Expanding Medical Coatings and More

Products Finishing's March issue covers one company's expansion in medical coatings, how powder coating enables at-home recreation and more.

The Road to Recovery

The past few issues of Products Finishing have touched on how different market sectors have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. As we come to the end of the year, PF editor-in-chief Scott Francis takes time to reflect on the manufacturing industry’s response during the COVID era and to contemplate finishing’s role in the medical sector.


A Conversation With Will Wallace of SAT Plating

SAT Plating general manager Will Wallace talks to Products Finishing about his company’s surface activation technology, plating on composites, and what the changing manufacturing landscape might mean for platers.


Hard Chrome Enterprises Inc. Acquired

The plating company has served the aerospace, automotive, medical and consumer sectors since 1969. 

Parts Cleaning

Reshoring of Medical Equipment With an Eye on Electropolishing

Hubbard-Hall prepares to help surface finishers seeking to implement electropolishing processes in order to take advantage of reshoring efforts to bring production work back to the U.S.


CFS Expands Electropolishing Services to Additional Markets

After providing electropolishing services to the industrial manufacturing industry for more than 20 years, Custom Fab Solutions has announced it is expanding its offerings to additional markets including food and beverage, medical devices and aerospace.

Perstorp Converts Production to Solve Swedish National Disinfection Crisis

Perstorp started large-scale production of hand sanitizer and surface disinfectant for the Swedish healthcare sector in response to COVID-19.

Smog-Eating Graphene Composite Coating Reduces Atmospheric Pollution

Study found that when titania is exposed to sunlight, it degrades nitrogen oxides which are harmful to human health.

Liquid Coating

Grieve's Electric Shelf Oven Dries Medical Equipment

Grieve’s No. 881 is a 250°F electric shelf oven designed to dry water from medical equipment.


Cleaning, Pretreatment to Meet Medical Specs ISO 13485 or FDA 21 CFR820

Maximilian Kessler from SurTec explains new practices for industrial parts cleaning, metal pretreatment and decorative electroplating in the medical device industry.


Firearms and Flatware Feed Silvex’s Growing Electroplating Operation

It’s obvious that Silvex specializes in silver, but its processes also reach into the defense, aerospace, power generation and medical industries.

Parts Cleaning

3 Ways Advances in Cleaning and Coatings Drive Medical Device Innovation

Jay Tourigny of MicroCare Medical says that advances in medical devices come with many benefits but also bring new challenges related to cleaning and coatings.


The Value of PVD Coatings for Medical Devices

Applying a PVD coating to medical devices can offer both aesthetic and functional advantages. Here are answers to some frequently asked questions.


Medical Industry Shows Signs of Strength

Gardner Intelligence’s chief economist, Michael Guckes, says company earnings and economic data both indicate short- and long-term growth for manufacturers in the medical industry.

Safety Considerations for Industrial Paint/Powder Storage

Paint, powders and other chemicals used in the finishing industry can pose serious health and safety risks when not stored properly. Here are some tips for safe material storage. 

Powder Coating

Axalta Gifts Mobility to Kids with Physical Disabilities

Axalta Coating Systems partnered with Atrium Health’s Jeff Gordon Children’s Hospital, Hendrick Motorsports, LP Building Products and GoBabyGo! to build custom vehicles for children with mobility issues.

Powder Coating

Thin-Film Technology Powers Wisconsin Powder Coater

Basic American Medical Products uses a phosphorus-free pretreatment to improve first-pass-product yield and performance durability.

Devices Offer Diagnostics for Improved pH/ORP Monitoring, Control

GF Piping Systems will feature Signet 2751 DryLoc pH/ORP Smart Sensor Electronics at Sur/Fin 2018, designed for probe health, glass impedance and broken glass detection for improved pH/oxidation-reduction potential (ORP) monitoring and control.


An Electropolishing Family Affair

Mother and daughter team up to run a Brooklyn finishing shop that focuses on the medical sector.

New Coating Enables Medical Equipment Manufacturers to Operate at Higher Voltages, Reduced Size

Charge dissipative (CD) coating capability for ceramic parts was launched at RSNA 2017 in Chicago in supporting the development of increasingly compact medical equipment.                 


Nickel: Science, Health and the Future - The 52nd William Blum Lecture

This presentation is the 52nd William Blum Lecture, presented at SUR/FIN 2015 in Rosemont, Illinois on June 8, 2015. In this lecture, Dr. Hudson Bates discusses the nickel research in his group at the Nickel Producers Environmental Research Association (NiPERA), which impact occupational health and environmental issues for nickel.  This includes nano-particulates, toxicity of mixtures, ambient air effects, and providing good science in regulatory matters.


Medical Coatings That Fight Back

A University of Georgia researcher is developing technology that helps medical implants resist infection and clotting.

Powder Coating

Proper Testing of a Powder Coat Finish

Manufacturer shows how it performs extensive tests on powder coated medical carts.


Coating to Help Europe's Telecom Satellites Keep Their Cool

A surface coating originally developed for medical implants is set to safeguard the next generation of European telecom satellites.

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