These days surgical Instruments are made from a variety of materials including composites, plastics, titanium, and (the more traditional;) stainless steel. Typically two types of stainless steel series are most commonly used for instruments manufacturing.
The Austenitic steel cannot be hardened through heat treatment. The 304 grade is the typical grade used for surgical instruments and is suited for items which require some malleability, that is, they can be pressed or formed into another shape without breaking the metal. Cannulas, retractors, probes, mallets, and spreaders are amongst some of the instruments that are traditionally manufactured through this series of steel.
The Martensitic steel are low carbon steel that can be hardened and tempered through heat treatment process. Due to the strength achieveable through hardening process, this series of steel is more suitable for instruments that require strength and tough cutting edges. Bone cutters, clamps, forceps, needle holders, and chisels are some of the instruments that are traditionally manufactured through the 410/420 grade of this series of steel.
In order to maintain high quality and repeatability for our products, we strive to perform all production processes in -house. And while there are hundreds of sub-processes and tasks that go into the manufacturing of our surgical instruments, following is a list of major processes that we perform in house.
Shear & Press Work (we import our own steel from Japan)
Each of the above processes comes with its own parameters which have to be tailored to the needs of each item in production and customer’s requests. The above list gives you a brief idea of what goes on behind making a quality product in our company. Making a surgical instrument is tough enough, making it in good quality is painstakingly tougher. And even though we make great disposable instruments, our main strength lies with manufacturing the best quality reusable instruments.
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