All of the coatings that Vitek utilizes for medical applications are USP Class VI and 510(k), FDA compliant. They meet all of the medical industry’s most demanding requirements.
Our coatings for medical instruments need to pass very stringent requirements:
- Electrical insulation
- RF characteristics
- Chemical resistance
- Sterilization resistance
- Mechanical functionality
- Arc Resistance
The safety requirements for a coating are especially important. The risk of injury from electrical shock to the surgeon and the patient can be extremely high if the metal components are not properly insulated. Electrosurgical instruments coated by Vitek have more reliable properties than heat-shrink tubing and polymer over molding. These other approaches have limited material choices, coating thicknesses, and can have voids between the substrate and the covering. They also do not conform to complex geometric shapes as well. Vitek coatings have better adherence, do not have voids, and can completely cover complex geometries. Learn more about our parylene coatings.
In addition to enhanced electric insulation, Vitek’s composite coatings also provide features which are essential in electrosurgical and laparoscopic procedures. Examples are:
- Resistance to abrasion, scratching, and cutting
- Low coefficient of friction
Most importantly, these coatings can be applied to both disposable and reusable instruments. These coatings can be sterilized repeatedly in all media including gamma radiation, ethylene oxide and steam autoclaving.
Examples of medical products coated by Vitek:
- Polymeric/ metallic tubes
- Blades, cutters and ablators
- Bipolar and Monopolar devices
- Dental devices
- Laboratory devices
- Surgical Instruments
- Medical electronics
Vitek provides coating services to some of the world’s largest medical instrument manufacturers. We are experienced in the research and development cycle from product conception through mass market release with both large and small companies.