Archive for the ‘Coating’ Category

Diamond-Like Coating Technique Improves Production Rates, Enables Nano-Scale Applications

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

Because of their wear resistance and ability to extend a product's life cycle, diamond-like coatings (DLCs) have been popular with medical device manufacturers, especially for implantable applications. Now, a Finland-based coating company has developed a technique for depositing diamond-like films on a range of substrates via a proprietary ultra-short pulsed ...

New Parylene Coating Incorporates Antimicrobial Technology

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Specialty Coating Systems has introduced a new parylene coating that integrates antimicrobial technology. SCS microRESIST combines the benefits of biocompatible parylene with antimicrobial properties to eliminate harmful microorganisms on coated medical devices. Headquartered in Indianapolis, IN, USA, the company operates European facilities in the United Kingdom, Czech Republic and Ireland.

Low-Temperature Nitriding Technology Can Be Applied to Biomaterials

Monday, April 15th, 2013

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 ...

Instron Introduces Polyurethane Cover to Protect Testing Systems from Liquid

Monday, December 17th, 2012

Instron, a provider of testing equipment designed to evaluate mechanical properties of materials and components, has introduced BioCoat: a polyurethane protective cover designed for Instron Series 5940 single column testing systems. Applications performed on the systems include mechanical low-force in-vitro testing of biomaterials and components as well as materials for ...

Licorice-Laced Nanocoating Protects Biologic Components during Sterilisation

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Here's something you might not know about licorice. Many medical products must be sterilised to prevent putting the patient at risk of infection, but the sterilisation process itself can be hazardous to biological components, which increasingly are used to functionalise devices. Researchers from Germany and Austria have tested a nanocoating ...

European Researchers Develop Pectin-Based Coatings to Improve Biocompatibility of Implants

Monday, September 10th, 2012

Medical devices that come in contact with human tissue must be carefully designed to avoid the rejection of implants, for instance. One way of enhancing biocompatibility is application of specialised coatings. European researchers have been working on developing biologically-based coatings that encourage cell activity and colonisation of implants at the same ...

Self-Cleaning Antimicrobial Coating Developed

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_28249" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Click to enlarge."][/caption] French company Ionitec, a subsidiary of Surfaces Synergie (Maîche, France), has developed an antimicrobial and self-cleaning titanium dioxide (TiO2) coating. The functional properties of the coating are triggered by exposure to a UV light source resulting in photocatalysis. The material and process have been ...

Nanothin Coating Enables Bone Growth on PEEK Implants

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

The Swedish medical device company Promimic has announced that a new study demonstrates that its nanothin implant coating HAnano Surface enables the implant material PEEK to integrate with bone. PEEK is a popular implant material, but implants made of PEEK typically require a coating to facilitate bone integration. 

Free Webcast Explores Innovations in Conformal Coating Technologies for Medtech Applications

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

In the free webcast Innovative Conformal Coating Technologies for Advanced Medical Devices on 3 May 2012, participants will learn how parylene has solved device performance and material challenges. Coatings have been used in the medical device industry for more than 30 years to modify electrical and friction properties, enhance chemical ...

Antimicrobial Coating Developed by University of Manchester Researchers Could Reduce Need to Replace Catheters

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

Researchers at the University of Manchester are developing a new antimicrobial coating for catheters, according to a Society for General Microbiology press release. The coating could potentially also be used for other medical implants, such as artificial heart valves and prosthetic devices. The team has investigated several positively charged compounds, ...

University of Sheffield Installs World-Class Surface Engineering Research System

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Tecvac Ltd (Cambridge, UK) has designed and built a surface engineering research machine for the Research Centre in Surface Engineering at the University of Sheffield. Combining two physical vapour deposition coating technologies in a single production-scale vacuum chamber, the Tecvac IP 70 will be used both for fundamental research and ...

Medical Device Manufacturers Must Engage with Start-Ups

Monday, February 13th, 2012

Guest blog from Paul Wilkins, Senior Consultant, Sagentia (Cambridge, UK) Bringing a radical technology to market is very difficult but the rewards—to inventors and the industry as a whole—can be phenomenal. Many large companies have put significant or risky R&D programmes on hold until economic conditions improve, and so start-ups are ...