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Custom Bearings in the Medical Industry

Posted: Mar 9, 2018 5:03:05 PM

Devices designed for use in the medical industry must meet rigorous standards of quality and performance, requiring them to be outfitted with high-quality custom bearings that are specifically designed for use within medical devices. In this article, we'll take a look at some of the advanced features of the bearings manufactured by Hartford Technologies that make them ideal for use in medical devices as well as a number of cutting-edge medical devices and the role that quality bearings play in their performance.

Custom Bearings Used in Medical Laboratory Equipment

The advanced laboratory equipment used to analyze blood, urine, and tissue samples plays a vital role in modern healthcare, helping to accurately diagnose thousands of patients each day. These machines are often highly automated, able to handle hundreds of samples at a time, and rely on a number of mechanical processes in order to function as intended. As such, they require highly specialized bearings in order to maintain optimum performance.

The first factor to consider when choosing custom bearings for medical laboratory equipment is lubrication. The cleanliness standards of medical equipment dictate that bearings are not able to be frequently lubricated once they are placed within the device, so sealed bearings that do not require frequent lubrication are often used. These seals may be made out of nitrile rubber, Teflon, or viton.

As for the balls within the bearing, martensitic stainless steel is the most common material used, though ceramic and other types of stainless steel balls may be used as well. Bearings used in medical devices are often exposed to high levels of condensation as well as being exposed to the fluids that are being tested such as blood or urine. This constant exposure to moisture dictates that the bearings must exhibit a good fatigue life, and martensitic stainless steel meets this requirement.

Advanced Features of Hartford Technologies Custom Bearings for Medical Devices

Medical devices often present a number of complex challenges when it comes to bearing design. They operate at high speeds, require the bearings to exhibit low noise levels, require a long service life, and require the bearing to be exposed to a number of harsh chemicals and fluids.

At Hartford Technologies, we work tirelessly to advance the technology of our bearings and manufacture superb-quality bearings that are able to stand up to the rigorous demands of medical devices. Our bearings make use of cutting-edge materials designed specifically for use in medical devices, are precision made so as to produce minimal amounts of noise and vibration, and come pre-lubricated so that no extra lubrication is required at any point in the bearing's life-cycle.

Outfit Your Medical Device With Bearings from Hartford Technologies

If you are designing a device for use in the medical industry, it is imperative that you use the highest quality bearings on the market today. At Hartford Technologies, we're proud to be an industry leading bearing manufacturer for use in medical devices and offer a wide range of materials, sizes, and designs to fit any need.

If you would like to learn more about the many advantages of equipping your medical device with high-quality bearings from Hartford Technologies, we invite you to contact us today.

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Topics: Custom Bearings