Over the years, medical instruments have gone from clumsily crafted to modern works of art. And as the industry changed, tighter regulations resulted in products that were more precise, more reliable and certainly more sanitary.
Sanitation is king in the medical industry. In order to maintain a sterile environment, there are regulations on everything from the clothing worn by staff, to materials being used to manufacture the equipment being used everyday to save lives. From the smallest needle to the most complex devices, every part must be designed with sterility in mind.
Deep Drawn Medical Components
Many instruments used in the medical industry are produced using the deep drawn process. This is because the deep drawn process allows for the manufacturing of parts that perfectly match with the stringent requirements for medical use.
In order to meet sterility demands, the materials chosen for deep drawing medical components are also carefully considered.
Materials for Medical Components
The term ‘stainless steel’ is one commonly heard when discussing manufacturing, although it can sometimes be misleading. Not all types of stainless steel are suitable for medical use as some contains nickel, an element that can cause allergies in many people.
A unique alloy of stainless, called “Surgical Steel” contains very limited amounts of nickel yet maintains the corrosion resistant properties that make stainless a reliable material for deep drawing medical components.
The last of the top materials for deep drawn medical components is Titanium, especially when the device requires exceptionally high strength. As a material, titanium is corrosion resistant, acid resistant, and exhibits extremely high tensile strength.Titanium products are well known to survive extensive lifetimes even in the harshest, most abusive environment; the human body.
One of the most important aspects of the usefulness of deep drawn metal components in the medical field is that the quality of the device or component meets the standards in design, engineering and overall quality.
For this, you need a company that is experienced in this field and is dedicated to producing these quality parts. With more than 40 years of implantable medical device stamping experience, Hudson Technologies works with many of the industry’s leading medical device manufacturers.