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Why is Gold used for biocompatible medical devices?

Gold is considered biocompatible, meaning it is generally well-tolerated by the human body and does not cause significant adverse reactions or toxicity. This property makes gold helpful in various medical applications, including dental and orthopedic implants, cardiovascular devices, and drug delivery systems. Gold is an inert material, meaning it does not react chemically with the …

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Catheter Electrodes

Catheter electrodes are small, specialized medical devices used in various diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. The electrodes are usually inserted into the body through a catheter, a thin tube guided to the appropriate location by a physician. Catheter electrodes are used in various medical procedures, including electrophysiology studies, ablation therapy, and mapping of cardiac arrhythmias. The …

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“ProPlate Uses Pure Platinum and Gold in Additive Plating Process”​

“ProPlate (Anoka, Minnesota) uses pure platinum or gold with its additive plating process, rather than using a machining process and various methods of limited installation for rigid stainless steel or platinum-iridium alloys as markers and electrodes. In this scenario, the company says electroplating has a clear advantage. Instead of subtractive machining followed by an installation process …

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Medical Marker Bands

Coming in various shapes and sizes and providing superior visibility under fluoroscopy, medical marker bands are used in the medical industry to aid with guidance and placement of catheter devices during medical procedures. Along with the variety of shapes and sizes, various metals are used to manufacture marker bands. Traditional medical marker bands are short, …

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Vizi-Band®- A Radiopaque Marker Band Alternative

Vizi-Band® Innovation Radiopacity is an essential property for most stents. Visibility of the stent, using angiographic or radiographic imaging, is critical for accurate stent placement and stent expansion. Stent visibility is also crucial for follow-ups and retreatment. Vizi-Band® is a innovative solution to improve radiopacity in medical devices and be a cost saving alternative to …

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Stent Manufacturing Process

The stent manufacturing process differs for stents based on several factors. To ensure the appropriate manufacturing method is chosen, the final application of the stent is taken into consideration. Other factors determining the stent manufacturing process include stent material, form, fabrication, geometry, and additions. Stent Materials For a material to be utilized in the manufacturing …

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High Thickness Electroplating

Electroplating is depositing a metal layer onto a base metal to achieve a final finish that meets a customer’s requirements. The thickness of the electroplated deposit is based on the engineers’ specifications. Some components require high thickness electroplating and others low thickness electroplating. The thickness specifications are decided based on desired part performance and function. Functions …

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Industrial Plating

Industrial plating is simply the technique used to put a metal plating layer onto a part or component used in many different industries with many different applications. With this in mind, Nickel, Copper, Tin, and Silver are very common plating finishes used in large-scale industrial plating. Some less common finishes are Gold, Rhodium, Palladium, and …

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Engineered Plating for Semiconductors

Engineered plating for Semiconductors is a plating solution to improve conductivity and wear resistance. The primary use of a semiconductor is for electronic applications. Most electronics contain one form of semiconductor; capacitors, diodes, resistors, and transistors are all forms of Semiconductors. These Semiconductors have many components, including lead connections, lead wires, body, and chips. A …

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Quality Control in the Industry of Electroplating Precious Metals

Electroplating quality control is a critical factor in operations and success in the process of electroplating precious and semi-precious metal finishes. In medical electroplating, these quality control measures are all the more important due to the product’s final use. Anything that goes into the body must be stringently tested and approved before being put into …

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Plating Electrical Contacts with Rhodium for Critical Applications

Plating Electrical Contacts with Rhodium is a top choice for a final finish for critical component manufacturers. Rhodium is an extraordinarily rare, silvery-white, hard, corrosion-resistant, and chemically inert transition metal. Since Rhodium is one of the hardest and most resilient metals to corrosion and wear, there is a high demand for it in the plating …

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