High-performance Extruded Tubing for Clinical Applications

Extruded Tubing

Nordson MEDICAL has a long, successful track record of supplying high-precision, specialized extruded tubing to the medical device industry. A global partner with facilities around the world, we specialize in high-performance tubing for critical applications. We know that speed to market is key, so we offer expertise in premium, medical-grade extruded tubing with expanded capacity in our U.S. and European facilities with less than two weeks lead time on new projects specific to multi-layer PTA/PTCA applications, single-lumen, and multi-lumen tubing. We also scale to your production needs with confidence through FDA registered production sites, ISO 13485 certified facilities, and Class 8 qualified production cleanrooms.

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Customized Materials to Meet Your Needs

  • Full range of thermoplastics
  • Full range of Fluoroplastics (FEP, PTFE)
  • Engineering plastics (PEEK, Polysulphone)
  • Custom compounds: colorants, stabilizers, radiopaque fillers, and active agents
Extruded Tubing and State-of-the-art Extrusion Equipment

In-House Equipment & Expertise

Nordson MEDICAL brings state-of-the-art extrusion equipment together with materials and engineering expertise to develop specialized extruded tubing for the most demanding interventional and surgical applications. We offer:

  • Best-in-class tolerances
  • Fastest medical polyurethane line in the world (> 300 million feet annually)
  • Automatic closed-loop feedback systems that allow us to maintain constant melt pressure to minimize process variation
  • Validated processes to support customer compliance
  • Cleanroom environment for most commercial extrusions
Lubricious Materials and Additives for Medical-grade Extruded Tubing

Lubricious Materials & Additives

Medical device designers of catheter-based devices use lubricious materials to ease insertion into the body or into another device, boost pushability, and increase sensitivity of movement. These lubricious materials are used as a tubing liner, as an alternative to hydrophilic coatings, or as a way to improve bonding to other components. We have multiple configurations of lubricious, single-lumen extruded tubing available in our Online Store with the following market-leading lubricious additives: EverGlide®, PEBASlide, ProPell S™, and Mobilize. Contact us to discuss custom medical extruded tubing with lubricious materials and additives.

Secondary Processes for Extruded Tubing

Secondary Processes

Nordson MEDICAL offers a comprehensive range of secondary processes for extruded tubing, enhancing the functionality and versatility of our products while maintaining cost-efficiency through automation. These secondary processes include:

  • Tipping
    Tipping involves the formation of a radius or chamfer at the end of the tube, facilitating assembly and device insertion. Nordson MEDICAL offers a variety of tipping capabilities, from closed and tapered tips to radiopaque and soft tips, ensuring compatibility with a wide range of applications.
  • Printing
    Printing adds branding, markings, and other essential information to medical devices and components. Nordson MEDICAL offers various printing capabilities, including text, numeric identifiers, depth marks, and surface treatments, with a range of colors available for customization.
  • Hole Forming
    Hole forming is crucial for creating access points to extrusion channels, serving purposes like balloon inflation and irrigation. Nordson MEDICAL can achieve virtually any hole or skive pattern, with precise cutting edges and multi-lumen configurations to meet specific device requirements.
  • Over-Molding
    Over-molding seamlessly combines one or more materials to create a single part, commonly used for inflation or liquid transfer connections. This process opens up endless possibilities for profile, size, and performance customization, with the potential to incorporate components like Y-connectors, hubs, and strain reliefs.
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Medical Extruded Tubing: Process Parameters and Equipment Play Critical Role in Performance Characteristics

Sometimes process parameters and extrusion equipment are more important than the actual dimensions of the tube.

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