Infections and the Chain of Command

July 10, 2014

“You may leave sicker than when you came in.” Another case for anti-microbial coatings A week after Leandra Wiese had surgery to remove a benign tumor, the high school senior felt well enough to host a sleepover. But later that weekend she was vomiting and running a fever. Thinking it was the flu, her parents […]

Direct-bond Bearings Challenge Inserts

July 2, 2014

Coatings make more efficient use of bearing materials and eliminate secondary machining and installation. Steve Saxion – Dimension Bond, Chicago, Ill. Dry, unlubricated insert bearings excel in jobs where it’s tough to maintain oil and grease lubrication. Applications for insert bearings include sliding and rotating rods in shock absorbers, air cylinders, gas springs, solenoids, valve […]

Improving the Surface Friction of Silicone Elastomer Parts

May 29, 2014

The relatively high coefficient of friction of silicone elastomers can limit the range of applications of these materials. A liquid silicone rubber top coat can be used to improve surface friction of silicone elastomer parts. It can be applied using conventional coating methods. The performance benefits it offers and potential product applications are described. (E. […]

Silver-Coated Endotracheal Tubes Cut Down on Infections

May 14, 2014

  Silver-Coated Endotracheal Tubes Cut Down on Infections By Steven Reinberg – The Washington Post HealthDay Reporter – Monday, May 19, 2008; 12:00 AM MONDAY, May 19 (HealthDay News) — Endotracheal tubes coated with silver dramatically reduce infections from highly resistant bacteria, researchers report. Patients on ventilators breathe through a tube placed through their trachea […]

Plastics Technology Magazine – August 2005

May 10, 2014

    Composite Coating Makes Glass Fibers Less Aggressive in Sliding, Turning Parts By Mikell Knights, Senior Editor Fiber-reinforced and mineral-filled compounds are not always compatible with use in dynamic applications, where parts slide, rotate, pivot, or move across each other. “When a glass-filled part rubs against a metal surface or even a similar glass-filled […]

ZincGlide® Bonded Film

May 8, 2014

Click here to view Metals & Metal Parts: Protection from Galling at Appliance Design Magazine METALS & METAL PARTS: Protection from Galling By George Osterhout-Orion Industries, Chicago March 1, 2005 Bonded films extend life of zinc die-cast parts The near-net shape and complex configurations of die cast zinc parts make them cost effective for thousands […]

Nanotech Silver Fights Microbes in Medical Devices

May 8, 2014

    May 2005 Nanotech Silver Fights Microbes in Medical Devices – Nanoengineering could solve problems associated with applying silver as an antimicrobial agent to medical devices. David Tobler and Lenna Warner The number of infections linked to medical devices has fueled an explosion of research in surface science. The goal is to find a […]


May 6, 2014

Study Indicates Silver-coated Catheters Reduce Urinary Tract Infections 05/01/2008 Using silver-coated catheters for patients significantly reduced the most common hospital-acquired infection, according to a study published in the April issue of Urologic Nursing, the journal of the Society of Urological Nurses and Associates. Two nurses from a 42-bed rehabilitation hospital in Arkansas compared numbers and […]

Using Risk Analysis to Develop Coated Medical Devices

May 1, 2014

Link to Medical Device & Diagnostic Industry magazine – Using Risk Analysis to Develop Coated Medical Devices     The popularity of coated devices is at an all-time high. However, there are challenging technical and regulatory obstacles when adding a coating to a device. The market introduction of drug-eluting cardiovascular stents has brought the use […]

The Bonded on Bearing

April 21, 2014

They are good enough for NASCAR engines. Bonded bearing surfaces are coatings made from high-performance polymers reinforced with hard nanosized particles. Most engineers would jump at the chance to replace bearing inserts with dry lubricants. In many cases, of course, this just hasn’t been practical. PTFE and moly-filled coatings might work on light loads that […]