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On The Surface

Medical Device Coatings for Orthopedics

Orthopedics is the area of medicine dealing with the musculoskeletal system.   Orthopedic surgeons employ both surgical and nonsurgical means to treatSpinalManDiag

  • Trauma
  • Sports injuries
  • Infections
  • Arthritis and other degenerative diseases
  • Tumors
  • Congenital disorders

Orthopedic procedures are now the most frequent type of surgery performed in the operating room, accounting for over 24% of procedures in 2011.   Demand is being driven by the aging population, individuals’ desire to be more active later in life, more prevalent obesity and expansion of health insurance coverage.

Orthopedic products that can benefit from Harland technologies include those devices related to:

  • Spine
  • Knee
  • Hips
  • Trauma
  • Extremities (hand, wrist, elbow, shoulder, foot and ankle)
  • Sports medicine
  • Dental implants
  • Biologics


A common surface enhancement need in the Orthopedics area is to promote osseointegration between living bone and the surface of an implant.   Hydroxyapatite coating is a common material used to enhance this property.  Having been typically used on metal devices, it is now being utilized on polymers such as PEEK.

Hydrophilic properties of implant surfaces also enhance osseointegration.  Harland’s surface treatments to increase surface energy are another way osseointegration can be enhanced.

Antimicrobial Coatings

When an infection occurs in an orthopedic implant, the consequences can be a severe.   The biofilms which accompanying these infections make post-implant infection especially difficult to treat.  These infections require long-term antimicrobial treatment and often necessitate the removal of the implant before the infection can be completely eliminated.  Harland’s Bacticent® Antimicrobial Coating Technologies can help deliver localized anti-infective compounds to help minimize the chance of a post-implant infection developing.

Automated Coaters and Test Systems

Harland offers six families of automated coaters which can apply nearly every coating technology in commercial use today.  Systems are available to coat as few as one part at a time up to large-scale systems designed to coat tens of millions of parts a year.



Working With Us

Access to these technologies is simple, direct and results in a complete coating program.  Partnering with Harland features…

Open collaboration

Harland encourages close customer participation in understanding coating objectives, developing the exact balance of properties to meet these objectives and validating the process to ensure your coating is fully ready for production either at your plant or in Harland’s own Coating Services facilities.

Simple business model

Harland’s coating technologies are accessible through a simple supply agreement and do not require the added cost and time associated with a royalty-bearing license agreement.

Stage-gated process

Harland’s Start Now ™ step-wise process is designed to move your program swiftly and efficiently through to commercial completion all the while giving you complete visibility and control of the process.

Harland Products and Services

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Coating process development

Automated coating and testing systems

Manufacturing services

Related Organizations  (click to view their websites)

 American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons



American Association of Orthopaedic Medicine