Medical devices made of light metal substrates may benefit from a newly developed multifunctional base coating. The Alodine EC2 Electroceramic coating from Henkel Corp. (Düsseldorf, Germany) provides chemical, temperature, and abrasion resistance while reducing parts-processing costs, according to the firm.
Based on titanium electrodeposited oxides, the material can coat aluminium, aluminium alloys, titanium and its alloys, and aluminized, aluminium-plated, and ion vapour deposited–aluminium substrates. Also suitable for aluminized ferrous materials, the base coating can exponentially improve the corrosion resistance and performance of medical devices, says the manufacturer.
The coating creates a nonconductive surface on surgical instruments and can extend the life of titanium utensils, screws, and replacement ball and socket joints.
To find out more about the Alodine EC2 coating, go to www.henkelec2.com.