While “smaller and smaller” seems to be the push for many medical device sectors, such as electronics and surgical instrumentation, surgical tubing is experiencing a unique push: lubricity. Lubricious additives is a demand almost every tubing manufacturer is seeing from its OEM clients, as end use cardiology and neurology applications demand increased sensitivity of movement and “pushability.”
MicroLumen, Inc., a longtime Tampa-based manufacturer of high performance medical tubing products, announced it has moved its operating facility; including sales, manufacturing, and R&D, to a state-of-the-art 60,000 sq. ft. facility in Oldsmar, Florida, only 10 miles west of it’s previous location. The company has been operating the past eight years at 7624 Bald Cypress Place in Tampa. The new facility will house the company’s entire staff by early 2012.
The capabilities and potential of polyimide and polyimide tubing are gaining popularity in the medical design marketplace as a result of the increasing need for minimally invasive surgical devices. This article looks at the myths surrounding polyimide tubing to better understand its advantages for medical applications.
Whereas OEMs repeatedly voice their desire for tighter tolerances, thinner walls, and ever-shorter lead times, a new set of demands for medical tubing is becoming increasingly more audible. With the increased use of minimally invasive surgery (MIS) and the emerging field of natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery (NOTES), the need for minuscule, multifunctional, problem-solving tubes that offer design flexibility is on the rise.