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Extrusion Process Eliminates Separate Distal Tip in Tapered Guidewires

Originally Published MPMN November 2002


Extrusion Process Eliminates Separate Distal Tip in Tapered Guidewires

Zachary Turke

Developed by EJS Extrusion LLC (Jaffrey, NH; www., an extrusion process for coating discrete lengths of tapered guidewires eliminates the need for a separate distal tip. Coating the component with a polymer layer that can be consistently controlled in diameter, this process allows the company to effectively shape the distal end of the wire without requiring a separate component. A variety of medical-grade radiopaque elastomers can be used in the process to suit specific flexural and opacity requirements. Founded by MicroSpec Corp. (Jaffrey, NH.; president Tom Steele, EJS Extrusion was established to commercialize this patented coating method. In addition to producing coated guidewires, the MicroSpec affiliate also licenses the coating technology to qualified partners and develops custom extrusion concepts.

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