Medical Devices and Corona Treatment

People have been relying on flame treatment as the only way to print indications and calibrations on medical devices like medicine bottles, IV bags and syringe barrels. The traditional method of flame treatment includes exposing plastic devices to the flame in order to oxidize the surface of the device enough to stick labeling or print calibrations. Although flame treatment of medical devices was used on commercial scale, the issues inherent to this method of printing calibrations are countless.

This is the reason that corona treatment of medical devices has emerged as an alternative of flame treatment.

How is Corona Treatment better than Flame Treatment?

There is a high probability of surface deformation associated with flame treatment. Heat tolerance varies with the nature of the material to be treated. Although technicians know precise temperature settings for treating different kinds of materials, small variations in the flame intensity can deform the shape of the device. On the other hand, corona treatment of medical devices involves oxidization of material through high voltage therefore it has completely eliminated the risk of device deformation.

Another advantage of corona treatment is reduced health risks. Excessive exposure to high flame can cause serious skin infections and lungs diseases. Moreover, flame treatment is also dangerous to handle. Corona treatment is based on the generation of corona discharge through high voltage it allows technicians to easily handle complex geometries and delicate objects. Read more

Corona Treatment of Medical Devices

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Corona Treatment of Medical Devices

A few years into the past, printing and labeling on medical equipment that was made of plastic or metal was a feat to be accomplished. The equipment was usually treated to a controlled flame at certain fixed temperatures in order to change the chemical make-up of its surface molecules. This process made the product’s surface adhesive so that printing ink could be used on it to label it.

However, in today’s time, technological advancements have resulted in a number of treatments that can create adhesive properties on surfaces of plastic and metal. This makes the process a lot of more simpler, cheaper and time saving. The risk of overheating products and releasing dangerous toxics is also heavily reduced. Today, corona treament can be used to treat the surface of medical devices.