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VIZI-BAND®

ProPlate’s dedicated new product development team supports new projects from concept through commericialization through our proven process roadmap, further expanding our Vizi-Band® capabilities.

Vizi-Band®

Radiopaque Marker Coating:

Contests & Awards:

2015 Minnesota MedTech Week Innovation Contest-Top 10 Finalist: Vizi-Band®

2015 MD&M West & UBM Canon Supplier Innovation Challenge-Top 10 Finalist: Vizi-Band®

2016 BIOMEDevice San Jose Innovation Contest-Top 5 Finalist: Vizi-Band®

2017 BIOMEDevice Boston Must See Product-Top 11 Finalist: Vizi-Band®

2017 MD&M Minneapolis Emerging Technologies Tour-Top 5 Finalist: Vizi-Band®

The Product
Vizi-Band®

Vizi-Band® is a radiopaque marker coating innovation. It is a proprietary metal coating process that atomically bonds directly to a catheter, guidewire, stent, or similar component. The highly radiopaque and biocompatible metal coating can be selectively applied to any section of the desired component, with endless options for customization depending on the application and intended use. Vizi-Band® is a replacement for traditional marker bands with potential performance and cost advantages.

The Challenge

ProPlate® worked in order to achieve comparable radiopacity to traditional markers. A set of studies were conducted until ProPlate® was satisfied with the results. Through these trials, ProPlate® developed Vizi-Band®, a highly radiopaque and biocompatible metal coating that can be selectively applied to any area of the desired component, with endless options for design and brightness customization. Custom tooling and masking were developed to ensure consistent and accurate positioning of the Vizi-Band® marker coating along the catheter, guidewire, hypotube, stent, or similar components. Vizi-Band® allows a manufacturer to reduce the labor component of handling and attaching the traditional marker bands, reduce the cost of machining them from solid gold, and improve distal tip flexibility. Vizi-Band® not only improved application performance by reducing the catheter profile but also eliminated the risk of traditional marker band dislodgement due to it being atomically bonded to the component. 

Catheter Marker Bands

Marker bands help with the placement and guidance of catheters during medical procedures due to their radio-opaque properties. A traditional marker band is a short, thin-walled tube machined from gold or platinum that is mechanically crimped or swaged at specific locations on a catheter to provide high levels of visibility under an x-ray fluoroscope. This allows surgeons to precisely locate the catheter placement deep within the body to deploy stents, balloons, and other devices. 

The Engineered Solution

ProPlate® worked in order to achieve comparable radiopacity to traditional markers. A set of studies were conducted until ProPlate® was satisfied with the results. Through these trials, ProPlate® developed Vizi-Band®, a highly radiopaque and biocompatible metal coating that can be selectively applied to any area of the desired component, with endless options for design and brightness customization. Custom tooling and masking were developed to ensure consistent and accurate positioning of the Vizi-Band® marker coating along the catheter, guidewire, hypotube, stent, or similar components. Vizi-Band® allows a manufacturer to reduce the labor component of handling and attaching the traditional marker bands, reduce the cost of machining them from solid gold, and improve distal tip flexibility. Vizi-Band® not only improved application performance by reducing the catheter profile but also eliminated the risk of traditional marker band dislodgement due to it being atomically bonded to the component.

The Benefit
  • Reduce Device Profile
  • Improve Distal Tip Flexibility
  • Eliminate Dislodgement
  • Atomically Bonded Coating
  • Custom Shapes, Designs & Marker Placement
  • Tailored RO Brightness

Our robust metallizing processes are thoroughly designed and maintained to ensure the highest quality standards. Medical Device Quality System: ISO 13485:2016 Certified

We Are Dedicated to Partnering With Our Customers

Professional Plating Inc. has specialized in engineered coating solutions for the medical industry for more than 35 years. The company works with customers from the prototype development stage through production to create custom electroplating solutions designed for unique requirements. ProPlate® has pioneered selective precious metal plating innovations for medical devices and applications such as balloon catheters, radiopaque markers, and catheter-based components and continues to be an industry-leading electroplater.

Vizi-Band®

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