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 an 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. Customers provide the important characteristics of their tube, and utilizing the company’s years of experience and accrued knowledge of braid materials and configurations, they will recommend a suitable braid design.

New England Tubing specializes in spiral reinforced tubing, typically used to improve hoop (crush) strength and change flex characteristics of tubing. The company’s 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. They have 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. They also have the ability to change the density of the spiral over one length which provides varying levels of flexibility throughout that individual piece. As with braid reinforced tubes, New England Tubing can add a longitudinal member to a spiral reinforced tube which again modifies its tensile and elongation properties.

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