Stainless medical steels

Anti-Corrosion Methods and Materials

ISSN: 0003-5599

Article publication date: 1 April 2000




(2000), "Stainless medical steels", Anti-Corrosion Methods and Materials, Vol. 47 No. 2.



Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2000, MCB UP Limited

Stainless medical steels

Stainless medical steels

Keywords: Sandvik Steel, Stainless steel, Medical

A new technical brochure covering its range of Sandvik Bioline®, high quality stainless steel products for use in medical applications has been issued by Sandvik Steel (Plate 1).

The Bioline range of stainless implant steels includes all product forms required to produce permanent orthopaedic implants, fracture management systems and coronary stents. The broader Bioline range also includes stainless steel strip, wire and tubular products for the manufacture of surgical tools and medical devices.

Plate 1New Bioline medical steels brochure from Sandvik Metinox

The new eight-page brochure describes how the Bioline branding is more than a range of products since it involves stockholdings world-wide distribution and full technical support. The customer service and technical centre for the marketing of Sandvik Bioline is located at Sandvik Metinox in Sheffield. A purpose-built warehouse and offices were opened in 1997 to house a comprehensive stock of stainless steel, bars, profiles, special shapes, tubes and strip. Mill manufactured items are supplied from Sandvik Steel's mills around the world giving total control of production and quality from steel melt to finished product.

There are two stainless Bioline steel grades used in the manufacture of temporary and permanent implants - Sandvik Bioline 316LVM (ISO 5832-1) and Sandvik Bioline High-N (ISO 5832-9). Both are molybdenum alloyed stainless steels which are said to meet the requirements of all existing standards for medical and implant materials. The brochure provides full technical details of chemical composition, mechanical and physical properties. It describes the corrosion resistance for each grade and defines the high level of cleanliness present in both steels with a table of the maximum content for a range of specified inclusions.

Copies of the new brochure can be obtained from Sandvik Metinox, Long Acre Way, Holbrook, Sheffield S20 3FS. Tel: +44 (0) 114 263 31 00 Fax: +44 (0) 114 263 31 11.

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