Medical Coatings

Innovative Solutions for Medical Coatings

Operating room

Operating room

Medical applications using aluminum have many unique challenges and hurdles to meet the FDA’s “fit-for-use” criteria. Sanford Process has been at the vanguard of process development to solve many legacy issues relating to how articles perform in the field, including anti-fading, anti-stripping, and permanent print solutions. Consequently, medical coatings from Sanford Process have been implemented by the world’s major orthopedic companies including Stryker, Smith & Nephew, BioMet, and Johnson & Johnson DePuy Synthes.

Coated aluminum surgical case

Coated aluminum surgical case

Our chemically resistant medical anodizing coatings are used in many applications, such as medical cases, trays, instruments, and fixturing devices, as well as general hospital equipment made out of aluminum. Sanford Process offers design solutions for medical applications that include anti-fade properties, vibrant colors, permanent print with print in aluminum (rather than printing on metal), and revolutionary chemical and corrosion resistance. Our revolutionary coating technology for medical device components, MICRALOX®, produces a long lasting, virtually indestructible surface, which delivers dramatically superior chemical and corrosion resistances and eliminates color-fading due to super-heated steam. Further advances with MICRALOX® Ultra and MICRALOX® Lumina also deliver exceptional performance for reusable medical devices made out of aluminum requiring regular cleaning and sterilization that causes normal anodizing to fade and strip-off.