Top 6 Most Innovative Supplier

ProPlate® Voted Top 6 Most Innovative Supplier at MD&M West 2016

“Contract development work on a macular degeneration device, an efficient laser cutting and machining, a coating innovation for braided catheters, a flexible medical device OS, and fully automating the jacketing of guidewires—these are the six innovations that received the most attention from Qmed readers, who helped select the MD&M West Innovation Prize finalists.”


Qmed will lead a tour on Tuesday, February 9, to all six finalists’ booths at MD&M West in Anaheim, CA; tour participants will select the winner of the MD&M West Innovation Prize.


A Coating Innovation for Braided Catheters
ProPlate (Anoka, MN), which was a Minnesota Medtech Week Innovation Prize semifinalist for its Vizi-Band metal coating process, also is touting its Torq-Lok braided catheter coating innovation. Torq-Lok, which hit the market in 2014, is a patented process that atomically bonds metal directly to each braid pic, fusing them together as one at each crossing. Preliminary testing of Torq-Lok compared to non-coated braids demonstrated a range of 30–66% greater torque response, a 66% increase in torque to failure, and a 90° twist increase, according to ProPlate. Torq-Lok allows for the braid pic count to be reduced, which in turn reduces material costs and production time for the braid manufacturers.


ProPlate® will be exhibiting at the 2016 Medical Design & Manufacturing show in Anaheim, February 9-11th. If you would like to attend for free please click the link below and fill out the registration form. 

To take advantage of complimentary expo admission, specify the Source Code ‘JOINUS’ when registering here:

Have questions or need more information?

Ask an Expert!