Lubricity Testing - Manipulation of Data for a Smoother Outcome

Posted by Josh Simon on Thu, Jul 05, 2012 @ 04:27

I've been locked in my office all day today working on the slides for this upcoming webinar.  You can registor for it by clicking this link:

 

 Coating Pinch Test Webinar

 

Depending on how you test a hydrophilic coating, you will get different outcomes, for the same coating, and some may be "good" and others not.  Moreover, companies that sell hydrophilic coating frequently "massage" the data, usually by leaving out some particulars, to make their coatings seem more lubricious or durable than they really are.

What I aim to do here is not directly attack printed data, but rather educate the public on the proper questions to ask about data, so they can think critically about it themselves.  I will go over several different types of  lubricity and durability tests, as well as their pro's and con's, and then focus on a particularly common coating test called a Pinch Test.  From there, I will talk about how you can get different results from that test depending on how you run it, and what things you should look out for when trying to make "apples to apples" comparisons between lubricious coatings.

The slides should be informative and I at least try a little to make them entertaining as well, so come on by!

Tags: lubricious coating, Hydrophilic Coating, penton webinar, pinch tester, pinch test, hydrophilic coatings, lubricious coatings, Webinar, pinch testing

Hydrophilic and Hydrophobic Coatings for Medical Applications

Posted by Josh Simon on Wed, Aug 24, 2011 @ 03:04

Along with a colleague of mine from Specialty Coating Systems, I will be hosting a webinar discussing both hydrophilic and hydrophobic coatings.  It would be my pleasure for all interested readers to register and come hear the talk.  There will be an opportunity to ask questions afterward.

The webinar will cover:

  • Hydrophobic vs. hydrophilic coatings, and examples of applications that may benefit from one of these coatings.

  • HYDAK® hydrophilic coatings for medical devices are lubricious, abrasion resistant, non-thombogenic, and biocompatible. Suitable for coating vascular catheters, guide wires and other medical devices, they can be applied to a wide range of polymeric and metallic substrates.  Learn which applications are most suitable for hydrophilic coatings.

  • Parylene conformal coatings are ultra-thin and biocompatible, and offer excellent moisture, chemical and dielectric barrier protection to a wide range of medical devices and components. Parylene coatings also improve the lubricity of components and reduce surface tack.

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Tags: Hydrophilic Coating, hydrophobic coating, penton webinar, Webinar