Fast drying, nonflammable deposition solvents for medical device manufacturing
Lubricant and coating deposition solvents are used in a wide range of medical device manufacturing applications, from coating needles and catheters with lubricants – in order to reduce patient discomfort during insertion.
Since the phaseout of HCFC-141b and other ozone depleting substances, a number of alternative deposition solvents have been investigated, with mixed results. Some raise workplace safety issues, because of flammability or toxicity concerns; others are too aggressive, and can damage delicate substrates.
Now 3M™ Novec™ Engineered Fluids offer you a safe, effective, sustainable solution for dispersing a wide variety of coatings and lubricants including silicone, fluorocarbons and PTFE. Novec fluids are a family of nonflammable, fast drying deposition solvents that can be used to deposit lubricants and coatings on many different types of surfaces, including metals, plastics and elastomers.
Novec fluids have low surface tension for uniform coating, and they evaporate rapidly to potentially speed your drying process. They are being successfully used today for applying silicone and to disperse other lubricants on medical devices and components such as hypodermic needles, surgical and cutting blades, and PVC tubing.
Uniform wetting and coating
Can disperse a wide variety of coatings
Zero ozone depletion potential
Low global warming potential
Solvent solutions available for most substrates
Novec Fluids for Lubricant and Coating Deposition – Product Selection Guide
Note: The recommendations given here are for general consideration only. The compatibility of the solvent with the parts being coated must be considered prior to evaluation. Some plastics or elastomers may be sensitive to the more aggressive solvents.
Silicone deposition, staples, cartridge, and gun parts
Silicone on sutures
Deposition of reactive silicone on blades and needles
Carrier solvent application for needles and shunts
Silicone coating on catheter raceways - polycarbonate
Deposition of reactive and nonreactive silicone blends
3M EMMD Medical Device Policy
3M™ Novec™ Engineered Fluids are intended for use as process solvents in applications, such as cleaning and coating, that historically used CFCs and HCFCs. They are not intended, nor approved, for incorporation into medical devices or for use in pharmaceuticals. 3M will not support applications such as lung perfusion or blood substitutes, that involve temporary or permanent implantation of the Novec engineered fluid.
Read a complete statement of 3M Electronic Markets Materials Division's Global Policy regarding the sale and use of products for medical and pharmaceutical applications.