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Sono-Tek Reveals MediCoat DES3000, a Tabletop Stent Coating System

Published on 2013-10-09. Author : SpecialChem

MILTON, NY -- Sono–Tek Corporation, one of the leaders in precision implantable stent coating systems, announced the availability of the MediCoat DES3000, a next generation tabletop stent coating system that uses Sono–Tek's precision 180kHz ultrasonic nozzle to spray anti–restentosis drug/polymer solutions onto arterial implantable stents.

Steve Harshbarger, Sono–Tek's President, comments, "This new system was a natural progression from our MediCoat DES1000. Over the past 2 years Sono–Tek has made major technical advances in our equipment used for stent coating. These advancements incorporate seamlessly into the MediCoat DES3000 platform, allowing manufacturers to be able to take full advantage of all of these new features in a single machine. Keeping in mind our MediCoat systems are already used by the vast majority of stent research and manufacturing organizations worldwide, Sono–Tek designed the system to enable manufacturers using the MediCoat DES1000 to move to the DES3000 model with minimal, and in many cases no need for time consuming regulatory requalification."

Among the new features of the MediCoat DES3000 are:

  • Sono–Tek's patented 180kHZ ultrasonic nozzle, with a 9–10 micron median drop size (with Acetone)
  • User friendly software programming with data logging and live monitoring of all system functions
  • High resolution, high magnification camera for real time video monitoring of active process
  • Enhanced nozzle position and high precision alignment fixture ensures the highest repeatability from stent to stent and machine to machine
  • New ECHO ultrasonic generator with expanded atomization functions and greater power resolution
  • Quick release mandrel design for fast and easy loading/unloading of stents

For companies that are not familiar with Sono–Tek's MediCoat line of ultrasonic spray systems, Sono–Tek provides full coating solutions for R&D and small to high volume stent coating processes. High frequency ultrasonic spray provides the most uniform, thin films onto complex stent geometries, with no webbing of the polymer, and no cracking or peeling, providing a flexible yet strong polymer bond.

About Sono–Tek

Sono–Tek Corporation was founded in 1975 by Dr. Harvey L. Berger, Ph.D.(Inventor of the ultrasonic nozzle). Sono–Tek designs, manufactures, installs and services precision ultrasonic spraying systems for a myriad of industries and applications worldwide Sono–Tek has introduced ultrasonic technology into many new markets, including advanced energy applications such as silicon and thin film solar cell manufacturing, fuel cell coatings and ultrasonic coatings for food and food packaging. They are one of the leaders in precision thin film coating systems that are environmentally-friendly and offer many key advantages over other coating methods.

Source: Sono–Tek

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