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June 19, 2014
TMD Staff

Replacement for banned AK-225-based carrier fluids

With the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) banning production of AK-225-based carrier fluids, medical device manufacturers are looking for a replacement. AK-225-based carrier fluids are used in the thin film siliconization of glass, metal, plastic, and rubber surfaces.

MicroCare Universal Carrier Fluid, a custom-formulated, carrier fluid optimized to dilute and apply medical grade polydimethylsiloxane liquids to medical devices is nonflammable with good solubility and excellent materials compatibility, making this an ideal drop-in replacement.

The MicroCare Universal Carrier Fluid is a high purity carrier fluid that offers consistent silicone fluid dilution, evaporates quickly and completely, and leaves a thin, uniform film of silicone lubricant on the treated article. The coating process is simple with minimal hazards, so it’s easy to validate when applied to glass, ceramic, metal, and plastic surfaces.


Material testing challenges for medical device, equipment sector

During the last five years, ADMET engineers have encountered several key problems specific to the medical device sector. These problems sparked the development of the “Medical Device Sector Review,” which highlights some of those problems and the solutions being deployed.

A look at the big picture spotlights some macro trends with medical devices and equipment including observations by Abbot Laboratories, Medtronic, Stryker, and St. Jude Medical. Trends covered in the report include:

  • Slowing growth
  • Environment update
  • Countering margin pressures
  • Great attention to quality
  • Product trends

Download the free report by visiting