Stainless steel tubing is a primary support feature of single-use handheld surgical devices. Medical device original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and their contract manufacturer organization (CMO) partners have a number of options to choose from for producing these tubes efficiently and cost-effectively, ranging from manual production to fully automated systems.

-Steve Santoro, MICRO

The COVID-19 pandemic has put a spotlight on the medical device industry’s need for safe, sterile surgical devices. Disposable options may be viewed as a safer alternative to reusable devices because they are presterilized and individually packaged. Solutions such as disposable products that can drive better outcomes for patients help meet the needs of hospitals to provide value-based healthcare, and continue to gain favor.

Stainless steel tubing is a primary support feature of single-use handheld surgical devices. A number of options are available for producing tubes, including drawn, rolled and stamped tubing approaches. Multiple factors will play a critical role in the type of process that can be used to produce a given tube, including the type of device being produced, the size of the components, tolerance and thickness of the tubes, and the volume and features needed.

Drawn, or stamped and rolled, tubing can be used to manufacture metal tubes effectively and choosing a process will depend on factors such as dimension and end features. Additionally, CNC machining can be used effectively for thick-walled metal tubing and can be integrated with laser cutting equipment for fabricated tube production. With this integration, laser-cut slots and holes can be achieved while simultaneously machining different outside diameters, reducing setup time, secondary processes and handling costs. Wire electro discharge machining (EDM) is another approach that can be used for cutting tube features and creating unique features such as window shapes.

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