Medical Equipment: Reduce Operating Expenses

Reduce operating expenses through protection, preservation, and performance with coated products.

Biocompatible, extreme hardness, high wear resistance, high corrosion resistance, high lubricity, & better precision

Bio-safe & Extremely Durable

Our carbon-based thin diamond-like film coatings make them durable, biocompatible, and safe for surgical instruments, dental tools, medical devices, and research equipment


  • Improve wear resistance.
  • Increase accuracy and precision.
  • Less friction lowers drilling temperatures.


  • Reduce the risk of infection or rejection
  • Diminish the risk of corrosion and degradation
  • Lower the risk of leeching and contamination


  • Holds up to harsh sterilization chemicals and processes
  • Extend the product’s lifespan
  • Reduce product replacement expenses
  • Reduce medical waste
Reduce operating expenses through protection, preservation, and performance with coated products.
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IHC Medical Applications

Industrial Hard Carbon is a diamond-like thin film coating that offers flexibility in many different applications, allowing it to succeed where other films fail. IHC is commonly used in applications where high wear-resistance, lubricity, and hardness represent important factors; the thin film can handle extreme conditions.

Our Solutions

Industrial Hard Carbon has developed coating processes that allow composite materials to receive performance-enhancing benefits under extreme conditions. We strive to reduce weight while increasing the durability of parts in high-temperature environments. Our solutions are applied by a highly-skilled team of professionals, who control every detail of the coating process, from the substrate to the surface, and our state-of-the-art vacuum chambers.

Our Coatings’ Advantages


Safe for coating medical instruments


holds edges longer


Resistant to cell growth


Lower friction,
higher precision


Wear Resistance
2x–10x part life


Inert, resistant to
most liquids & gases


Less glare &
less eye fatigue


1.56 µm

Coated & Uncoated Medical Components

Make your instruments last 2x-10x longer and reduce operating expenses.

Normal Parts Life
Part Life with IHC Coating

Examples of Medical Coatings

DiaMed - a diamond-like coating for medical applications

Surgical Instruments

  • scalpels
  • knife blades
  • scissors
  • osteotomes
  • forceps
  • bone cutting forecasts
  • periosteal elevators
  • part and wire cutters
  • drill bits and taps
  • trocars
  • biopsy needles

Surgical Equipment

  • arthroscopic products
  • optical equipment

Research Equipment

  • platens
  • slides
  • centrifuge


  • blood
  • dialysis
  • urinary tract


  • cranial
  • spinal column
  • intracranial pressure regulation
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Better for Sterilization

Uncoated blanks

Cell Growth on medical equipment

Did allow SY5Y neurofibroblast tissue culture cell growth.

Our coating during testing showed to:

  • Endure the extreme temperature from multiple autoclaves
  • Fill pits and thicken ridges
  • Decrease cell adhesion and activation
  • Reduce platelet adherence and activation
  • Inhibit the significant growth of SY5Y neurofibroblasts

Coated blanks

Reduced Cell Growth on medical equipment

Did not allow SY5Y neurofibroblast tissue culture cell growth.

Great for Medical Drills

Drill Temperature Test (ºC)


Drill Time Test (sec. at 5 lb Load)


DiaMed - a diamond-like coating for medical applications

Possessing a deep black color, DiaMed® is an amorphous matrix created from layers of nano-crystalline diamond and nano-crystalline silicon carbide. This unique combination provides Industrial Hard Carbon with its various properties and sets it apart from other DLC coatings on the market.
DiaMed conforms to substrates, becoming evenly deposited over all surfaces of a part or product.

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Carbon Raptor® by IHC allows the engine, trans, and drivetrain to operate at their highest efficiency.
When ceramics and other carbon-based protective coatings can’t meet the challenge, the combined hardness, lubricity, and flexibility of Carbon Raptor by IHC result in phenomenal wear resistance. This thin film can be applied evenly and thoroughly to both the most intricate and massive parts.

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Coating for Extreme Conditions

Casidiam® by IHC is the latest addition to our DLC coatings portfolio. Casidiam’s® extremely hard base layer increases the load-carrying capacity and scratch-resistance of its tribologically effective DLC top layer even further, making it the perfect coating for applications where extreme contact pressures along with sliding velocities are present.

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ARMOR logo

Armor® by IHC is an extremely hard yet ductile Chromium Nitride (CrN) coating with excellent abrasion, corrosion, and oxidation resistance. The low intrinsic stress properties of Armor® result in excellent adhesion to the substrate under the most demanding conditions and deliver long-lasting resistance to galling and fretting.

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