Stainless steel, titanium, and metal alloys are popular in the life sciences due to their biocompatibility. However, left uncoated, these materials create serious problems for applications outside the human body that are invisible to the naked eye.
Biomolecules like proteins adsorb to bare metal surfaces - even titanium - causing false diagnostic results in regular screenings. Bacteria stick inside the microscopic crevices of food contact surfaces, leading to pitting and contamination. Common cleaning agents, organic solvents, and even high-purity water used in food production and biopharmaceutical manufacturing cause “rouging,” fouling, and corrosion of stainless steel that is expensive to repair or replace.
SilcoTek’s NSF approved and FDA compliant coating processes create a bio-inert barrier that shields metals used in critical life sciences applications. We partner with leading manufacturers to enhance clinical diagnostic analyzers, biopharmaceutical equipment (BPE), food contact surfaces, medical devices, and more. Our coatings are comprised of abundant Earth materials like silicon (Si) and contain absolutely no PFAS unlike fluoropolymers such as PTFE.
SilcoTek’s coating processes enable high-performance surface properties on preferred materials of construction in the life sciences:
Our coatings improve materials used throughout test labs, hospitals, and manufacturing operations:
SilcoTek performs coating processes, precision cleaning, citric 2 stainless steel passivation, and ISO 6 cleanroom packaging for the life sciences from our ISO 9001:2015 certified facility on a wide variety of components, including but not limited to:
While our coating materials offer game-changing advantages, the processes we use to apply them are what make SilcoTek unique. We have perfected chemical vapor deposition (CVD) at scale, enabling economical coating of any part geometry at high volumes. Unlike typical liquid spray or physical coating methods, CVD enables coating of sub-micron sized openings, sharp edges, flexible components like bellows, and high aspect ratio flow paths. SilcoTek coatings have superior adhesion, allowing coated products to be bent and flexed without damaging the surface.