a thickness of at least about 1 mil.

The multi-layered films of the present invention comprise a first layer that comprises an ethylene/alpha-olefin copolymer having a density of less than 0.916 g/cc and a melting point greater than 118°C. It is preferred that the density of the ethylene/alpha-olefin copolymer range from about 0.86 to less than 0.916 g/cc.

Moreover, it is preferred that the melting peak temperature of the ethylene/alpha- olefin copolymer range from greater than 118°C to about 130°C, more preferably from about 121°C to about 124°C.

The ethylene/alpha-olefin copolymer of the first layer may be any interpolymer of ethylene, including copolymers, terpolymers, and the like, of ethylene and at least one or more other alpha-olefins wherein the ethylene content is at least about 50% by weight of the total monomers involved. The alpha-olefins, for example, may contain from 3 to 16 carbon atoms. Exemplary alpha-olefins that may be utilized herein are propylene, 1-butene, 1-pentene, 1-hexene, 1-heptene, 1-octene, 4-methylpent-1-ene, 1-decene, 1-dodecene, 1-hexadecene and the like.

Also utilizable herein are polyenes such as 1,3-hexadiene, 1,4-hexadiene, cyclopentadiene, dicyclopentadiene, 4-vinylcyclohex-1-ene, 1,5-cyclooctadiene, 5-vinylidene-2-norbornene, 5-vinyl-2-norbornene. In a preferred embodiment, the ethylene/alpha-olefin copolymer comprises from about 8 to about 30 weight

percent of alpha-olefin, and, more preferably, from about 10 to about 15 weight percent of alpha-olefin based on the copolymer. Further, in a preferred embodiment, the alpha-olefin of the ethylene/alpha-olefin copolymer has from 3 to about 12 carbon atoms.

The multi-layered film of the present invention comprises a second layer.

The second layer comprises a polyolefin, preferably propylene homopolymer or a propylene/alpha-olefin copolymer. The propylene/alpha-olefin copolymer comprises preferably from about 70 to about 99.5 weight percent propylene and from about 0.5 to about 30 weight percent alpha-olefin. More preferably, the propylene/alpha-olefin copolymer comprises from about 0.5 to about 10 weight percent alpha-olefin, and more preferably, from about 0.5 to about 6 weight percent alpha-olefin, based on the copolymer. Suitable for use in the propylene/alpha- olefin copolymers herein are alpha-olefins having from 2 to about 12 carbon atoms, preferably from 2 to about 6 carbon atoms. Exemplary alpha-olefins that may be utilized herein are ethylene, 1-butene, 1-pentene, 1-hexene, 1-heptene, 1-octene, 4-methylpent-1-ene, 1-decene, 1-dodecene and the like. Preferred for use as a copolymer for the second layer is a propylene/ethylene copolymer.

Further exemplary of polyolefins suitable for use herein are: 1. Ethylene-based polymers such as: A) Ethylene homopolymers including high density polyethylene (HDPE) and low density polyethylene (LDPE) B) Ethylene interpolymers including copolymers, terpolymers, and the like, of ethylene and at least one or more other olefins wherein the ethylene content

is at least about 50% by weight of the total monomers involved. Preferably the olefins are alpha-olefins. The olefins, for example, may contain from 3 to 16 carbon atoms. Exemplary olefins that may be utilized herein are propylene, 1-butene, 1-pentene, 1-hexene, 1-heptene, 1-octene, 4-methylpent-1-ene, 1-decene, 1-dodecene, 1-hexadecene and the like.

Also utilizable herein are polyenes such as 1,3-hexadiene, 1,4-hexadiene, cyclopentadiene, dicyclopentadiene, 4-vinylcyclohex-1-ene, 1,5-cyclooctadiene, 5-vinylidene-2-norbornene, 5-vinyl-2-norbornene, and olefins formed in situ in the polymerization medium. When olefins are formed in situ in the polymerization medium, the formation of ethylene/olefin interpolymers containing long chain branching may occur.

C) Ethylene-vinyl aromatic interpolymers Including ethylene-styrene interpolymers D) Copolymers of ethylene with vinyl acetate, methyl acrylate, butyl acrylate, methyl methacrylate, ethyl methacryclate, carbon monoxide.

2. Isotactic Propylene-based polymers: A) Polypropylene homopolymer B) Propylene-based interpolymers including copolymers, terpolymers, and the like, of propylene and at least one or more other olefins wherein the propylene content is at least about 50% by weight of the total monomers involved. Preferably the olefins are alpha-olefins. The olefins, for example, may contain from 2 to 16 carbon atoms. Exemplary olefins that

may be utilized herein are ethylene, 1-butene, 1-pentene, 1-hexene, 1-heptene, 1-octene, 4-methylpent-1-ene, 1-decene, 1-dodecene, 1-hexadecene and the like. Also utilizable herein are polyenes such as 1,3-hexadiene, 1,4-hexadiene, cyclopentadiene, dicyclopentadiene, 4-vinylcyclohex-1-ene, 1,5-cyclooctadiene, 5-vinylidene-2-norbornene, 5-vinyl-2-norbornene, and olefins formed in situ in the polymerization medium. When olefins are formed in situ in the polymerization medium, the formation of propylene/olefin interpolymers containing long chain branching may occur.

3. Syndiotactic propylene-based polymer such as : A) Polypropylene homopolymer B) Propylene-based interpolymers including copolymers, terpolymers, and the like, of propylene and at least one or more other olefins wherein the propylene content is at least about 50% by weight of the total monomers involved. Preferably the olefins are alpha-olefins. The olefins, for example, may contain from 2 to 16 carbon atoms. Exemplary olefins that may be utilized herein are ethylene, 1-butene, 1-pentene, 1-hexene, 1-heptene, 1-octene, 4-methylpent-1-ene, 1-decene, 1-dodecene, 1-hexadecene and the like. Also utilizable herein are polyenes such as 1,3-hexadiene, 1,4-hexadiene, cyclopentadiene, dicyclopentadiene, 4-vinylcyclohex-1-ene, 1,5-cyclooctadiene, 5-vinylidene-2-norbornene, 5-vinyl-2-norbornene, and olefins formed in situ in the polymerization

medium. When olefins are formed in situ in the polymerization medium, the formation of propylene/olefin interpolymers containing long chain branching may occur.

4. Cyclic-olefin based polymers such as : A) Polymers based on monocyclic olefins having 4 to about 16 carbon atoms including: cyclobutene, cyclopentene, cyclohexene, cycloheptene, cyclooctene.

B) Monocyclic-olefin-based interpolymers including copolymers, terpolymers, and the like, of monocyclic olefin and at least one or more other olefins wherein the monocyclic olefin content is at least about 50% by weight of the total monomers involved. Preferably the olefins are alpha-olefins. The olefins, for example, may contain from 2 to 16 carbon atoms. Exemplary olefins that may be utilized herein are ethylene, 1-butene, 1-pentene, 1-hexene, 1-heptene, 1-octene, 4-methylpent-1-ene, 1-decene, 1-dodecene, 1-hexadecene and the like. Also utilizable herein are polyenes such as 1,3-hexadiene, 1,4-hexadiene, cyclopentadiene, dicyclopentadiene, 4-vinylcyclohex-1-ene, 1,5-cyclooctadiene, 5-vinylidene-2-norbornene, 5-vinyl-2-norbornene, and olefins formed in situ in the polymerization medium. When olefins are formed in situ in the polymerization medium, the formation of propylene/olefin interpolymers containing long chain branching may occur and.

C) Polymers based on multiple cyclic structures including bicyclic and tricyclic and fused ring systems such as norbornene, D) Multiplecyclic olefin based interpolymers including copolymers, terpolymers, and the like, of multiplecyclic olefin and at least one or more other olefins wherein the multiplecyclic olefin content is at least about 50% by weight of the total monomers involved. Preferably the olefins are alpha- olefins. The olefins, for example, may contain from 2 to 16 carbon atoms.

Exemplary olefins that may be utilized herein are ethylene, 1-butene, 1-pentene, 1-hexene, 1-heptene, 1-octene, 4-methylpent-1-ene, 1-decene, 1-dodecene, 1-hexadecene and the like. Also utilizable herein are polyenes such as 1,3-hexadiene, 1,4-hexadiene, cyclopentadiene, dicyclopentadiene, 4-vinylcyclohex-1-ene, 1,5-cyclooctadiene, 5-vinylidene-2-norbornene, 5-vinyl-2-norbornene, and olefins formed in situ in the polymerization medium. When olefins are formed in situ in the polymerization medium, the formation of multiplecyclic olefin/olefin interpolymers containing long chain branching may occur involved 5 Polymers based on 4-methyl-1-pentene such as.

A) Poly 4-methyl-1-pentene B) Poly 4-methyl-1-pentene interpolymers including copolymers, terpolymers, and the like, of 4-methyl-1-pentene and at least one or more other olefins wherein the 4-methyl-1-pentene content is at least about 50% by weight of the total monomers involved. Preferably the olefins are alpha-olefins. The

olefins, for example, may contain from 3 to 16 carbon atoms. Exemplary olefins that may be utilized herein are ethylene, propylene, 1-butene, 1-pentene, 1-hexene, 1-heptene, 1-octene, 1-decene, 1-dodecene, 1-hexadecene and the like. Also utilizable herein are polyenes such as 1,3-hexadiene, 1,4-hexadiene, cyclopentadiene, dicyclopentadiene, 4-vinylcyclohex-1-ene, 1,5-cyclooctadiene, 5-vinylidene-2-norbornene, 5-vinyl-2-norbornene, and olefins formed in situ in the polymerization medium. When olefins are formed in situ in the polymerization medium, the formation of 4-methyl-1-pentene/olefin interpolymers containing long chain branching may occur.

The first ethylene/alpha-olefin copolymer layer and the second polyolefin layer of the multi-layered structure are adherent to each other sufficiently to prevent delamination or separation of the layers of the multi-layered structure, especially during autoclaving conditions. As a result, there is no necessity for using an adhesive layer or tie layer in the multi-layered structures of the present invention.

In preparing the multi-layered structures of the present invention, the first layer comprising an ethylene/alpha-olefin copolymer having a density less than 0.916 g/cc and a melting point grater than 118°C, may also contain a radio frequency (RF) susceptible polymer. The presence of the RF susceptible polymer renders the first layer sealable to another substrate by use of radio frequencies greater than about 5 MHz. Any RF susceptible polymer may be utilized herein. In so doing, amounts of from about 5 to about 50 weight percent of the RF susceptible

polymer may be blended with from about 50 to about 95 weight percent of the ethylene/alpha-olefin copolymer layer.

Examples of RF susceptible polymers include, but are not limited to, ethylene copolymers having 50 to 85 percent ethylene content with comonomers selected from the group consisting of acrylic acid, methacrylic acid, ester derivatives of acrylic acid with alcohols having 1 to 10 carbons, ester derivatives of methacrylic acid with alcohols having 1 to 10 carbons, and vinyl acetate.

If desired, additional layers may be added to the two layer films described herein to impart additional or improved properties to the films, or to adapt the films to other uses. The number of layers required for any film will be usually determined by the end use.

Conventional additives may be incorporated into any or all of the layers of the multi-layered films of the present invention. Such additives include antiblocking agents, antioxidants, processing aids, pigments, antistatic agents, heat stabilizers, lubricants, dispersants, foaming agents, plasticizers, flame retardants, crosslinking agents, ultraviolet light absorbers, light stabilizers, weathering stabilizers, slip agents, antifogging agents, dyes, and the like.

The multi-layered structures of the present invention may be formed utilizing any method known in the art. For example, multi-layered structures may be formed by cast coextrusion using conventional techniques. The film or sheet may also be formed utilizing a hot blown process, particularly for thin films. Other processes that are available for forming the multi-layered films or sheets include extrusion coating and conventional lamination. Multi-layered structures other than

films or sheets may be formed utilizing any method known in the art, including profile extrusion, molding, thermoforming or lamination.

Articles of manufacture may be produced from the multi-layered structures of the present invention utilizing any conventional techniques. Such articles include containers, pouches and packages for medical purposes, and tubing, among others.

The invention will be more readily understood by reference to the following examples. There are, of course, many other forms of this invention which will become obvious to one skilled in the art, once the invention has been fully disclosed, and it will accordingly be recognized that these examples are given for the purpose of illustration only, and are not to be construed as limiting the scope of this invention in any way. All patents referred to herein are incorporated by reference in their entirety.

EXAMPLES In the following examples the test procedures listed below were used in evaluating the analytical properties of the polymeric materials herein and in evaluating the physical properties of the films of the examples. a) Density is determined according to ASTM D 4883 from a plaque made according to ASTM D 1928; b) Melt Index (MI) is determined in accord with ASTM D 1238, condition E, measured at 190°C, and reported as grams per 10 minutes ; c) Melting Peak Temperature (Tm) was determined in accordance with ASTM D 3418-97 using a Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC).

The Tm values listed in the tables are not true equilibrium melting points but are DSC peak temperatures of the melt transition recorded on the second heat cycle. In each case, approximately 10 mg of polymer sample was placed in an aluminum sample pan and the sample lid was crimped in place. The sample was then heated to 160°C at a rate of 50°C/minute and held at 160°C for 10 minutes. The sample was then cooled to-30C, at a rate of 10°C/minute while recording the freezing or crystallization curve. After holding for 2 minutes at-30°C, the second heat cycle was initiated and the sample was heated at a rate of 10°C/minute to a final temperature of 160°C while recording the heating curve. The melting peak temperature, Tm, was obtained from the melt transition on the heating curve of the second heat cycle. d) Autoclavability-Film specimens were prepared 1 inch wide by 4 inches long (machine direction). A line was drawn 0.5 inches from each end of the strip with a permanent marker providing a 3-inch test length. A static weight of approximately 100 grams was connected to one end of the specimen at the drawn line. A clip was attached to the other end at the drawn line and the specimens with the 100 gram static weight were hung in a Pelton & Crane model Delta 10 autoclave. The specimens were sterilized for one hour at 121°C. After cooling, samples were removed and measured to determine change in length. This test was conducted 3 times for each specimen and the results reported are an

average. For purposes of this test procedure, a structure is considered to be autoclavable if the change in length is less than 60%.

EXAMPLE 1 In Example 1, there was prepared by coextrusion a two layered film comprising a first layer of an ethylene copolymer having a density of less than 0.916 g/cc and a melting peak temperature of greater than 118°C and a second polyolefin layer that is autoclavable as defined herein. The material used in forming the first layer of the two layered structure is MXSTEN CM27057-F. ethylene-hexene copolymer having a density of 0.910 g/cc and a melting peak temperature of 124°C, a trademarked product commercially available from Eastman Chemical Company, Kingsport, Tennessee. The ethylene-hexene copolymer was extruded through a 3.5 inch Davis Standard, 24: 1 L/D (length/diameter) single screw extruder with set temperatures on the extruder barrel and adapter of 500°F. The ethylene-hexene copolymer was also extruded through a 1.25 inch Killion 24: 1 L/D single screw extruder with set temperatures on the extruder barrel and adapter of 500°F. The material used in forming the second layer of the film structure is Union Carbide's Polypropylene DS6D82 propylene- ethylene copolymer, that was extruded through a 1.5 inch Davis Standard, 24: 1 L/D single screw extruder with set temperatures on the extruder barrel of 500°F and adapter of 540°F. The materials met and passed through a Production Components Masterflow II Three-Layer Co-Extrusion Block followed by a 30 inch Extrusion

Dies, Inc., Ultraflex U40 film die, 1 inch land length with 40 mils die opening with die temperatures set at 500°F to provide a film. The film has a total thickness of about 8.5 mils, the first layer having about 6.9 mils thickness and the other layer having about 1.6 mils thickness. The results obtained from testing of the multi- layered film are reported in Tables I and II.

EXAMPLE 2 In Example 2, a two layered film was produced by coextrusion. The material used in forming the first layer of the two layered structure is MXSTEN CM27050-F. ethylene-hexene copolymer having a density of 0.906 g/cc and a melting peak temperature of 124°C, a trademarked product commercially available from Eastman Chemical Company. The ethylene-hexene copolymer was extruded through a 2.0 inch Davis Standard, 30: 1 L/D single screw extruder with set temperatures on the extruder barrel of 500°-530°F and adapter of 530°F. The material used in forming the other layer of the film structure, Union Carbide Polypropylene DS6D82 propylene-ethylene copolymer, was extruded through a 1.25 inch Killion 24: 1 L/D single screw extruder with set temperatures on the extruder barrel of 500°F and adapter of 540°F. The materials met and passed through a Production Components Masterflow II Three-Layer Co-Extrusion Block followed by a 30 inch Extrusion Dies, Inc., Ultraflex U40 film die, 1 inch land length with 40 mils die opening with die temperatures set at 500°F to provide a film. The film has a total thickness of about 8.4 mils, the first layer having about

7.2 mils thickness and the other layer having about 1.2 mils thickness. The results obtained from testing of the multi-layered film are reported in Table I.

EXAMPLE 3 In Example 3, a two layered film was produced by coextrusion. The material used in forming the first layer of the two layered film structure is MXSTEN CM27057-F ethylene-hexene copolymer described in Example 1, that was extruded through a 2.0 inch Davis Standard, 30: 1 L/D single screw extruder with set temperatures on the extruder barrel and adapter of 430°F. The material used in forming the second layer of the film structure, Huntsman Homopolymer Polypropylene P4-G2Z-073A, was extruded through a 1.25 inch Killion, 24: 1 L/D single screw extruder with set temperatures on the extruder barrel and adapter of 550°F. The Huntsman P4-G2Z-073A polypropylene was also extruded through a 1.0 inch Killion 24: 1 L/D single screw extruder with set temperatures on the extruder barrel of 550°-600°F. and adapter of 550°F. The materials met and passed through a Production Components Masterflow II Three-Layer Co-Extrusion Block followed by a 30 inch Extrusion Dies, Inc., Ultraflex U40 film die, 1 inch land length with 40 mils die opening with die temperatures set at 530°F to provide a film. The film has a total thickness of about 8.2 mils, the first layer having about 7.2 mils thickness and the other layer having about 1.0 mil thickness. The results obtained from testing of the multi-layered film are reported in Table I.

TABLE I-AUTOCLAVABILITY Film of Example% Stretch After Sterilization zoo 242 3 0

TABLE I : t-FILM PROPERTIES FOR FILM OF EXAMPLE 1 PropertyTest Method PPT Tear Strength, MD (N) ASTM D 2582 136 Tensile Strength @ Break, MD(MPa)ASTM D 882 32. 3 Elongation @ Break, MD (%) ASTM D 882 1132 Tensile Modulus, 1% Secant, MD (MPa) ASTM D 882 215.7 Dart Impact Strength, 23°C (g)ASTM D 1709 No Break

From the above data, it is apparent that the films of Examples 1,2 and 3 are autoclavable. Moreover, the data for Example 1 indicates that the multi-layered film has a useful range of properties.

The films of Examples 1-3 after sterilization were visually inspected for clarity and delamination of layers. It was observed that the films were clear and there was no evidence of delamination.

EXAMPLE 4 The process of Example 1 is followed with the exception that in place of the ethylene-hexene copolymer, there is utilized ATTANE 4201 ethylene-octene copolymer having a density of 0.912 g/cc and a melting peak temperature of 122°C.

The ATTANE 4201 copolymer is a trademarked product commercially available from Dow Chemical Company. There is expected to be produced a suitable multi- layered film.

It should be clearly understood that the forms of the invention herein described are illustrative only and are not intended to limit the scope of the invention. The present invention includes all modifications falling within the scope of the following claims.