Braid vs. Spiral Tubing: The Pros and Cons

New England Tubing utilizes its in-house technical staff and years of experience to assist their customers from product development to the finished product. With their extensive background in the manufacturing of braided tubing for medical devices, New England Tubing is an industry leader in custom braid reinforced tubing. The team has experience with many different braid materials and types ranging from round and flat stainless steel alloys to high strength monofilament polymers.

With custom manufacturing, the possibilities are endless. By using different braid designs/configurations and varying the density of the braid the company can design varied flexibility over the length. This produces a tube that starts out stiff and gradually gets more and more flexible over its length. Tensile and elongation properties can be managed and manipulated by adding a longitudinal member which can increase tensile strength and reduce elongation. New England Tubing can vary the braid, among many other things, to achieve the desired characteristics and qualities that each product requires.

New England Tubing specializes in spiral reinforced tubing, typically used to improve crush strength and change flex characteristics of tubing. Their in-house technical staff has designed and built their PLC controlled high speed spiral winders, capable of handling a wide range of tubes and sizes. The company has manufactured miniature tubing (< 2Fr or 0.66 mm) used in neurological applications to larger tubing (up to 27Fr or 9.0 mm) used in endoscopy devices for gastrological procedures.

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