A nitriding technology that can be applied at low temperatures to nonconductive materials to improve wear and corrosion resistance has been acquired by ALD Vacuum Technologies GmbH, an engineering unit of AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group NV. It is the first nitriding technology that is capable of treating the surface of biomaterials, according to the company.
The proprietary process relies on active screen plasma nitriding (ASPN) to add nitrogen and create a specific nitride layer in the material. This modification improves the material’s mechanical strength, corrosion resistance and electrical conductivity.
To keep up to date on other developments in medical-grade materials, you may be interested in checking out the conference schedules for the upcoming MEDTEC UK (London Olympia) and MD&M East (Philadelphia) events, both of which have sessions devoted to medical polymers.
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