PCX COATING SYSTEM
Harland Medical Systems presents the PCX Series Coating System for applying and curing ultraviolet-cured medical device coatings. The PCX coater integrates both dip coating and curing in one compact unit. Ideal for coating catheters, guidewires, introducers, and similar medical devices. The pre-engineered modules mean you can select the feature packages and automation levels you need for your particular application, without the long lead times associated with custom-designed equipment.
The PCX Coating Station contains two processing chambers – left and right. A removable cassette holds up to 12 parts in each chamber. A dipping module and a curing module shuttle back and forth between the processing chambers. While one set of 12 parts is being dipped, the cure module is curing a second set of parts in the other chamber. This simultaneous processing provides near continuous processing for the operator.
The Dip Coating module holds a vertical motion column that lowers a pallet of devices into individual solution tubes. The PCX Coating System uses U-shaped tubes, meaning you can coat long devices without the need for unusually high ceiling clearance. And for shorter coated lengths, a Straight Dip configuration is available. These tubes are removable and disposable to help keep your coating solution fresh. You have the ability to program the immersion speed, immersion distance, and extraction speed that is right for your device and coating chemistry. An optional alignment comb automatically keeps parts aligned with solution tubes and can also serve as an Autofeeder to assist parts into solution tubes. A Dual Solution option accommodates two separate solutions for those coating technologies requiring two unique fluids. Other optional dipping accessories monitor coating solution level, replenish depleted fluid and measure critical solution properties.
The UV Cure Module produces a flood of the proper spectrum UV light to cure today’s coating chemistries. In order to assure uniform curing, the parts rotate individually in front of the UV light sources. These sources are arranged in stacked pairs with each pair curing 25 cm of part length. Sources can be added to coat up to 170 cm of device length.
A shutter opens and closes for precise control of cure time. When this shutter is closed and no curing is underway, UV sources can be reduced to standby power to conserve energy and extend bulb life.
Uncoated devices are loaded, 12 at a time, into the coater on a removable cassette. After starting the fresh devices through their coating process, finished devices can be removed from the opposite side of the coater and new uncoated devices loaded.
With connection to internet, PCX Coater can be operated remotely for service and training.