Medical Tubing Extrusion
High quality hose and tube solutions for the healthcare and medical industry
Trelleborg Sealing Solutions has a long-standing history of producing extruded silicone hose and tube for the medical, pharmaceutical and biotech industries, including brands such as Pharmatube™, PharmaSil™, NutraSil™, Pharmalable™ and SilFit™. Our expertise in extrusion fabrication was forged, in part, by our customers’ imagination and demand for precision.
The vast majority of Trelleborg’s extrusion is custom fabricated to meet each customer’s unique specifications. The process typically begins in the tool room with the precision manufacture of die and mandrel. Post-processing extrusion capabilities include services such as post curing, cutting, spooling, printing, drilling, and grinding.
We offer a full portfolio of processes and operations associated with our extrusion capabilities:
- Milling – offering a large portfolio of standard and specialized platinum and peroxide cured silicone materials including medical grades
- Braiding – offering single or double braiding, 4 ply wrap, 4 ply plus wire wrap
- Color Striping, Tinting
- Hose/Tube Configuration – single or multi lumen, standard, custom or bulk
- Hose Assemblies:
- Universal Fit
- Permanent Crimp Fittings
- Reusable Fittings
- Sanitary 316SS
Multi-Lumen Meets Miniaturization
Medical disciplines such as cardiac rhythm management and interventional cardiology have driven efforts involving the increased complexity and miniaturization of silicone medical devices. As a long-term partner, we at Trelleborg Sealing Solutions have consistently developed extrusion technology required to meet the challenges of these disciplines.
We have developed and optimized techniques to manufacture complex wound drains in a continuous extrusion process. These processes allow us to produce sophisticated drains, while reducing manufacturing and inspection costs and enhancing reliability and quality. Our wound drains are available in a wide range of types and sizes.
Silicone Foam Extrusion
Silicone foam products play a major role in ophthalmology. We have developed a proprietary blowing agent that allows us to produce closed-cell silicone sponge that can be extruded in various client-specified cross-sections. We offer foam rod and tubes, as well as foam-jacketed extrusions; in addition, pore size and foam density can be adjusted to meet your specifications.
Kink-Resistant Tubing (KRT)
Medical silicone tubing often acts as a pathway for the introduction or elimination of fluids from the body. To effectively serve this purpose, medical tubing must meet a number of mechanical and functional requirements including adequate hoop strength, sufficient stiffness during insertion, and the flexibility to bend around and conform to various anatomical features. Manufactured using a proprietary winding and over-jacketing process, Trelleborg’s KRT balances flexibility and hoop strength while guaranteeing open-lumen integrity.
Extruded ribbon can be a cost-effective alternative to silicone sheeting. We manufacture ribbon with a range of elastomeric properties and dimensions. Our continuous process allows extruded ribbon to be spooled onto various carrier substrates, which in turn can be subsequently punched or laser cut to form various components including check valves and other pressure sensitive medical devices.