In the medical industry, much consideration needs to be taken in regards to sanitation, as well as protection for sensitive equipment in harsh environments. Conformal coating solutions help you to bring your safety standards to a new level of quality. In terms of conformal coatings, parylene tends to be the most popular conformal coating for medical equipment due to its biocompatibility, as well as its extremely thin features and the protection it offers against fluids and solvents.

Typical medical applications for conformal coatings include:

  • Electronic Equipment
  • Stents
  • Catheters
  • Probes
  • Needles
  • Electrosurgical Tools
  • Implantable Devices

Stent Coating Services

An Associate member of Thin Film Partners has developed proprietary coating methods and technology to uniformly and reproducibly coat coronary and peripheral stents. We can now provide coating services for both device manufacturers and academic institutions for a variety of applications.

We will provide services ranging from coating formulation (drug, no drug, polymer, solvent carrier) to stent crimping and sterilization. Our coating experience is in processing both permanent (biostable) and biodegradable polymeric formulations on metallic and biodegradable stent substrates. We have coated a variety of stent sizes including small configurations for mouse implantation and drug testing, a “mouse stent” with a 0.635 mm diameter and an overall length of 2.5 mm; and large diameter peripheral devices with a 7.00 mm diameter and an overall length of 40 mm.

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We are experienced in coating a variety of drug compositions/combination including Sirolimus (Rapamycin), Everolimus, Biolimus A9, Zotarolimus, Paclitaxel, Pimecrolimus, Trapidil, and proprietary protein drugs.

Thin Film Partners will support customers in all phases of their development. We have supported drug device development companies seeking to coat a variety of devices with their specific drugs. We provide coated components and coating technology to customers, saving the customer both process development time and eliminating the need to purchase custom specific and expensive tooling and process equipment.

Thin Film Partners provides the following Stent Coating Services:

  • Coat stents with polymer or polymer and drug
  • Provide coating weights of polymer, drug, by use of 0.1 microgram Mettler UMX5 balance
  • Provide formulation guidance, including the selection of polymer, solvent, and drug to polymer ratio

Capabilities include the following secondary services

  • Inspection and sorting both bare metal stents (BMS) and biodegradable stents
  • Cleaning stents
  • The application of primer(s)
  • Providing stents
  • Providing balloon catheters
  • Crimping of stents onto catheters
  • Packaging
  • Sterilization
  • Other unique customer services

These are just a few of the many applications for conformal coatings in the medical industry. To learn which conformal coating is perfect for your need, please contact us today!