Titanium helps make ground-breaking medical advances

25 January 2019

Hamilton Precision Metals and SMP Wallingford, two AMETEK Specialty Metal Products (SMP) companies, have announced the addition of two new titanium strip grades – grade 9 and 23 – to their product portfolio for medical applications. 

The two AMETEK facilities have developed a proprietary production process for both titanium grades, giving them the ability to produce a thin strip that offers external charging capabilities for implanted medical devices, and incorporated to the external shell. This new production technology involves a cold rolling and annealing process that produces a titanium strip with microstructure characteristics and formability properties.
Unlike titanium grades 1 and 2, using grades 9 and 23 allows for the manufacturing of smaller devices such as cardiac rhythm management (CRM) and drug delivery systems, while enabling safe, external re-charging for a range of transformative neuromodulation and neurostimulation therapy applications.

“Our new titanium strip grade products are set to make a major contribution to the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, sleep apnea and chronic pain without the use of opioids,” said Matt Lappen, Product Manager for SMP Strip Business. “We’re very excited to be a part of this ground-breaking therapeutic advance.”

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