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Systems That Are Used to Create Medical Devices

August 28, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Guest post is provided by Denton Vacuum, LLC.  This company manufactures ultra-thin metallic and dielectric coatings which are then used in many different industries.  Many of these coatings are produced through processes such as ion beam sputter deposition.  Check out their website for more information.

The technology that’s used to produce vital medical devices continues to advance rapidly.  Precision vacuum technology is a very important piece of the puzzle.  With these rapid advancements and scientific developments, many lives are transforming all over the world.

Medical devices are defined as any instrument, implant, in vitro reagent and other apparatus that’s used for the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of a disease or that’s used in order to improve the function of a body part.  Some of these medical devices require a very specific process for that particular instrument.

For example, optical coating systems require a special process.  In order to create a lens or mirror which helps to alter the way an optic reflects and transmits light, specific coating is require.  Typically an antireflection coasting is used.  These devices are used in order to help a person’s eye sight.

Medical devices serve a wide range of functions and include many different types of tools.  Cochlear implants, microchips that monitor artificial joints, pacemakers, wheelchairs and imaging systems such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are all examples of popular medical devices.

There are various coating technologies that are used in the production of medical devices including magnetron sputtering, electron beam evaporation and thermal evaporation systems.  In order to create optics for example, PVD Thermal Evaporation is widely used.

All devices require a change from the semiconductor to a metal.  The metals need to be deposited and the best method for that is physical vapor deposition.  Some of the techniques within that category include evaporation, sputtering, chemical vapor deposition and electrochemical techniques.

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