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Classification
ME-92® is a precise, biocompatible, pure, metallic chromium coating designed for the medical industry. The coating is completely inert, non-magnetic , USP Class VI, Tripartite/ISO and Anti-Microbial. The coating improves the physical appearance of medical instruments and, more importantly, provides functional enhancements to their performance.

Properties:

  • Arrests corrosion from sterilization and laser marking while maintaining new appearance
  • Increases wear resistance
  • Maintains cutting edges
  • Provides a hard, scratch resistant, nonstick, easy clean surface
  • Increases surface hardness
  • Eliminates galling, fretting, spalling
  • Ability to easily remove and reapply
  • Arrests metallic debris and particulate matter
  • Provides smooth sliding surfaces
  • Reduces high intensity light reflection/refraction and glare
  • Provides long lasting, clean, pristine new appearance
  • Chemical resistant
  • Hydrophobic

Process
The ME-92® coating technology is a proprietary electrolytic plating, low-temperature (160° F) process that applies a precise pure metallic zero valance chromium coating to the device without altering the integrity of the base material. Processed at a 30,000 sf facility in Providence, Rhode Island in a clean latex free environment. ME-92® is a licensed product and process developed and managed by The Armoloy Corporation laboratories.

Appearance
The ME-92® coating is available in three finishes to suit your application: Non-Reflective, Platinum and Satin. See our finish comparisons here.

Adhesion
The ME-92® coating is bonded directly to the base material. This unique process enables the coating to adhere absolutely. The ME-92® coating will not chip, flake or peel. The coating is highly ductile and will not separate from the base material even when twisted, flexed or impacted without intermediate layering.

Thickness
The deposit thickness of the ME-92® coating is engineered to meet the specific requirements of each customer. Normal deposit thickness ranges from 0.00004” to 0.001” per side (1,0- 25,0 microns). An ME-92® sales engineer will assist you in selecting the proper deposit thickness for your specific application.

Hardness
The ME-92® coating exhibits up to a unique 80Rc surface hardness providing a durable, non-reflective finish.

Sterilization

ME-92® coatings are compatible with the following sterilization procedures:

  • Steam Autoclave
  • STERIS SYSTEM 1
  • STERRAD Sterilization
  • Gamma X Ray
  • Bleach Exposure
  • Boiling
  • Detergent scrubbing
  • STERIS EtO

Compatible Base Metals

While ME-92® was originally designed for stainless steel, over the course of three decades, the ME-92® coatings have been tested and perfected for nearly every metal type including aluminum (for medical devices and ancillary items).

The ME-92® coating is an excellent candidate for application to nearly every base metal type, from tool steels such as S-7 and H-13, to bearing steels such as 52100 and 8620, to cold roll, hot roll, high-carbon and low-carbon steels, to cast iron, stainless steel, bronze, copper, and brass. Absolute adhesion to the substrate is guaranteed. Visit our ALCOAT page for more information on coatings for Aluminum substrates.

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Biocompatible Chromium Coating for Ferrous and Non-Ferrous Metal Surfaces

The ME-92® Coating offers the Industry’s Most Versatile Lineup of Biocompatible Chromium Coating Options for ferrous and non-ferrous metals in three finish options:

THREE FINISH OPTIONS:

  • ME-92 Satin
  • ME-92 Non Reflective
  • ME-92 Platinum

ME-92® SATIN

(shown on left applied to a base of stainless steel) Applied to tens of millions of devices, ME-92® Satin is our standard-bearer finish. As with all our finishes, it is bonded directly to the base material, is highly ductile and will not separate from the base material when twisted, flexed or impacted. Designed to enhance the overall performance of surgical devices; galling and fretting elimination, improved wear resistance, increased surface hardness, arrests corrosion from sterilization and laser marking, non-stick easy to clean surface, biocompatible and looks new after hundreds of uses. Unlike other coatings, removal and reapplication of our ME-92® Satin coating will not affect the base material or surface finish.

ME-92® NON REFLECTIVE

(shown on left applied to a base of stainless steel) Designed specifically for use in Laparoscopic and Endoscopic surgery procedures, ME-92® Non-Reflective coating reduces high-intensity light reflection and glare while providing the same reliable, biocompatible features of our full product line. Laser marking and repeated sterilization protocols will not degrade the color. Unlike other coatings, removal and reapplication of our ME-92® NR coating will not affect the base material or surface finish.

ME-92® PLATINUM

(shown on left applied to a base of stainless steel) A highly polished surface deserves a high quality coating. From maintaining cutting edges on polished drills and reamers to sealing and protecting a polished instrument with a tough, durable finish our ME-92® Platinum finish takes polished stainless steel to the next level. Our Platinum finish provides a long-lasting, clean, new appearance for premier devices and instruments. Unlike other coatings, removal and reapplication of our ME-92® Platinum coating will not affect the base material or surface finish.

Biocompatible Chromium Coating for Aluminum Surfaces

The ALCOAT® Coating offers the Industry’s Most Versatile Lineup of Biocompatible Chromium Coating Options for Aluminum in three finish options:

THREE FINISH OPTIONS:

  • ALCOAT Satin
  • ALCOAT Non Reflective
  • ALCOAT Platinum

ALCOAT® SATIN

(shown on left applied to a base of aluminum) ALCOAT® Satin is our standard-bearer finish. As with all our finishes, it is bonded directly to the base material, is highly ductile and will not separate from the base material when twisted, flexed or impacted. Designed to enhance the overall performance of surgical devices; galling and fretting elimination, improved wear resistance, increased surface hardness, arrests corrosion from sterilization and laser marking, non-stick easy to clean surface, biocompatible and looks new after hundreds of uses. Unlike other coatings, removal and reapplication of our ALCOAT® Satin coating will not affect the base material or surface finish.

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ALCOAT® NR

(shown on left applied to a base of aluminum) Designed specifically for use in Laparoscopic and Endoscopic surgery procedures, ALCOAT® Non Reflective coating reduces high-intensity light reflection and glare while providing the same reliable, biocompatible features of our full product line. Laser marking and repeated sterilization protocols will not degrade the color. Unlike other coatings, removal and reapplication of our ALCOAT® NR coating will not affect the base material or surface finish.

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ALCOAT® PLATINUM

(shown on left applied to a base of aluminum) A highly polished surface deserves a high quality coating. From maintaining cutting edges on polished drills and reamers to sealing and protecting a polished instrument with a tough, durable finish our ALCOAT® Platinum finish takes polished stainless steel to the next level. Our Platinum finish provides a long-lasting, clean, new appearance for premier devices and instruments. Unlike other coatings, removal and reapplication of our ALCOAT® Platinum coating will not affect the base material or surface finish.

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