Duke Extrusion offers hydrophilic coatings to improve the lubricity and reduce the surface friction of catheters and other medical devices that are used in aqueous environments. Our hydrophilic coatings can be applied to various substrates, including polyurethane, nylon, Pebax™, PebaSLIX™, NyloSLIX™, PolySLIX™, and FluoroSLIX™ catheter shafts.
Hydrophilic lubricious coatings for catheters are applied along the entire length of tubing, or on discrete sections of either the internal diameter (I.D.) and/or the external surface of the catheter tubing.
Custom Hydrophilic Tubing for Medical Applications
Duke Extrusion provides hydrophilic coatings to polymer-coated and metallic guidewires in an ISO Class 8 Controlled Environment Room (CER).
All of Duke’s hydrophilic coatings and other medical coating solutions are applied in-house using our custom proprietary automated coating equipment. This allows us to monitor and control every aspect of the coating process, including temperature exposure, and to certify products to the highest purity standards. Thanks to our proprietary automated processes, we are able to apply the highest uniformity possible, with coating thicknesses as low as five microns.
Advantages of Duke’s Hydrophilic Coating Process
Advantages of performing the hydrophilic coating process within the catheter manufacturing environment room include:
- Saves time & cost by eliminating unnecessary duplicative inspections for out-of-house processes
- Reduces overall lead time
- Eliminates the risk of product loss or damage during transit
- Lowers risk of contamination due to handling & interim packaging