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Medical Plasma Bonding

Plasma Etch, Inc. has a history of working hand-in-hand with the medical industry and is committed to providing unparalleled plasma bonding and treatment solutions for every possible application. Some of these applications include:

Plasma Cleaning for Various IndustriesCleaning
Removes contaminants and residue from material surfaces
Plasma Bonding for Various IndustriesPlasma Bonding
Facilitates the direct bonding of materials
Plasma Adhesion for Various IndustriesAdhesion
Prepares surfaces for coating, painting, etc
Plasma Polymerization for Various IndustriesPolymerization
Enables polymerization via gaseous monomers
Plasma Activation for Various IndustriesActivation
Alters surface properties to create functional regions

Applications for the Medical Industry

Our plasma bonding systems are currently being employed in the following areas for purposes such as cleaning, etching, bonding, surface activation, and increasing manufacturability:

  • Cardiac Rhythm Devices
  • Catheters, Stents
  • Contact Lenses
  • Electronics
  • Filters
  • 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 bonding treatment on both the catheter and the tubing to dramatically increase the bonding of these parts together. Plasma bonding 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 and increased bonding capability that was received on their test sample.
Surgical Instruments Case Study