New England Tubing specializes in spiral reinforced tubing, typically used to improve hoop (crush) strength and change flex characteristics of tubing. Our in-house technical staff has designed and built our PLC controlled high speed spiral winders, capable of handling a wide range of tubes and sizes. We 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. We 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. Our team has experience with a wide array of materials used for spiral reinforcing ranging from flat or round stainless steel alloys to high strength monofilament polymers.
Spiral Reinforced Materials
- Round Wire (Small as 0.001” [0.025 mm])
- Flat Wire (Small as 0.0003” x 0.002” [0.0076 mm x 0.051 mm])
- Stainless Steel
- Copper and Copper Alloys
- High Strength Polymers
Benefits of Spiral Reinforcement
- Kink Resistance
- Variable Flexibility
- Improved Hoop (Crush) Strength
- Increased Column Strength