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Whitford Corporation Company Profile
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Qualifications: ISO 9001, ISO 13485, Supplier to Medical Manufacturers, Exhibitor in at least 2 MD&M and/or MEDTEC shows
Markets Supplied: North America, Europe
Whitford Corporation is a critical raw-material supplier, manufacturing high-performance fluoropolymer coatings for the medical-device market. Whitford excels at providing custom coating solutions tailored to a medical-device manufacturer’s needs and specifications.
The Whitford catalog of medical coatings includes hydrophobic coatings based on PTFE, FEP and PVDF to meet all nonstick, conductive, insulative, and heat-resistivity needs for medical devices. All coatings offer color options to enhance customer branding.
Whitford Corporation is an ISO 13485:2003 certified manufacturer, using an industry-leading quality management system to ensure proper design, transfer, manufacture, and delivery of all medical coatings. With over 50 years’ experience designing and developing fluoropolymer coatings, the certification to the medical-device quality management system requirements makes Whitford a supplier of choice for medical-device OEMs.
Whitford has long been a leading supplier of consumer (such as nonstick pots and pans) and industrial coatings for automotive, reprographics, oil and gas industries among others. More recently, medical-device manufacturers realized the benefits coatings could add to their devices.
Benefits of coating medical devices
There are many benefits of using Whitford coatings: coated guide wires move more freely through the vasculature; coated electrosurgical blades create less friction and release tissue properly; coated surgical instruments withstand multiple sterilizations, and are insulated by coatings. With Whitford’s combination of color options and custom formulations, medical professionals will know a brand and how it performs due to the easily identifiable coating.
A proven history of leadership
Many coating suppliers are supplying coatings and finishes to medical-device manufacturers without fully understanding the unique needs of this specialized industry. There is often a lack of understanding of “validation” and “technical / design files”, elements which are frequently left to the OEM or other upstream coating applicators to worry about.
At Whitford, we have more than 25 years of experience working with the medical-device industry. This has led to a deep understanding of validation (Whitford can provide validation guidance). Quality systems (such as ISO 13485) ensure Whitford maintains the standards one wants from a critical raw-material supplier. The Medical Coatings group will work with you, whether applicator or specifying OEM, to ensure upstream regulatory requirements are met throughout product realization.
After creating a 1MM+ facility with state-of-the-art equipment, we can recommend top-quality coatings based on your needs. Whether routine manufacturing, troubleshooting, or investigating customer complaints, our staff will exceed your expectations.
Just let us know the problem you have, and we’ll offer a coating solution that meets your needs.