Helping Our Clients Breathe Easier
Client: Industry-Leading Medical Device Manufacturer
Challenge: Our client manufactures pulmonary compression vests that are designed to help patients with COPD, asthma, and other lung conditions breathe easier. The vests work by rapidly inflating and deflating air pockets inside the vest, gently compressing and releasing the chest wall to create improved airflow within the lungs.
To produce the pressure and oscillations necessary for proper inflation and deflation over the lifetime of the device, and for optimum portability, strong, lightweight parts with high lubricity were necessary.
When an Electroless Nickel with PTFE coating was applied, the parts wore too quickly, producing a fine powder which interfered with the free movement necessary for the vest to function efficiently.
Solution: Advanced Surface Technologies worked with the medical device manufacturer to assess the wear characteristics of the device’s moving parts, ultimately recommending our new Boron Nitride Electroless Nickel coating. This advanced composite plating material possesses a unique combination of high hardness and extreme lubricity, allowing the vests’ moving components to handle a heavier workload with low friction over a longer period of time without producing the powdery dust produced by the PTFE coating.
Benefit: AST collaborated closely with our client to provide a coating solution that allows an important medical apparatus to function efficiently over a longer period of time, allowing our client to profitably supply a device that has improved the daily lives of thousands of patients.
AST Springs Into Action to Bring Client’s Part to Market Quickly
Client: Market-Leading Aftermarket Firearms Accessories Company
Challenge: With only weeks to go before launching a new high capacity ammunition clip to the market, our client found that using Electroless Nickel with PTFE plating to coat a critical leaf spring was too soft and wore down quickly, which interfered with the clip’s ability to efficiently feed ammunition into the chamber of the firearm.
Solution: After consulting with the manufacturer and testing the parts in question to assess the nature of the issue, we suggested a Boron Nitride Electroless Nickel (BNEN) coating that combines the lubricity necessary for the leaf spring to move freely, with the hardness needed to allow the device to function with a minimum of wear.
Thanks to our in-house testing abilities, AST was able to produce a prototype part within a few days, and after working with the client to iron out the production process, we went into full production in less than a week.
Benefit: The part functions beautifully within the magazine, allowing our client to mass-produce and sell over a hundred thousand clips to date, improving the performance of weapons, while extending their usable lifespan. The coating has been so successful that they are considering switching other products to the BNEN coating.
Do you have a specific project in mind? Please contact us to find out how we can assist you starting from the designing stage to make your product even better and more cost efficient.