The medical device industry demands very reliable processes and tight tolerances to make today’s products and keep up with the constant evolution and requirements of the industry. The team at Nitrex has a solid and extensive history with the medical industry.
Meet New Challenges
Improving the product lifecycle and performance, and more generally providing a better experience to the user, is fundamental in this industry. As the medical field continues to innovate and develop less invasive procedures that deliver a higher quality of life to patients, the need to optimize the process and quality of parts to meet new challenges (such as manufacturing costs and economies, as well as environmental impact) is accelerating.
Improve the Lifecycle Performance
The medical market relies on clean processing to treat very special alloys and mixed alloys found in complex products. Titanium, for example, is a preferred metal that’s often used in medical applications for its weight-to-strength ratio. At Nitrex, we have collaborated with various medical manufacturers to help design more complex parts using exotic alloys like titanium, cobalt-chromium, and stainless steels that can meet the tightest tolerances during vacuum heat treating and which are capable of further enhancing the weight-to-strength ratio—which will ultimately improve the lifecycle.
Leading the Industry with Leading Vacuum Processes
Within the orthopedic segment, vacuum furnaces are often involved in key heat-treating processes, such as brazing, sintering, stress relief, and diffusion bonding. Furnace features like an all-metal hot zone, diffusion vacuum pump (10-5 torr), and process-data recording make up basic system requirements. With advancements in additive manufacturing, many leading medical companies developing products with this manufacturing technology are also taking advantage of Nitrex’s solutions in debinding and sintering. Both are clean processes recognized in the 3D print and additive manufacturing industry for achieving tight tolerance control and high repeatability of treated parts. As an added-value process in manufacturing, vacuum heat treating is also part of the quality certification process and is subject to regular assessment. From initial design to material selection, manufacturing, and all steps in heat-treating (including equipment and processes), medical products must be approved and certified by the certifying authorities.
The team at Nitrex has built extensive expertise in vacuum heat treating, continually supporting customers in expediting new product development that meets certification requirements. Our team is excited to work with customer engineering and operations teams to deliver certified solutions that improve the lives of millions of people worldwide, enabling us to live longer and healthier.