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How can Plasma Surface Treatments Improve Medical Plastics?

April 9, 2015

How can Plasma Surface Treatments Improve Medical Plastics?

We recently worked with a medical manufacturer who was unaware that plasma surface treatments could improve the performance of plastics. Which made me realize this would be an ideal topic to review! How can plasma treatments solve tough medical challenges such as improving adhesion or wetting?

Here’s a recent application straight from our lab, where we helped the maker of medical catheters improve the application of lubricious coatings.

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What are the manufacturing benefits of bonding plastics?

April 22, 2014

Potting resin being applied to a substrateBonding plastics can deliver significant manufacturing benefits and improve the durability and performance of materials.  The term “bonding” refers to both the adhesive of one part to another, and the thin coatings or thick layers of adhesives, overmolding or potting resins that are bonded to a substrate.  Plastics can be bonded to other plastics, as well as to virtually any other material; wood, metal, glass, and ceramics are all common examples.  But there are two prerequisites to securing a superior bond.  You must match the right adhesive to your application, and thoroughly clean and prepare the part(s) being bonded via surface modification.

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