Orthopedic Implant Coating Technologies Review

As implant requirements evolve, so do coating and sintering technologies. This article provides the background, benefits and limitations of sintered, spherical, asymmetric, porous foam, plasma spray and titanium on PEEK processes and coatings and explores the market challenges and next generation coatings.

MD&M West: Here’s what you may have missed

MD&M West is one of the largest medical device manufacturing events in the world, so it’s easy to lose your way on the show floor. Even if you were in Anaheim, Calif., for the February 2018 event, you may have missed a lot. From Omron to Micromo to MedPlast to Apex Motion Control, WTWH Media

Morgan Advanced Materials touts new CD coating

Morgan Advanced Materials’s Technical Ceramics business announced that it is launching a charge dissipative (CD) coating for ceramic parts to support the development of compact medical equipment. Reduced size and improved resolution and imaging performance is in high demand for medical diagnostic imaging equipment like CT scanners and mobile X-ray machines. Morgan’s CD coating of

Tekni-Plex to tout films and closures at InnoPack

Tekni-Plex will be touting its latest films and closure liners for medical devices at CPHI InnoPack. The event is scheduled to take place Oct. 24–26 in Frankfurt, Germany. The company plans to showcase its Flexapharm ultra high-barrier PVDC SBC coating that offers multiple barrier features for pharmaceuticals at booth 42H70. Tekni-Plex also plans to feature its

What are orthopedic coatings?

Here are some important facts medical device designers need to know about orthopedic coatings, courtesy of Orchid. An orthopedic coating is used on implants to help improve the functionality of an implant. Usually, the coatings can help define the geometry and the mechanical strength of an implant, according to Orchid (Holt, Mich.). Coatings can be applied to

Heraeus Medical Components acquires Biotectix

Heraeus Medical Components is acquiring conductive polymer materials maker Biotectix. The deal, announced yesterday, will allow Heraeus to boost its medical electrode coating capabilities. Better electrode coatings equal better performance of sensing and stimulation electrodes used in diagnostic and therapeutic medical devices. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. “We constantly work with our medical

Orthopedic implant coatings: This webinar will explore their application and development

This webinar was recorded live on Tuesday, October 3, 2017. Click below to watch on demand.     This webinar will explore the different types of orthopedic coatings and their typical applications. What are the benefits and limitations of each and when would you choose one over the other? We will also discuss why orthopedic

GI Plastek expands in-house capabilities

GI Plastek (Wolfeboro, N.H.) – a specialist in large to medium complex molded products – announced this month that it has significantly expanded its in-house electromagnetic interference (EMI) and radio frequency interference (RFI) shielding capabilities. GI Plastek’s new mechanized production paint line is housed in a new 9,000-square-foot paint facility. The paint line allows GI Platek

Nexus IE creates catheter coating test system for BioInteractions

Product consultancy Nexus Intelligent Engineering (Nexus IE) has designed and developed a fully automated catheter coating test system for medical device coatings supplier BioInteractions. Nexus IE (Witchford, U.K.) designed the BIOFriC 1000 fto measure the coefficient of friction of coated catheters. The test system could have uses in both  medical R&D laboratories and product manufacturing

How plasma treatments are driving up the value of plastic labware

By altering the surface properties of polymer labware through plasma treatments and coatings, manufacturers are improving the quality of test results while increasing value of products they create. Jeff Elliott, for PVA TePla America Each year, billions of multi-well plates, pipettes, bottles, flasks, vials, Eppendorf tubes, culture plates and other polymer labware items are manufactured for

Brain implants last longer if they’re smaller: Here’s how

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have recently suggested that if electrodes implanted in the brain were smaller, the devices could last much longer. Diseases like Parkinson’s disease can be treated with electrical stimulations from electrodes that have been implanted in the brain. Implanted electrodes, however, can cause scarring which can make the electrodes less effective

Slips Technologies raises $9m for coatings tech

Slips Technologies said today that it raised nearly $9 million for the super-slippery coating it’s developing, including a $3 million grant from a U.S. Energy Dept. agency. Named for its technology, “slippery liquid-infused porous surfaces,” the Cambridge, Mass.-based company’s coating is designed to create a self-healing liquid layer that’s too slippery for other fluids to adhere

Johnson & Johnson Innovation backs 3D printing, coatings and contact lenses

Johnson & Johnson Innovation, the incubation arm of healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ), said today that it’s investing in a variety of medical device and pharmaceutical programs, including 3D printing, coatings and contact lenses. The new”investments and strategic transactions” feature a joint effort with MIT spinout Inkbit Corp., which is developing “a unique multi-material

This bacterial discovery could prevent biofilms

Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin have discovered a potential new way to eliminate biofilms to reduce the number of hospital-borne infections. Biofilms are a group of microorganisms that stick to a surface. Over time, the cells in the biofilm can grow and cause chronic infections and can even become resistant to antibiotics.

Laser ablation and medical device manufacturing: what you need to know

David Van de Wall, Amada Miyachi Europe Laser ablation is gaining popularity for medical device applications that require stripping of coatings on cylindrical components like hypotubes and guide wires. It is also being widely used for advanced surface treatments, including discoloration or foaming of plastics and darkening or annealing of metal parts. Offering a repeatable