In this blog post we discuss how non reactive, high purity coatings like Dursan improve in vitro diagnostic probes and needles.
SilcoTek® Coatings Improve In Vitro Diagnostic Probes
SilcoTek’s coating technology has a long history of improving performance of very narrow
and precise instrumentation, and our customers who manufacture probes understand
the importance of proper surface technology. The Dursan® process is a chemically inert,
silicon-based coating that improves corrosion resistance and reduces protein carryover
promoting more accurate test results as well as more thorough cleaning, disinfection,
and sterilization processing. SilcoTek’s Dursan technology has been rigorously tested
to ensure proper performance and to earn an NSF Certification and a USP Class VI
In this blog post you will learn:
SilcoTek coatings offer unique performance benefits. Because they're both non reactive and durable they're able to stand up to harsh cleaning environments while delivering reliable analytical performance. And because coatings like Dursan resist protein binding and fouling there's significantly less cross contamination.
- Improve Cleaning - Dursan’s inert barrier reduces contamination and buildup of biological material, while making standard rinsing easier and more effective.
- Easy Integration - Run processes as normal while enjoying the coating benefits. SilcoTek coatings hold up to steam and conform to parts, creating no appreciable changes to tolerances or surface morphology.
- Enhance Performance - Improve diagnostic sensitivity by reducing non-specific protein binding and carryover.
- Increase Efficiency - By improving corrosion and contamination problems, cleaning will be more effective and parts will need to be replaced less often.
- Reduce Contamination - An inert barrier will prevent contamination commonly caused by the sample, the reagent, or ions leaching from probe metal.
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Apply Dursan® to existing component designs to improve corrosion resistance and analytical performance. Dursan is a micro thin precision coating that minimally impacts component dimensions, making it an ideal coating for small bore tubing, needles, and probes. SilcoTek® solves common issues with probes like:
- Poor performance caused by carryover of proteins.
- High cost due to corrosion related component replacement, especially from bleach.
- Contamination from leaching of metal ions out of equipment.
- Poor analytical sensitivity for challenging samples.
- Downtime caused by frequent maintenance and cleaning.
Learn more about how SilcoTek® coatings can solve problems in your application.
How SilcoTek Coats Small Bore Tubing
Our patented coating process fills the inner bore of the tubing, needle, or probe surface with our silicon based coating chemistry. The coating then binds to the surface during processing to make a uniform silicon barrier.
We proved coating aspect ratio capabilities by coating a 1/16" OD, .4mm ID tube with multiple bends both internally and externally. After coating, the tube was cut open to examine the coating at the center-most point inside the tube. In addition to the external coating on the tube, a quick visual inspection shows the vibrant purple-colored SilcoTek coating inside the narrow bore.
Coating Performance Data
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Improve Anti-hemolytic and Anti-sticking Properties
SilcoTek’s Dursan® coating is anti-hemolytic, achieving a customer’s goal of <2% red blood cells killed from a human blood sample. Stainless steel is typically 5-10% hemolytic but lacks Dursan’s inert, non-stick properties. A competitive coating tested as highly hemolytic, killing over 62% of red blood cells.
Prevent Bleach Corrosion and Variability
ASTM G31 72 hour comparative bleach immersion studies prove that Dursan significantly reduces the risk of corrosion in diagnostic probes, thus reducing any variability.
Reduce Metal Ion Leaching and Contamination
SilcoTek® measured metal ions leaching in methanol after a month of soaking to compare MP35N and SilcoTek coatings performance. Coated samples all showed less than 1 ppb metal ion content leached into the methanol, while MP35N measured significantly worse at roughly 12 ppb of metal ions.
Ensure Sensitive, Fast and Accurate Analysis
These chromatograms show Dursan-coated hardware outperforming stainless steel and titanium while measuring a tricky, chelating agent. In group B, the analysis is more sensitive and accurate while maintaining a faster response.
Enjoy Performance After Steam Sterilization
FTIR analysis shows there was little significant change observable before and after the autoclave exposure for the Dursan surface. A slight increase in Si-OH functional groups accounts for ~10° decrease in DI water contact angle.
SilcoTek's patented chemical vapor deposition process is designed to penetrate and coat complex geometries and small bore tubing. The non-line-of-sight deposition technology assures the inner bore of tubing is coated. This means that diagnostic systems can benefit from an inert, non stick, and corrosion resistant surface, improving the accuracy, repeatability, precision, and durability of test systems while reducing the risk of carryover and cross contamination.
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