Plasma Etch, Inc. has a history of working hand-in-hand with the medical industry and is committed to providing unparalleled plasma treatment solutions for every possible application. Some of these applications include:
CleaningRemoves contaminants and residue from material surfaces
BondingFacilitates the direct bonding of materials
AdhesionPrepares surfaces for coating, painting, etc
PolymerizationEnables polymerization via gaseous monomers
ActivationAlters surface properties to create functional regions
Applications for the Medical Industry
Our plasma treatment systems are currently being employed in the following areas for purposes such as cleaning, etching, surface activation, and increasing manufacturability:
- Cardiac Rhythm Devices
- Catheters, Stents
- Contact Lenses
- Microfluidics Wettability
- Tack Reduction
Medical Case Studies
Medical Catheter Case Study
Client: Leading Medical Catheter Production Company
Parts: Catheters - Polyethylene/Teraphalate
Contaminates: Hydrocarbons (molding residues)
Equipment Used: Plasma Etch System, Model BT-1
The parts processed were catheters constructed of polyethylene shafts with polyethylene teraphalate (P.E.T) balloons. The client, a leading medical catheter producer, requested plasma treatment on both the catheter and the tubing to dramatically increase the bonding of these parts together. Plasma treatment with a Plasma Etch, Inc. BT-1 using an argon - oxygen plasma increased bond strength by over 50%.
Additionally, the pre-treatment allowed the client more options to integrate different materials in their catheters. This has led to increased production and enhanced reliability that is so crucial in the medical industry.
This client chose Plasma Etch, Inc. due to the uniform etch that was received on their test sample.
Surgical Instruments Case Study