Aluminum Parts for the Medical Device Industry
Aluminum is popular in the manufacture of components for medical devices and equipment. It is found in electronic monitoring housing components, other diagnostic devices, and therapeutic and prosthetic equipment as well as in various devices used in orthopedic, surgical and other areas of medical treatment. Aluminum is also used to make hospital trays and bedpans.
The advantages of using aluminum lie in its innate characteristics. Its high weight-to-strength ratio means that parts are light and flexible yet strong, durable and reliable. Aluminum’s malleability allows it to be easily formed into many different shapes. Plus, it is relatively low cost, offers thermal conductivity and corrosion resistance, and is non-toxic. Aluminum is also easily machined, can be finished in variety of ways, and is recyclable.
Aluminum is ideal for medical applications because it resists damage from bodily fluids, strong cleaners and other corrosive liquids. Other metals do not perform as well when exposed to frequent chemical sanitation and sterilization.