Geometric Transition Extrusions

Trelleborg Sealing Solutions, Fort Wayne, IN, offers geometric transition extrusions manufactured of high consistency rubber (HCR) silicone. HCR silicone’s unique green strength, the strength of rubber in its unvulcanized state, allows for highly complex geometries in continuous extrusion processes. Used with a geometric transition extrusion process, such as Trelleborg’s GeoTransTM, HCR extrusions can change cross-sections dramatically, opening up new possibilities in a wide range of medical devices, including wound drains, catheters, and hemodialysis tubing.

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Catheter Components

Zeus, Orangeburg, SC, provides catheter components that are designed to help OEMs get to where they need to be within the body. The company’s super-thin-walled PTFE liners, MRI-compatible braiding, fine polyimide coatings, and more provide high quality and performance for safe and reliable catheter interventions.

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Extrusion Technologies

Microspec, Peterborough, NH, offers extruding for some of the most complex medical parts in the industry with ODs down to 0.1 mm. The company’s capabilities include multi-lumen, micro-extrusions, and co- and tri-extrusions, as well as intermittent/multi-durometer tubing and profiles. Other technologies include encapsulated stripes, coated wire, bump tubing, and new concepts from most thermoplastic resins.

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Extrusion Capabilities

Plastic tubing manufacturer NewAge® Industries, Southampton, PA, recently invested in new extrusion equipment to help ensure that the company continues to produce braid-reinforced plastic hose, engineered for fluid and gas transfer. The company replaced a few of its extruders to avoid a catastrophic breakdown and to stay current with machinery and software. The replacements were made before problems with the extruders could become commonplace and potentially lead to potential production and inventory problems.

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Medical Design Briefs Magazine

This article first appeared in the June, 2020 issue of Medical Design Briefs Magazine.

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