Alex Kakad, for NewAge Industries
When selecting a tubing material for your medical device application, the most important considerations are the key physical parameters of temperature range, pressure capabilities and chemical resistance to fluids that the application will see. However, other important physical attributes of the tubing may be durometer, or softness of the material, as well as bend radius, which will dictate the kink resistance of the product in application use. Lastly, cost is always a consideration when specifying a tubing product for use in an application.
In addition to the physical performance characteristics of a given material, another important factor is choosing a tubing supplier that has current data and validation information to back up claims made around their product, meets the quality and compliance standards set by the governing bodies involved with the application and has the breadth of product offerings to meet all the tubing needs for the application.
There is a wide range of materials that can be used for fluid transfer in medical device applications.