Sanford Process Corporation and CONMED Corporation announce a licensing agreement for the use of Sanford Process' Micro-Crystalline Anodic Coating (MICRALOX®) and related technologies.
"CONMED is an excellent licensing partner to extend our breakthrough aluminum anodic coating technology that represents a new category of highly chemically resistant anodic coatings ideal for CONMED's Hall 50™ line of re-usable medical equipment and instruments," says Jack Tetrault, President of Sanford Process Corporation. "Our experience with CONMED during the coating evaluation has been excellent, with aligned interests in providing superior anodic coating performance that extends the working life of aluminum instruments, especially those that require repeat cleaning and sterilization."
Surgical handpieces are often cleaned with very high pH detergents, which can, over time, wear away standard anodic coatings. However, the new Hall 50™ handpieces are designed and manufactured with Micro-Crystalline Anodic Coating, MICRALOX®, to withstand such challenging environments. This coating technology is extremely durable and we concur with Sanford's claim that it provides approximately 10 times more resistance to high pH cleaning detergents than traditional coatings. "This will allow Hall 50™ handpieces to better stand up to harsh cleaning detergents, while maintaining an aesthetically appealing finish", according to CONMED's Jordan Turner, Sr. Global Product Manager, Capital Products.
SANFORD PROCESS CORPORATION is a wholly owned subsidiary of Katahdin Industries, Inc., which provides high tolerance coating applications and specialized metal finishing technology and services to the medical device and industrial markets through platform-focused subsidiaries. Katahdin's coating operations are conducted through Precision Coating Co., Inc., one of the largest fluoro-polymer coating applicators in the world, with expertise in PTFE and Teflon® coating applications in the medical device market. Specialized metal finishing services are conducted through DCHN, LLC, an industry leader in technical aluminum anodizing, electro-polish and passivation, and other related services. Sanford Process Corporation provides hard coat anodizing solutions, as well as licenses the company's intellectual property, to a range of well known OEMS and their prime subcontractors worldwide.
CONMED is a medical technology company with an emphasis on surgical devices and equipment for minimally invasive procedures. The company's products are used by surgeons and physicians in a variety of specialties including orthopedics, general surgery, gynecology, neurosurgery and gastroenterology. Headquartered in Utica, New York, the Company's 3,600 employees distribute its products worldwide from several manufacturing locations. CONMED has a direct selling presence in 16 countries outside the United States, and international sales constitute approximately 50% of the company's total sales.