TouchMark Blog

June 12, 2017

5 ongoing challenges for UDI

Many of FDA’s Unique Device Identification requirements have already phased in. The labels and packages of Class III and Class II medical devices
May 11, 2017

Pad Printing On Textured Surfaces

Textures vary according to their individual depth, the degree of draft on the sidewalls, and the frequency of peaks and valleys for a given surface area. Some textures are more difficult to print successfully than others, and there are certain textures that are simply impossible to cover completely.
April 11, 2017

The RX Factor – Medical Plastics And Adhesion

Although polymers have suffered through some tough media disparagement as of late (biodegradability issues) it is highly unlikely that these polymers are replaceable for medical device manufacturing. These specialized materials are indispensible for providing low cost but effective vehicles for delivering everything from successful operating techniques to therapeutic medicines.
March 11, 2017

Tubing’s Constant Evolution

Medical tubing has evolved to be a complex, sophisticated product combining various materials, technologies and processes
September 22, 2016

The Importance of Medical Grade Ink

Medical grade inks used to mark medical devices should meet important safety standards. The United States Pharmacopoeia (USP) 30, NF 25, 2007 standard also known as Class VI is widely used to comply with stringent FDA rules for products that come in contact with the human body.
April 30, 2016

Plasma Treatment for Medical Grade Plastics

Many medical devices are made from medical grade plastics that typically have low surface energy.  It is often necessary to modify the surface energy in order to guarantee the adhesion of any permanent markings as well as to improve device performance.  By altering the surface properties, critical markings on devices such as catheters adhere better and they can slide and maneuver more easily within the body.
March 27, 2016

Importance of Class VI Inks for Printing on Medical Devices

Syringes, catheters, medical tubing – most of the time these medical devices are imprinted with markings that facilitate their use.  Because they come in contact with the human body, both the substrate itself and the ink used to mark it are subject to standards issued by the United States Pharmacopeia (USP). 
January 11, 2016

Pad Printing vs. Screen Printing: What’s the Difference?

Pad printing and screen printing are the methods commonly used for marking medical and electronic devices.  Here are the key differences between the two: