A hypodermic tube is a long metal tube with micro-engineered features along its length. It is a critical component of minimally invasive catheters, used in conjunction with balloons and stents to open up clogged arteries. The tubing is often coated by a thick bio-compatible extruded layer composed of such materials as PTFE, ETFE or nylon-based compounds. It is this coating which must be removed at the end of the tube for connection to the medical device, such as an angioplasty balloon.
Our laser technology is proving to be a popular alternative to more traditional blade based methods primarily due to the ability to automate the process.