There are a number of methods and technologies with which to affect the surface of a product. Each has its own set of advantages and best-use case scenarios. With medical devices, however, a surface finish that helps eliminate the chance of infection transmission is going to be particularly of interest. Electropolishing leaves behind an exceptionally shiny surface, free of any flaws, pits, or rough edges. The finish also helps to eliminate the need for other processes to augment the surface of a part.
This surface finishing technology, while advantageous, requires an expert to achieve the best results. As such, we spoke with Pat Hayes, vice president of business development at Able Electropolishing Co., Inc., to gain a better understanding of the process and why its so favorable for medical device manufacturers specifically.