Medex

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Description

[Medite Corp.] A brand name for a moisture resistant, medium-density fiberboard (MDF) that is made from cellulosic fibers bonded with a polyurea-isocyantate resin, then compressed into a hardboard. Medex is waterproof, smooth, heavier than plywood and slightly acidic (pH=5.5). Medex uses a formaldehyde-free adhesive but the wood fibers may still emit small amounts of organic acids such as acetic acid. Medex is sustainable using a 100% post-industrial recycled wood fiber.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Properties

Handling and Workability

  • Standard wood product finishing processes. Medex can be painted, stained, laminated, veneered or covered with display fabric.
  • Readily accepts and holds hardware including staples, screws, other wood fastening hardware. Ideal for pressure fitting mounts.

Hazards and Safety

Produces fine wood dust. Potential eye and respiratory irritant. Dust should be collected by suction cleaning equipment. Any wood product may release organic acids with time.

Risks to Collection Materials

Collection Material Risk
Pb, Zn, Cd metals Corrosion
Calcium based objects (limestone, shell, coral, pearl) Efflorescence
Some color photographs Fading
Pb glazed ceramics Efflorescence

Forms and Sizes

  • Panels available in 4' and 5' widths and lengths up to 18'.
  • Thicknesses ranging from 3/8" - 1 and 1/4".

Applications for Storage, Exhibit and Transport

  • Medex is commonly used as a structural material for pedestals, display decks, display panels and risers.

Additional Information

Links to Oddy Test results posted on AIC Wiki Materials Database Pages for individual materials below

  • IMA 2016

Sources Checked for Data in Record

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