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Extrusion Tooling

Access important developments about extrusion tooling, like catheters, and the thermoplastics and other materials supporting the medical extrusion technologies.

News: Medical
NPI/Medical Invests Over $1 million in Molding, Quality Equipment

NPI/Medical, Ansonia, CT, has has invested more than $1 million in molding and quality equipment in the past few months to enable accelerated product development and faster speed-to-market for its medical device, life sciences, and healthcare customers, according to the...

R&D: Medical
Researchers 'Stretch' Limits of Elastomers

Researchers from the Singapore University of Technology and Design's Digital Manufacturing and Design Centre have developed UV-curable elastomers that can be stretched by up to 1100%. The 3D-printing process supports the fabrication of soft actuators and robots, flexible electronics, and acoustic...

Features: Tubing & Extrusion

Today's machining tolerances are held extremely close on multilumen and multi-layer medical tubing through the use of state-of-the-art production equipment and processes. Any...

Technology Leaders: Tubing & Extrusion

Applying fluid dynamic principles to extrusion tooling design benefits any medical device company involved with continuous extrusion. Benefits include improved product tolerances, reduced...

R&D: Robotics, Automation & Control

A device from Yale University researchers aims to simplify the process of placing a central venous catheter, or central line, in patients. The Ballistra Guidewire Advancer allows the physician to...

Features: Tubing & Extrusion

They are vitally important, make therapy possible, and they have become an integral part in hospitals or home-care settings: medication and feeding pumps supply patients with essential...

Features: Tubing & Extrusion

In an increasingly volatile and complex market environment, adaptability becomes essential to success and business growth for today’s medical extruder. Basic to...

News: FDA/Regulatory
2 New AAMI Standards to Prevent Tubing Misconnections

AAMI, the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation, is leading the small-bore connectors initiative, an international effort to decrease tubing misconnections and increase patient safety. Recently, AAMI has released two additional standards focusing on how to design...

Products: Medical

RTP Company, Winona, MN, has expanded its line of conductive compounds to include those specifically designed for extrusion processes and applications. Produced on dedicated manufacturing equipment designed for...

Features: Medical

In the US, many high-volume tubing suppliers have moved production facilities overseas to low-cost producers like China or Mexico. Minimum buys are now the rule, leaving many US...

Products: Medical

Teleflex Medical OEM, Gurnee, IL, announces the addition of a continuously-wound, variable-pitch, coil-reinforced shaft technology with a HDPE liner to reduce friction to its portfolio...

Technology Leaders: Tubing & Extrusion

Determining what tubing to use in a medical device involves considerable research. Designers must investigate ingredients, performance, documentation requirements, sterility, and other qualifying...

Technology Leaders: Medical
Minimally Invasive, Maximally Innovative: Polymer Science and Extrusion Plays Vital Role

William “Bill” Cook started Cook Medical out of a spare bedroom in his Bloomington, IN, apartment in 1963. It was where he and his wife, Gayle, made guide wires, guiding catheters, and other small devices used in diagnostic radiology.

Features: Manufacturing & Prototyping

Stringent product quality and process capability requirements confront producers of precision medical tubing used in medical device applications. This includes final tubing...

News: Medical

Parker Hannifin Corporation, Parflex Division, Ravenna, OH, offers TexLoc PTFE 4:1 Heat Shrink Tubing with the largest expansion ratio available in a PTFE tube. Operating in high temperatures up to 500°F,...

Products: Medical

Interface Catheter Solutions, Laguna Niguel, CA, introduces an online tri-layer co-extrusion catalog to order tubing. The catalog offers extrusion for .014" guide wire for peripheral dilatation catheters along...

Features: Tubing & Extrusion

Medical device manufacturers are being challenged by strong market demand for tubing that delivers increased functionality, lower profiles, and lower costs—pushing the limits of material...

Products: Medical

Judson A. Smith Co., Boyertown, PA, a leading manufacturer of precision, custom tubular parts and machined components in most materials, specializes in fabricating tubular parts and assemblies used in a wide...

Features: Medical

Advancements in medical technology and material science have created new engineering challenges for medical devices used in minimally invasive interventional procedures....

Features: Manufacturing & Prototyping

Development of medical devices that are molded from thermoplastics or that have plastic components should begin with collaboration between the OEM’s engineering team and the mold...

Briefs: Materials

While silicone is the obvious material of choice in many medical applications because of its excellent biocompatibility, its physical properties make it challenging to work with. Design...

Products: Materials

Shin-Etsu Silicones of America (Akron, OH) has announced the launch of its HCR (high consistency rubber) product line – Sil-X-Shin™ Silicone Elastomers, which are designed for extruded tubing and profiles. The...

Features: Medical

Silicone elastomers are high-performance thermoset materials broadly used in diverse industries, including automotive, aerospace, electronics, consumer goods, and health care. They are...

Products: Medical

Apple Rubber Products (Lancaster, NY) offers medical silicone seals that feature resistance to UV light, ozone, and weather; hydrophobic properties; temperature range of -94 °F to 400 °F; dimensional stability in...

Products: Medical
UV Curable Silicone Rubber

Momentive Performance Materials (Columbus, OH) has introduced the Addisil UV 60 EX elastomer for medical applications where lower temperatures during manufacturing and typical silicone rubber physical properties are both mandatory. The elastomer has minimal shrinkage and reduced air entrapment when compared to heat...

Products: Medical

PolyMedex Discovery Group (Putnam, CT) offers custom melt filtration of polymers used for catheters and balloons. The custom melt filtration process results in removal of gels as small as 20 μm (0.0008"). Melt...

Products: Medical
Thermally Conductive Silicone

The MED-2955 from NuSil (Carpinteria, CA) is designed to have low volatility and low ionic content for more sensitive electronic devices or processes. It is non-cytotoxic and can be used as a cure-in-place adhesive or potting compound between electrical/electric components and heat sinks as part of a thermal...

Products: Medical

Evonik (Parsippany, NJ) has introduced CYROLITE® Protect, an acrylic-based multipolymer compound that has been developed for medical devices that include antimicrobial agents. It is designed for FDA...

Products: Materials

Teleflex Medical OEM (Kenosha, WI) has introduced an EFEP co-extrusion that eliminates the need for etching. The co-extrusion offers chemical resistance and high clarity for applications where transparency is...

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