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Thermal Processing for Medical Devices & Applications

Paulo provides advanced heat treatment services for medical components in addition to the equipment and tooling used to manufacture critical medical supplies.

How We Support the Medical Supply Chain

We understand that health care providers rely on your components to restore and maintain the health of the people they serve. We also know that medical applications require specialized attention to deliver lot consistency, bright and shiny appearances, and in-spec results. Here are a few ways we help.

Lot Consistency & Handling

With automation and precision controls, we bring you bright, scale-free parts with dependable consistency between lots. These repeatable results, along with delicate handling, put your mind and your bottom line at ease by preventing part loss.

Quality Control

Our ISO 9001 and Nadcap certifications demonstrate that we are well-versed in treating components for highly regulated industries like yours. Once your parts are processed, we verify results through a rigorous testing process that can be tailored to satisfy your requirements.

Advanced Capabilities

With the largest in-house metallurgy team in the industry, the Paulo team draws on vast knowledge and experience to achieve precise results in advanced thermal processes such as hot isostatic pressing, vacuum annealing, and more. We continue to invest in equipment to bring you the latest capabilities and the capacity to handle rush jobs and volume fluctuations.

Thermal Processing Capabilities for Medical

We are a full-service commercial thermal processor with a comprehensive range of capabilities and a vast equipment array. These are a few of the services we most commonly perform for our medical customers.

Hot isostatic pressing

Hot isostatic pressing (HIP) uses heat and pressure to minimize porosity in castings and additively manufactured components. It is an ideal process for parts with complex geometries such as medical implants because it applies pressure across all surfaces of the part equally, resulting in minimal distortion.

Vacuum heat treating

We perform many processes in our vacuum furnaces for medical applications, including vacuum annealing, vacuum tempering, vacuum hardening, and solution treating. One of the reasons why vacuum heat treating is ideal for medical applications is it helps to prevent scale from forming on tool and stainless steels. This streamlines the post-processing required to yield bright and shiny parts, which helps us meet your required lead times.

 

Vacuum brazing

Our process supports treatments that require a variety of brazing alloys, including nickel, gold, silver, and copper. Vacuum brazing is ideal for tight-tolerance components with a high risk associated with distortion. Our precision-controlled heating yields high-integrity braze joints. Finally, we can combine vacuum brazing and solution treating into a single cycle to increase the efficiency of your parts’ processing.

Hot isostatic pressing

Vacuum heat treating

Vacuum brazing

Hot isostatic pressing

Hot isostatic pressing (HIP) uses heat and pressure to minimize porosity in castings and additively manufactured components. It is an ideal process for parts with complex geometries such as medical implants because it applies pressure across all surfaces of the part equally, resulting in minimal distortion.

Vacuum heat treating

We perform many processes in our vacuum furnaces for medical applications, including vacuum annealing, vacuum tempering, vacuum hardening, and solution treating. One of the reasons why vacuum heat treating is ideal for medical applications is it helps to prevent scale from forming on tool and stainless steels. This streamlines the post-processing required to yield bright and shiny parts, which helps us meet your required lead times.

 

Vacuum brazing

Our process supports treatments that require a variety of brazing alloys, including nickel, gold, silver, and copper. Vacuum brazing is ideal for tight-tolerance components with a high risk associated with distortion. Our precision-controlled heating yields high-integrity braze joints. Finally, we can combine vacuum brazing and solution treating into a single cycle to increase the efficiency of your parts’ processing.

Medical Components We Process

  • Guide Wires
  • Stents
  • Surgical Hand Tools
  • Robotic Surgical Tools
  • Surgical Needles
  • Bone Mill Blades
  • Surgical Clamps
  • Hypodermic Tubing
  • Device Assemblies
  • Implants

Materials

We work across a broad spectrum of metals and are experts in how different alloys behave during processing—especially carbon steels, alloy steels, tool steels, cobalt chrome, stainless steels, and titanium alloys. We are also familiar with the requirements of parts made from a variety of manufacturing methods, including traditional machining, die casting, additive manufacturing, and more.

Serving the Entire Medical Industry Supply Chain

  • Fasteners
  • Bearings & Gears
  • Stampings & Fineblankings
  • Screw Machine Parts
  • Castings
  • Forgings
  • Tools & Molds

Trust Your Parts to Paulo

From precise processing to testing, handling, and more, Paulo’s team can provide a vital link in your supply chain. Our team of in-house metallurgists can also help identify and resolve issues that a previous heat treater may have had to bring your parts to spec. Bottom line? Bring us your challenges, and let’s work on solving them together.

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