Cicoil (Valencia, CA) offers highly flexible and durable flat silicone cables that are designed for use on surgical robotics systems. The cables are naturally more flexible than round PVC or stiffer flat PTFE cables, allowing for a tighter bend radius, weight/space savings, greater current carrying capacity, noise reduction, and longer flex life. Each element in the solid, one-piece construction is surrounded by silicone, ensuring that they do not rub against each other and wear during a lifetime of more than 10 million cycles. The halogen-free silicone encapsulation will not delaminate or degrade due to exposure to steam, water, alcohol, UV light, mechanical abuse, autoclave, and many chemicals. The cables can also include single or multi-lumen tubing for air or liquid transfer, fiber optics, and other design elements like Cicoil's patented StripMount™ fastening strip, all in the same cable.

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This article first appeared in the May, 2012 issue of Medical Design Briefs Magazine.

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