Universal Carrier Fluid for Medical Grade Silicone Lubricants

The Universal Carrier Fluid (UCF) is a nonflammable carrier fluid formulated specifically for use with medical grade silicone lubricants for medical device assembly, ‎such as the Dow Corning™ 360 Medical Fluids (polydimethylsiloxane, or PDMS) or similar fluids. It consists of a proprietary solvent with superior PDMS carrying capacity (dilution) of up to 10% by weight while maintaining a clear homogeneous solution. This capability well exceeds the normal PDMS manufacturer recommended dilution range of 0.1 – 5%, so the UCF fluid enables superior performance and safety for the high-volume coating of medical devices.

Operationally, the fluid is simple to use. When parts are dipped into the fluid and then removed from the bath, the carrier fluid quickly evaporates. This leaves a thin, uniform film of PDMS on the surface of the treated part. The process is fast, safe, easy and delivers excellent coating consistency on treated components.

Because the UCF is highly miscible with the PDMS fluids, this combination provides an excellent, highly-consistent surface coating regardless of surface geometry. The UCF fluid also has extraordinarily low surface tension and viscosity, enhancing the “wetting” of all surfaces and shapes. Application methods include dipping, spraying or wiping applications.

Also, the high solvency of this carrier fluid make it well-suited as a cleaner for removing PDMS from parts, tubes and machinery during maintenance and service.

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