Originally Published MPMN
Originally Published MPMN March 2004
Materials Supplier Enters Braided Catheter Market
A recent investment in improved manufacturing processes has enabled Kanthal Palm Coast (Palm Coast, FL;
www.smt.sandvik.com/bioline), a Sandvik Materials Technology company, to begin supplying stainless-steel catheter braiding wire and ribbon wire.
The new production processes have added significant capacity to the company's facility. The custom manufacturing firm can provide fine-diameter specialty wire, and gears its production to supplying products that demand high quality, or have unique characteristics. Wire is available in dimensions 0.001 in. thick 3 0.003 in. wide in stainless-steel grade Sandvik Bioline Type 304V. Thicknesses down to 0.00075 in. can be produced.
By integrating production from steel melt to the finished wire product, the company is able to ensure complete quality control and product consistency. The newly incorporated braiding process offers OEMs benefits such as control and maximization of torque, kink and pressure resistance, stiffness, and pushability.
Sandvik Materials Technology products include wire, strip, tube, profile shapes, and cannulated bar for the manufacture of catheter guidewire systems, orthopedic and dental implants, fracture fixation devices, suture needles and staples, surgical blades and saw cutting tools, dental burrs and reamers, and wire for diagnostic and sensor electrical leads.
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