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Coronavirus Update

To our valued and trusted business partners, I want to advise you that Surface Solutions Group will remain open during the Illinois “Shelter in Place” Executive Order 2020-10 issue by Illinois Governor Pritzker as of 5:00 PM Saturday, March 21, 2020. Surface Solutions Group qualifies to remain open under the “essential services” category and is aligned with the Essential Business and Operations Manufacture, distribution and supply chain for critical products and industries supplying the medical and healthcare industries Surface Solutions Group is a essential supplier of products to the medical device manufacturers, producing life-sustaining medical devices, including product that supports ICUs...

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PTFE Coated Mandrels

A mandrel is a stiff wire that is inserted into a catheter or other medical tubing. Mandrels provide hollow tubular structures with support and rigidity. Since mandrels play such an essential part in the production of many medical devices, it’s important that their performance is reliable and consistent. This is why Surface Solutions Group offers PTFE coated mandrels in both stainless steel or nitinol. PTFE Coated Mandrel Applications Mandrels perform a variety of tasks, depending on the trade for which they are being used. Within the medical industry, mandrels tend to refer to forming molds for precision medical device components. These forming...

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SSG Acquires ISO 13485:2016 Certification in Zero-Findings Audit

September 24, 2018. Surface Solutions Group participated in an independent audit, conducted by DQS, Inc., which concluded on August 8, 2018. It was determined that all the requirements were met for the ISO 13485:2016 Certification. The audit included a survey of Surface Solutions Group’s quality control, coating processes, production, employee relations, safety, and purchasing systems. The 3rd-party auditing organization concluded there were zero audited control areas requiring improvement! The ISO 13485:2016 certification is one coveted by medical device organizations around the world and is currently the highest caliber internationally-accepted guideline to which a company can adhere, to validate compliance to critical rules and regulations...

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Advantage of Slick Sil® on Silicone for Medical Devices

Silicone is a perfect biomedical material, except for one fault, it is too tacky for most applications. When silicone rubber comes in contact with other surfaces including other silicone it will resist motion with a coefficient of friction that exceeds 1.0. Some solutions that have been used in the past are a thin dry coating like Parylene. Two major issues with Parylene is that it does not flex or bend with the silicone substrate, the other is that the Parylene can actually change the durometer of the silicone making it much harder than desired. Silicone oils, and other lubricants have...

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Quality Manager Laura Abad named in Products Finishing’s 40 Under 40

Laura Abad, Quality Manager, CQE was listed in Product Finishing’s 2017 list of the Top 40 Under 40! We are proud to see Laura receive this accommodation and are very happy to have her on our team. As stated in the article: Laura started as an inspector in 2006 and became the quality manager in 2009. She maintained QMS in compliance to ISO 9001:2008 standard for Orion Industries and Dimension Bond for six years and in 2015 led the team to successfully achieve AS9100 certification. She now functions as the full-time Quality Manager for Surface Solutions Group. Congratulations, Laura!

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SSG Featured in Cleanroom Technology

SSG was featured in a Febuary ’17 article on Cleanroom Technology’s website! The article highlights the many ways our controlled environment facility improves quality and cost-savings for our customers. Check out the full article here!

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Benefits of Non-Stick Dental & Orthodontic Coatings

Nonstick coatings for dental instruments and orthodontic appliances help to reduce bacteria both in the mouth as well as in medical office environments. Learn more about different kinds of coatings and the additional benefits they provide. Antimicrobial Coating Benefits for Dental Applications Dental devices are prone to unwanted bacteria from normal oral flora, the outside environment as well as from the instruments themselves. One way to protect dental patients from unwanted bacterial infections is to slow the microbe growth rate during instrument storage using non-stick coatings, such as Teflon PTFE. Dental Applications of PTFE Coatings Dental tools that are often coated with...

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PTFE Coated Stimulation Needles

Many medical devices are covered with non-stick coatings, such as PTFE, to enhance their properties and performance. One such medical product is the stimulation needle. Used for a variety of medical procedures and applications, the PTFE coated stimulation needle is capable of reducing pain for patients along with numerous other benefits. What is a Stimulation Needle? Stimulation needles are a perfect connection between needle, tubing and connection cable that works together to prevent the escape of fluids. The nature of this design also makes it possible to prepare a stimulation needle with an external plastic casing that perfectly unites the needle, tube and connection...

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Visi Mark® PTFE Medical Grade Coatings with Banding and High-Contrast Markings

Visi Mark® is a product of Surface Solutions Group, Inc. (SSG) to enhance medical devices with a low friction polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) coating and permanent visible marks. Markings often include permanent alpha-numeric characters that denote manufacturing codes, dates, and style along with banding. Many combinations of contrasted markings can be applied by SSG during the coating process per your design or specifications. The combination of banding and alpha-numeric characters is often used for nasal cannulas, guidewires, probes and needles, however Visi Mark® coatings and permanent markings are available for any SSG PTFE coated medical device. Designs can be marked with a...

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Electrosurgical Blades and Tip Coatings in the Operating Room

Medicine is moving towards more technologically advanced systems and surgeons are the prominent users of these instruments. Disposable electrosurgical blades and tip coatings offer unsurpassed performance and design features. During surgery, a surgeon needs a set number of tools that are specific to the operation and that must be accounted for throughout the procedure. During electrosurgery high frequency AC energy is used to simultaneously cut and coagulate tissue to minimize blood loss. Oftentimes surgeons have to stop procedures to remove eschar (carbonized tissue) from the stainless steel cutting tips of probes – a common performance problem associated with tools coated with non-stick polytetrafluoroethylen...

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