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09-23-2008

Lab line for new applications in medical tubing technology

Lab Line for Research

Lab line for new applications in medical tubing technology

A sophisticated lab line at the Technical Center of Davis-Standard LLC in Pawcatuck, Connecticut, USA, is engineered to support new applications in medical tubing technology including catheters with tighter tolerances. The line is equipped for research and development processes ranging from screw design to the extrusion capability of specific polymers, materials such as FPVC, PEEK, PEBAX, fluoropolymers and other medical grade resins.

There is a lot of growth potential in the medical tubing industry. We wanted to provide a means of demonstrating these capabilities while enabling our customers to run trials, said Wendell Whipple, Vice President of Davis-Standard’s Pipe, Profile and Tubing Systems. The line features 3 /4 -inch (19 mm) and 1-inch (25 mm) Davis-Standard HPE extruders, two melt pumps, a high-tech vacuum tank, servo puller/cutter, conveyor/blow-off table and an OD/ID/Wall gauge system, all controlled via the Davis-Standard EPIC III Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition System. The EPIC III control system also has FDA 21.11 technology. The extruders are ported with pressure transducers for screw design development on smaller extruders.

To date, the line has been used for applications such as single-lumen micro tubes, multi-lumen tubes, micro-catheter trials, new material development and coextrusion die development. The line is also being used for development of tooling for new system orders.

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