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Titanium Anodizing
       
Ti-Med 3 - VALIDATED Color Titanium Anodizing for the Medical Industry
       
Titanium Anodizing - Overview
   
Titanium Anodizing is often used in the metal finishing of products, especially those used in the medical device and aerospace industries. For a process that provides the advantages of hardening see our Ti-Med 2, TYPE II Titanium Anodizing. Ti-Med 3 colors the surface of titanium components without altering the mechanical properties of the metal. Imparting lasting color to a component's surface allows the easy identification of devices and parts. The benefits of this are essential in surgical applications and in the assembly of complex electronic or mechanical devices. Titanium is an extremely hard, durable metal used in a variety of applications. Titanium anodizing is a specialized capability which is not standard throughout the metal finishing industry. It is, however, essential to engineers and manufacturers who are relying more and more on the strength and applicability of titanium products in today's high-tech markets.

Titanium Anodizing Color Standards.
  Titanium Anodizing

Process Validated - Type III Titanium Anodizing
 
Process
   

Anodizing Titanium itself is a process that adjusts the oxide level of metal surfaces. This adjustment changes the spectrum of light, resulting in perceived color. By precisely controlling the surface oxide level, an entire range of colors can be produced. Titanium anodizing is not a coating, nor does it use dyes. Voltage applied to the part through fixturing, in an electrolytic bath, controls the color. Therefore, the integrity and properties of the base metal along with its suitability in biomedical applications are not compromised.

The Electrolizing Corporation of Ohio has developed its own process, TiMed 3, Type III titanium anodizing. The discovery of a proprietary chemical compound produced better, more efficient results and helped eliminate residuals from the anodized metal surface. The process is non-polluting and offers a wider range of colors than conventional methods. Electrolizing's method also offers greater process control for precise, cost-effective titanium anodizing. We dedicate ourselves to continually develop processes to anodize difficult titanium alloys like the high strength Ti-15Mo and uncommon materials like Niobium.

Titanium Anodized Medical Parts
ISO 10993 Testing
Our Ti Anodizing processes have been tested by our customers on implant devices they manufacture that must meet ISO 10993 standards. Since we do not manufacture devices, it is up to each individual customer to independently test their device/coating option to comply with ISO 10993. 
 
Applications
Color coding of components and devices greatly reduces errors in assembly or use. In medical and dental applications, color coding for size allows instant recognition of needed parts when time and accuracy are critical. Orthopedic implants, dental implants, medical instruments and device components can be coded with standardized or specialty colors to increase efficiency during surgery. In aerospace or other highly technical applications, color coding provides unambiguous identification of parts for ease, speed and accuracy of assembly.