Carbide and cermet grades for biocompatible tools in the medical industry from CERATIZIT
Certified according to DIN EN ISO 10993-5
CERATIZIT S.A., Mamer (Luxembourg), 17 December 2019
The CERATIZIT Group is now offering its customers in the medical industry 15, DIN EN ISO 10993-5-certified, non-cytotoxic carbide and cermet grades for biocompatible medical and dental tools. Testing for in-vitro cytotoxicity was carried out by the accredited testing laboratory Creamedix GmbH.
For more than 30 years, CERATIZIT has been supplying the medical industry with both standard and customer-specific products based on its own specially-developed carbide grades. CERATIZIT’s carbide and cermet solutions are vastly superior to standard steel products thanks to their extreme hardness, toughness, breakage resistance, temperature and corrosion resistance. However, in the field of medical products, it’s not only performance that plays a role – patient safety is also key, and must be guaranteed at all costs.
The customer saves both time and money
Therefore, in the future, new EU legislation will require the certification of all medical products for biocompatibility. For CERATIZIT’s customers, the certification of non-cytotoxic carbide and cermet grades represents a monetary advantage against this background, as explained by Development Engineer Dr Michael Dröschel: “With our materials that are already certified to DIN EN ISO 10993-5, we are removing an important obstacle in the certification of our customers’ end products, thus saving them time and money”.
The CERATIZIT Group worked together with Creamedix GmbH in Weingarten (Baden) for the certification of the new materials. The ISO 17025-accredited bioanalytics laboratory specialises in the testing of medical products and their source materials for biocompatibility according to ISO 10993, and, in particular, in-vitro based analysis systems as an alternative to animal models.
Wide product spectrum
With the new grades, CERATIZIT covers a wide spectrum of products. Whether a standard stock product or a tailor-made blank, CERATIZIT supplies specific carbide grades for a wide range of applications in the medical technology industry: from tools such as drills and dental burs to needle holder plates, through to forceps and much more.
The products are suitable for a broad range of applications, such as bones, tissue and tendons as well as for titanium, metal alloys, and ceramics. Thanks to their many years of experience and know-how along the entire product chain from powder to the final product, CERATIZIT’s experts can also offer the best advice on individual solutions.
Additional information on the DIN EN ISO10993 5-certified carbide and cermet grades can be accessed via the following link: https://www.ceratizit.com/en/products/wear-protection/list/detail/product-detail/health-industry/
Hard Material Solutions by CERATIZIT - wear protection for every application and industry
In the field of industrial wear protection the experts forming part of the competence brand Hard Material Solutions by CERATIZIT actively seek for new sectors and applications in which customer-specific carbide solutions efficiently replace wear parts and thus make the production processes more economic or increase production. This includes everything from tools for metal forming and high-performance components for tool and die construction to customised solutions for wear protection. From the simple ball to water-jet nozzles, from products for mills and the automotive industry to high-pressure tools for diamond production – the development specialists at Hard Material Solutions by CERATIZIT are always ready to face new challenges to make customers’ applications even more efficient.
CERATIZIT – passion and pioneering spirit for carbides
For over 95 years, CERATIZIT has been a pioneer developing exceptional hard material products for cutting tools and wear protection. The privately owned company, based in Mamer, Luxembourg, develops and manufactures highly specialised carbide cutting tools, inserts and rods made of hard materials as well as wear parts. We are the market leader in several wear part application areas, and successfully develop new types of carbide, cermet and ceramic grades which are used for instance in the wood and stone working industry.
With over 8,000 employees at more than 30 production sites and a sales network of over 50 branch offices, the Group is a global player in the carbide industry. Our international network also includes the subsidiaries KOMET, WNT, Becker Diamantwerkzeuge, and Stadler Metalle, as well as the joint venture CB-CERATIZIT. As a leader in materials technology, we continuously invest in research and development and hold over 1,000 patents. Our innovative carbide solutions are used in mechanical engineering and tool construction and many other industries including the automotive, aerospace, oil and medical sectors.