Medical technology

Edelstahl Medizintechnik

Stainless steel for medical and surgical applications

In contrast to ordinary steel and other materials, stainless steel is also playing an increasingly important role in the field of medical and surgical technology:

  • Hospital furniture
  • Medical equipment
  • Surgical tools
  • Pharmaceutical devices
  • Etc.

Due to its many positive properties, this versatile metal is being used more and more frequently in healthcare and is used by many manufacturers to meet the highest demands.

mirrorINOX: we manufacture high-quality stainless steel for medical technology

No matter whether you want to use stainless steel products with one of the following finishes:

  • Grit-polished
  • Mirror-polished
  • Glass-bead-blasted
  • Pattern-rolled
  • PVD/TiN-coated
  • nanoINOX® AntiFingerPrint/Easy-To-Clean-coated

When it comes to stainless steel treatment finishes in medical, surgical and pharmaceutical technology, you will find the optimal customised solution at mirrorINOX.

With us, you will receive complete advice, new and proven surfaces from our own R+D (Research & Development) and production of the highest quality, reliably produced and delivered by our stainless steel / inox specialised company!

Why is stainless steel used in medical technology?

Stainless steel is used in modern medical technology in many areas in which the high quality of the material is guaranteed even under great strain.

Its properties make inox steel one of the most processed metals in the field of medical technology:

  • High corrosion resistance
  • Strength
  • General chemical resistance
  • Very good formability
  • Polishability
  • Manufacturing precision
  • Excellent hygiene properties
  • Colourfast
  • Full, thorough cleaning is possible
  • The material can be reused
  • Has particularly good antibacterial properties
  • Is made from up to 80% recycled material
  • Is 100% recyclable

Which stainless steel for the medical and pharmaceutical industries?

For medical applications, mirrorINOX predominately processes stainless steel in the grades:

  • AISI 304
  • AISI 316
  • AISI 316L

But other grades such as AISI 301, 1.4435, 1.4462 and many more can be processed and surface treated as well.

At mirrorINOX, for example, stainless steel sheets for medical and pharmaceutical container construction are Ra grit polished, Ra gloss polished and mirror polished (down to below Ra 0.1 is possible) in large quantities.

Even for similar applications, where the customer previously used sheets with 2R mill-finish surfaces and can only obtain these now with great difficulty or not at all, mirrorINOX has extremely interesting alternatives to offer - and this in dimensions of up to 16,000 x 4,000 x 30.0 mm, which is unique worldwide!

These large stainless steel sheet dimensions are extremely beneficial for tank, vessel, silo and container construction and represent great technical and economic advantages.

Stainless steel grades for surgical applications

Surgical stainless steel is widely used in the manufacturing of medical equipment due to its strength and resistance to corrosion. Predominately the grade AISI 316 is the material of choice. However, in some cases the costs of raw material are a more important factor, certain manufacturers consider lower price grades, for example, AISI 304 and AISI 409.

Surgical steel is used for manufacturing of:

  • surgical instruments (clamps, forceps, retractors, scalpels, needles, scissors, etc.),
  • dental instruments (dental probes, scrapers, chisels, curettes, etc.),
  • prostheses (artificial limbs and dentures),
  • stents,
  • surgical equipment,
  • surgical trays and bowls.

The final requirements for stainless steel, its chemical composition and quality are established by the medical regulations in force in the country of use.