Braid reinforced tubing is an extrusion which fully encompasses a metal or fiber braided profile between two layers of polymer. The addition of braided fortification to plastic tubing can drastically expand burst pressure resistance, column strength, and torque transmission.
HPMS wire and filament braided tube products and braid reinforced tubing are ideal for catheter shafts and other medical applications that require certain beneficial features, some of these include:
With our in-house braided tube capabilities, we can provide competitive lead times for our custom braided tubing extrusions. We have numerous options available for our braided catheter tubing, including:
Additionally, we can also braid single lumens, multi-lumens, eccentric lumens, single- and multi-lumen tapered tubing tapered tubing—we can even add wire braiding to a single lumen within a multi-lumen configuration. Questions about our braided tubing options? Call us today!
Using state-of-the-art computer-controlled equipment, HPMS can control and customize the braid configuration of our wire braiding for optimum effectiveness regarding your medical application. Our advanced, proprietary braiding techniques allow compression loads to be increased, which helps our braided tube avoid buckling during excessive compression loading of retrievable, implantable medical devices such as catheters, stent grafts, and heart valves.
Braid patterns are created by controlling the pitch of the filament, the filament gauge size, and filament shape (round, flat, etc.). Examples of patterns for braided tubes include “standard” 1 over 2 under 2, diamond patterns, and 1 over 1 under. Changing the pitch within the length of a single shaft can increase or decrease the flexibility and stiffness of the braided tubing.
There are many unique types of material that can be used to manufacture braid reinforced tubing, some of the more common filaments used include:
Here at HPMS we are experts at selecting the right braiding material and pattern for customers’ needs, and we will work with you to create the ideal solution for your application needs.
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