Surface Treatment

  • Electrostatic Coating System
    The AccuJet electrostatic coating system developed by Spraying Systems Co. is designed to help manufacturers cope with the many challenges involved in stent coating.  
    (September, 2014)
  • Waging War on Hospital-Acquired Infections
    A new generation of antimicrobial adhesive technology brings lethal force to the battle against hospital-acquired infections. Anne Wibaux and Barbara Van Rymenam, Vancive Medical Technologies, Mentor, OH, USA, and Turnhout, Belgium
    (December, 2013)
  • Atmospheric Plasma Treatment Increases Breathability of Medical Textiles
    Atmospheric plasma surface treatment is suitable for nonwowen textiles and can be used for surgical masks, gowns and drapes.
    (August, 2013)
  • In Focus: Low-Pressure Plasma Technology and other Surface Treatments
    Low-Pressure Plasma Technology Treats Sensors in Cleanroom Environment Diener electronic cleans sensors made of polypropylene with low-pressure plasma. To guarantee the conductivity and adhesive properties of sensors for implants—sensors made of polyamide 6 with a fibreglass piece and head of...
    (November, 2012)
  • Technical Heat Treatments for Surgical Instruments and Implants
    Since 1950 Härterei Gerster AG has been a recognised specialist for technical heat treatments. A comprehensive service package based on qualified consulting and a great variety of installations provides customised solutions for each kind of heat treatment need. The sizes ranges from the small...
    (September, 2011)
  • Laser-Marking System Designed for Permanent Metal and Plastic Marking Applications
    Epilog Laser, a producer of CO2 and fibre-laser engraving, marking and cutting systems, offers the 50-W FiberMark unit, which is reportedly the first flying-optics laser system designed for permanent metal and plastic marking applications. The system is designed for creating bar codes, data-matrix c...
    (May, 2010)
  • Building Better Surfaces
    Developments in electrospinning are set to provide novel nanofibre-based structures including intelligent coatings that promote the growth of bone tissue into an implant.
    (October, 2009)
  • Micro Abrasive Blasting Delivers 21st Century Stents
    As the applications for stents expand, contract manufacturers have responded with improvements in manufacturing operations.
    (September, 2009)
  • Novel Technology for the Surface Modification of Biomedical Polymers
    A permanent, molecular level layer, water based surface modification technology has been developed that can be applied to the external and internal polymer surfaces of high value catheters. Its characteristics, advantages and applications are discussed here.
    (January, 2009)
  • Functionalising Surfaces at the Nanoscale Using Plasma Technology
    Plasma technology offers a highly effective toolbox for nanoscale surface engineering of materials. The potential variety of nanoscale features and new properties that can be achieved are reviewed here.
    (January, 2009)
  • Approaches to the Physico–Chemical and Mechanical Characterisation of Functional Coatings, Part I
    It is asserted that by understanding the science behind the coating, developers will be able to produce formulations and robust manufacturing processes that deliver a medical device/combination product that consistently meets requirements. To meet this objective, Part 1 of this article focuses on th...
    (October, 2008)
  • Functional Colour Coatings Safeguard against Bacterial Contamination
      Sourcing Hotline   Bio-Gate AG's (Bremen, Germany; www.bio-gate.de) plasma-based coatings for implants and medical instruments are available in seven colours. The silver-based HyProtect coatings safeguard against bacterial contamination. The degree of surface hydrophilicity and hydr...
    (September, 2008)
  • Ultrahard Coatings Suited for Surgical Implants
      Sourcing Hotline   Biocompatible, wear-resistant, ultrahard, and high-lubricity coatings can be applied to metal surgical implants, medical instruments, probes, and accessories by Tecvac Ltd. (Swavesey, Cambs, UK; www.tecvac.co.uk) that has developed physical-vapour-deposition (PVD) ...
    (May, 2008)
  • The Evolving Functionalities Of Coatings
    Coatings that mediate the interface between biological tissue and implant are arguably some of the most critical material components that affect the performance of a medical device. Developments in coatings for catheters and stents are reviewed here and include biodegradable and cell signalling coat...
    (January, 2008)
  • In Brief
    INDUSTRY NEWS SurModics and OakRiver Technology Sign Agreement to Develop Device-Coating Systems SurModics (Eden Prairie, MN, USA) and OakRiver Technology (Oakdale, MN, USA) have signed a partnership deal to develop and manufacture coating equipment for the medical device indust...
    (January, 2008)
  • A Hydrophilic Technology For Intermittent Urinary Catheters
    A biocompatible and highly lubricous hydrophilic coating has been developed for intermittent urinary catheters. The coating has additives incorporated into it, which reduce the drying out of the catheter when it is inserted into the urethra, and antimicrobial agents can be incorporated into it to mi...
    (January, 2008)
  • Surface Treatment Process Delivers Multiple Solutions
    Microabrasive blasting lends itself to automated systems
    (November, 2007)
  • Thin Film Metrology
    Thin film metrology is suitable for characterising and performing quality control of a variety of coatings and films used in medical applications. The capabilities of today’s systems are described.
    (October, 2007)
  • Stent Development: A Surface Issue
    The research surrounding stent development has found surface analysis techniques to be invaluable tools. As this product sector works on its next-generation devices, combining the use of these techniques is providing critical qualitative and quantitative data. The value to other products that involv...
    (September, 2007)
  • Optical System Measures Uneven Surface Coatings
    The German state is home to a dense network of med-tech suppliers
    (September, 2007)
  • Optimising Laser Marking
    More aggressive sterilisation techniques are putting laser marks to the test. A study has determined how to enhance the laser marking process.
    (May, 2007)
  • Picosecond Laser Machining
    Laser machining technology can be used to create micro features and discrete parts of a few microns in size in any material. The latest technology and its capabilities are described.
    (May, 2007)
  • Coating Firm Appoints US Business Development Manager
      INDUSTRY NEWS   Jim Rooney Coating specialist InteliCoat (Wrexham, Clwyd, UK) has appointed Jim Rooney business development manager for its medical division in the United S...
    (January, 2007)
  • Modifying Surfaces and Interfaces For Improved Biomaterial Performance
    Greater understanding of the fundamental processes that drive a body’s response to an implant material is leading to new approaches in biomaterial surface engineering. Some recent work is reported. The discussion looks, respectively, at the important roles of the surface water layer and micros...
    (January, 2007)
  • Improving the Surface Friction of Silicone Elastomer Parts
    The relatively high coefficient of friction of silicone elastomers can limit the range of applications of these materials. A liquid silicone rubber top coat can be used to improve surface friction of silicone elastomer parts. It can be applied using conventional coating methods. The performance bene...
    (January, 2007)