Biomedical Coatings

Jaro Corp., Ipswich, MA, Jaro Corp has added the capability to apply an advanced two-component polyurethane coating. Polane 8400 provides a biocompatible, chemically resistant, and durable surface finish appearance to meet medical device requirements. Suitable for both smooth and textured finishes, the coating can be applied to most metal, plastic, and composite base materials. The finish not only protects the material surface, but also remains inert during patient contact. It meets ISO 10993 standards.

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UV Epoxy

EpoxySet, Woonsocket, RI, offers a light-activated chemistry that allows for fast processing. Flashbond UV-5608DC also allows for fixturing of parts even if both parts are opaque. The one-part epoxy is blue-light activated from 365 to 405 nm with an intensity of about 150 mW/cm2 for 5–10 sec. Parts are then mated together and aligned within 45–60 sec of activation. The adhesive yields green strength after 30 min for handling. Full cure occurs over the next 16 hours at room temperature.

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Tubing

A phthalate-free tubing is available from NewAge Industries, Southampton, PA. In addition, Clearflo 70 tubing meets USP Class VI requirements and is made from nontoxic ingredients conforming to FDA standards. It features a glass-like clarity lets users view fluid flow. It offers smooth surfaces for outstanding flow and flexibility with light weight and abrasion resistance. The tubing is designed to handle a variety of chemicals, gases, and liquids.

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Thermoplastic Compounds

RTP Company, Winona, MN, has developed a selection of thermoplastic compounds that provide strength, durability, color, flame retardance, wear and chemical resistance, and more for surgical robotic systems. The materials are suitable for robotic systems and housings; monitor components like housings, bezels, bases, and tool holders; reusable instruments such as cannulas, trocar housings, grasper tips, and endo ports; single-use tools such as surgical forceps, shears, tweezers and tool housings; and medical staplers.

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This article first appeared in the March, 2020 issue of Medical Design Briefs Magazine.

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