What is Variable Coil and Braid Tubing?
A variable braid or coil tubing is a structure that changes its pattern over the length of the shaft. The PIC or WPI (wraps per inch) can be increased, decreased or shift back and forth.
In order to navigate to vascular regions, many catheters require enhanced rigidity at the proximal end for pushability and torque, and increased flexibility at the distal end. Traditional manual assembly of shaft segments with varying flexibility can be costly and performance can be compromised in bonded regions or at the union of the segments.
Putnam’s Plastics variable flexibility shaft technologies are designed to reduce costs with continuous manufacturing methods and improve product performance by eliminating bonded components.
What other Putnam technologies can be combined with variable braid and coil technologies?
Our variable reinforcement capabilities can be combined with our single lumen, multi lumen and variable durometer technology—giving customers a wide range of custom options. Talking with a sales representative is the best way to discuss the variety of choices you have available at Putnam.
What materials are Putnam variable coil and braid tubings typically comprised of and why?
Putnam Plastics variable coil and braided tubes can be designed with the widest range of medical grade polymers and specialty wires. They include, but are not limited to:
- The braid and coils can be produced from
- Stainless steel
- Polyester Fibers
What medical devices, body parts or procedures is variable coil and braid tubing commonly used in?
Braided and coiled shafts are widely used throughout the medical industry where enhanced performance is required.
What certifications is Putnam equipped to comply with?
Putnam’s leading-edge medical device tubing manufacturing facility is ISO 13485:2003 certified. Our dedicated ISO compliant clean room fabricating space meets regulatory guidelines—to prevent your medical device from being bogged down with unnecessary red tape.
Why is Putnam the best choice for this variable braid and coil tubing?
Putnam Plastics has the capability to produce braided and coiled shafts in the largest range of sizes and material combinations. With over 30 years experience, our engineering staff can provide valuable insight in product design and performance.