AquaGlide® Hydrophilic Coating

Slippery When Wet

Wire coatingsAquaGlide® coating is a group of specially formulated and applied hydrophilic (water loving) coatings developed to absorb water, saline solutions and bodily fluids, and to provide a low friction surface when hydrated. These coatings are bonded to metals, plastics and flexible or rubber substrates to provide low friction surface characteristics when in the presence of fluids.

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Key Features of AquaGlide®

  • Provides easy, low friction insertion and removal of devices.
  • Friction forces reduced, compared to dry friction; up to 95% when surface is hydrated.
  • Clear / translucent color to allow visible depth or markings on device.
  • Pigmented / tinted formulations available.
  • Adhesion optimized with specific formulations for different substrate requirements.
  • Low temperature bonding for heat sensitive substrates.
  • Reduce potential tissue damage and increase patient comfort.
  • Permanently bonded.
  • Custom colors and formulations available

Surface Solutions Group offers three specifically formulated AquaGlide® hydrophilic coatings:

  • AquaGlide® -M for metal surfaces: Most medical metals such as stainless steel alloys and Nitinol are coated with our family of hydrophilic coatings to provide water-absorbing properties and to increase patient comfort with these inserted metal devices. Titanium, platinum, plated metals, and many more are successfully processed.
  • AquaGlide® -R for rubber or flexible surfaces: All types of rubber devices, tubing and guards are provided with a surface to provide low friction when moistened with water or saline solutions on the normally high-friction, yet flexible rubber and synthetic rubber surfaces. Many flexible polymers including urethane, Pebax, buna-n, nitrile, nylon and other natural rubber compounds are successfully processed.
  • AquaGlide® -P for plastic surfaces: Many plastic and filled glass or fiber-reinforced plastic surfaces of medical devices can have the low friction surface provided by a bonded hydrophilic coating. When moistened with water or a saline solution, the coated plastic surface adopts the hydrophilic properties of a true low friction surface. Many different types of plastic, including polyimide and glass filled plastics are successfully processed.

Specialty formulations and colors are available.

Application & Properties: Doctors working with coating medical devices

  • Dry film .0002”—.0004” or 0.005—0.0010mm
  • Transparent / translucent bonded film
  • Ultra accurate spray or dip processed
  • Low temperature cure formulations available
  • 510K assistance available
  • Biocompatible and antithrombogenic
  • Applied to existing designs of devices

Click here to access an AquaGlide® tech sheet:  icon AquaGlide® Tech Sheet

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