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Biocoat Launches New Innovative UV Coating and Contract Coating Services Solution

Biocoat Inc. is a global leader in the innovation and development of hydrophilic coatings for interventional medical devices. Biocoat is proud to introduce a new UV-cured coating called HYDAK® UV and the launch of a Contract Coating Services Unit. These additions further position Biocoat as the leading full-service provider of hydrophilic coatings.

Founded in 1991, Biocoat has been laser-focused on specific strategic initiatives intended to support the organization’s mission of “providing customized surface technology solutions by combining best-in-class quality and customer service to support the development of medical devices that aid in improving patient outcomes.” A major component of Biocoat’s planning was to develop and launch new products and services that would seamlessly integrate into the development plans of medical device manufacturers. 

One of Biocoat’s strategic initiatives was to introduce a coating that could be cured using UV light, allowing for flexible integration with industry-standard UV coating systems. This led to the development of its new coating called HYDAK® UV, built on the proven bi-laminar platform used in Biocoat’s existing HYDAK thermal heat cure coating technology for over 25 years. With the launch of HYDAK® UV, Biocoat is now the only company that offers best-in-class performance in lubricity, durability, and particulates on both UV and thermal heat cured coatings.  

The family of HYDAK coatings are lubricious, abrasion-resistant, biocompatible, and are suitable for coating vascular catheters, guidewires, and other medical devices that require a hydrophilic coating. The coatings can be applied to a wide range of polymeric and metallic substrates typically used in neurovascular, cardiovascular, peripheral vascular, and ophthalmic devices. 

The second strategic initiative for Biocoat was to launch a new Contract Coating Services Unit to support OEMs, CMOs, and startup companies as they develop and introduce new and innovative products to the market. Biocoat’s Contract Coating Service Unit is specifically designed to ensure that your products will be expertly coated for maximum performance, safety, maneuverability, and patient comfort. Companies have already begun using Biocoat’s Contract Coating Services through its ISO 13485:2016-certified facility to optimize product development and launch timing, support commercial production volumes, and act as a reliable alternative to existing in-house facilities. When combining Biocoat’s Coating Services along with industry-leading coating performance, you will not find a better partner to for your hydrophilic coating requirements. Remember, “Don’t Just Coat It. Biocoat It!℠” Visit Biocoat in Booth #1450 or online at www.biocoat.com to learn more about the innovative HYDAK® UV, HYDAK® thermal coatings, and Contract Coating Services.

Hot Gas Convection Welding — Another New Innovative Technology that Bielomatik Offers!

Article Courtesy of bielomatik

Along with the Turn2Weld LasIr two-step laser process on the show floor and live at our Booth #3743, you will be able to view all the current welding technologies we offer with our Touchscreen Monitor Display.  

Hot Gas Welding

A particle-free welding of geometrically complex components. When geometrically complex components are made of heavy-duty thermoplastics, such as PA66, PPA, or PPS, need to be welded particle-free, hot gas convection welding is an interesting alternative to the established infrared welding.

By contactless heating and by means of a hot flow of air or compressed gas that allows technical plastics to be heated cleanly. In contrast to IR welding, the color of the material plays no role.  The absorption properties of the plastic is irrelevant for the convection. Hot gas welding is based on a tool concept in which process gas gets warm through a heat exchanger and is led along the contours to the welding rib. The use of process gas benefits this welding technique by allowing a minimal effect of thermal oxidative damage to the plastic during heating. The finely adjustable zone and nozzle concept of the hot gas tools allow for individual customization to the component that is to be welded.

The main advantage over infrared welding is that areas such as component walls or screw bosses, that are hard to reach, and which IR radiators cannot be passed over, can be reliably heated. Even T-joints, internal ribs, and narrow angles can be handled better than with the established infrared welding technologies using glass tube or metal foil radiators. This technology can be combined with the IR camera monitoring developed by bielomatik which offers inline monitoring of the heating result in order to enhance process reliability.

Features of the Hot Gas Welding System

  • The tooling can be divided into individual zones based on welding ribs to enable better heat coordination.
  • Separately adjustable preparation of flow zones on each side of the component (top/bottom).
  • Inline-Process Control by bielomatik Thermovision Software.

Potential Applications

  • Engine compartment components made of PA66-GF, PPA, PPS, PEEK, and other technical and heavy-duty thermoplastics.
  • Components for fluid technology applications, e.g., hot water.
  • Components with highest cleanliness requirements, e.g., rear lamps.

For more information on this technology or all that we have to offer, see us at our Booth #3743. Get in touch with bielomatik online at www.bielomatik.us, calling 248-446-9910, or contacting 55397 Lyon Industrial Drive, New Hudson, MI, 48165.

All Flex Unique Capabilities and Growth

Eric Matuska is the Director of Quality and Engineering at All Flex Flexible Circuits and Heaters. Before joining All Flex, he worked for a high-volume flex manufacturer as a Quality Engineer and then worked at Six Sigma Black Belt for two years, where he focused on cost improvement projects between the U.S. and Thailand. Matuska has been with All Flex for 13 years, beginning as a Quality Manager and then as a Plant Manager before moving up to his current position. Matuska has a Bachelor of Science in industrial engineering from the University of Minnesota Duluth and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas.  

Q: Can you tell us a little about All Flex? What is it that you do?

A: All Flex is a flexible circuit and flexible heater manufacturer that also offers added-value assemblies that are processed in-house. The company has about 200 employees and is headquartered in Northfield, Minnesota, with a second production facility in Bloomington. Our industry focus is mainly medical, military, and aerospace, but we also do a lot of smaller custom projects for a variety of uses and industries.

My role at All Flex is broad and varied, but my main focus is on the development of capabilities, quality of our end products, and the growth and development of employees and knowledge. Because everything we do is highly specialized, we are constantly developing new methods and trying to improve our capabilities. It is my responsibility to keep projects moving through the facilities and provide leadership to the engineering team.

Q: Compare the position of your products and their technology against the current market.

A: Our ‘Just Say Yes’ mentality is what helps us to grow into new markets because we are willing to take risks that other companies are not. We have guidelines and limits, but we are always willing to go outside of the box and push to try new things for customers that no other companies will do; an example of this is our Fine-Line Maxi®Flex. This technology is unique to us, and no other company is coming close to the technology that we have developed and are still improving. Continuous improvement is a very big part of the culture at All Flex, and we are always excited to help a customer achieve their goals by being different and pushing the limits.

Q: What would you say makes your business unique?   

A: As I stated before, our willingness to go above and beyond for our customers and try new things to expand our capabilities is our biggest strength. But we also have capabilities that a lot of customers are not aware of, such as our in-house assembly and added-value abilities. We provide SMT, hand assembly, potting, failure analysis or troubleshooting, and thermal simulation analysis of our custom-made heaters, not to mention the many unique types of circuits we create, such as the extended-length Maxi® Flex that reaches over 100-plus feet.  

Q: How can our readers find out more about your company?A: For more information, call 507-663-7162, visit www.allflexinc.com, or stop by Booth #526.

2370 Advanced Products for Robotics and Automation

CGI, Inc. was founded in Southern California as “California Gear and Instrument” in 1967 by Don Snow. Fifty years ago, as a young gear design and manufacturing company, CGI soon developed a reputation for quality products and innovative solutions, particularly in the medical and aerospace industries. CGI continued to grow, and in 1990, Snow decided to move the business to Carson City, Nevada. Shortly thereafter, CGI became a pioneer in providing standard industrial gearbox solutions along with the already established OEM component products that CGI had provided for decades.

In 2006, Mike Madison and Brian Coclich purchased the company from Snow and have expanded to 100-plus employees with two facilities encompassing 87+ gear fabrication machines and 40+ CNC machines, with approximately 75,000 square feet of manufacturing space to meet the growing demands of CGI’s global customer and supplier base.

The team at CGI is driven by engineering and innovation. CGI offers design and manufacturing engineering support to facilitate product realization to its customers, effectively becoming an extension of the customers’ engineering and manufacturing footprint.

CGI offers a broad scope of solutions for the gear industry. From the onset of a project, CGI’s design engineering group can provide gear design and analysis services or provide a complete turnkey design. These services are not limited to discrete gear components, but also to a gear system (i.e. gearboxes, gear trains, etc.). CGI is vertically integrated, allowing the company to provide OEM component products either manufactured from material (bar) stock or to gear cut a customer supplied blank. Gear cutting solutions include hobbing, shaping, gear grinding, bevel gear cutting, gear skiving, and broaching.

Additionally, 70% of the products provided by CGI are assembled mechanical or electromechanical products. CGI’s manufacturing engineering group can provide support from prototype to production with services from validation testing to Kanban programs. CGI also provides an offering of precision planetary servo gearboxes to interface with inch and metric NEMA motors that can ship the day it is ordered. All these products are contained within a robust Quality Management System (QMS) that includes gear testing, analysis, and the latest inspection equipment.

CGI differs from others not only in the broad scope of cradle-to-grave solutions for its customers, but also in the quality of work and services provided. While CGI provides gear cut services for a range of pitches, it specializes in fine pitch precision gears (down to 160 DP). CGI thrives on challenging designs and parts that often daunt others, such as autoclaveable assemblies, low backlash/low friction gearboxes, high rpm gear systems, and harsh operating environments. The variety of services that CGI provides is a differentiator with both design and manufacturing engineering services available to customers.

CGI thrives on challenges. This attribute, coupled with the company’s extensive design knowledge, diverse manufacturing capabilities and services, analytical capabilities, and willingness to collaborate and partner with customers, sets CGI apart from others in the industry. Additionally, world-class equipment and process improvement initiatives, such as Six Sigma and Lean, are also differentiators. In order to maintain its position as an industry leader, CGI continually invests in technology such as CNC gear hobbing, automation, multitasking, EDM, passivation, and laser weld. Few companies are able to match the broad diversity of services, products, and capabilities making CGI a leader in the machining and motion control industry.

CGI Products are proudly made in the USA. Visit Booth #1991.