Tube processing for high-tech medical applications and aids
Forming and bending machines from transfluid deliver accurate processing of high- and ultrahigh-strength materials tubes
Medical technology supports doctors, nurses and rehabilitation staff in their valuable work. It improves the diagnosis, treatment, care, rehabilitation and quality of life for people. Engineering rules and principles are also used for the manufacturing of high-tech equipment and aids, together with medical know-how. And tubes play a special role in these many diverse products and applications. Special materials and high-precision production methods are necessary to meet the special requirements in this sector.
Symmetrical and asymmetrical forming with different materials
transfluid is often asked for solutions that make possible the very best tube processing when using workpieces in medical equipment. This can be surgical instrument technology, emergency care and even sterilization autoclaves. In this case, a crucial challenge for the tube processing machines is forming tubes with very thin walls and made of special materials. These can be high- and ultrahigh-strength materials, like titanium and stainless steel, which are used in microsurgery or endoscopy, for instance. transfluid’s t-form machines are required for this job, giving precise results when forming axially or with the rolling method. As an example, with these machines it is possible to produce highly precise symmetrical and asymmetrical axial forming. “The rollforming is very important, because it can be used in a very effective way and independent of the tools used”, says Stefanie Flaeper, director at transfluid. “Our high-tech machines reduce the tubes partially or over a long distance. This so-called incremental forming opens up new possibilities in many cases. With both methods, axial and rolling, we offer outstanding precision. In most cases it is tubes with a relatively small outer diameter that are processed, with a diameter between less than 1 and up to 12 mm.”
Individual tubes for care and recovery
In addition to their use in medical equipment, tubes - with larger diameters and often produced in larger numbers – are also used in the production of aids to improve the recovery and quality of life of patients. The same demands apply in the care and rehabilitation fields, but with different prerequisites. In this case the focus is on creating options for the processing of tubes and profiles used in the frames of beds, auxiliary and lifting devices, examination devices, personalized aids or devices commonly used in the care sector.
For this large variety of applications, transfluid can offer a selection of machine series, which bend the pre-cut tube and form the ends. These system for the production of tubes can be connected to the network or be stand-alone, and be equipped with the relevant automation. In addition to this, it is also possible to set it up to have a completely automated process. The CAD data are loaded into the system online, which makes it possible to have highly flexible manufacturing, when necessary.
Flexible bending of tubes for solutions that fit
Different materials are processed in all areas of medical care. Light, high-strength materials are preferred in emergency care, for instance. Rehabilitation has similar requirements. Light, high-strength tubes are important in this case, so that the person can operate and use the rehabilitation products in line with their individual needs. This is particularly clear with the production of wheelchairs. These aids have to be tailored accurately to the person and their needs. For instance, some manufacturers offer the users a selection of sizes, colours or additional functions.
To achieve the best possible tube processing the counterclockwise and clockwise bending machine t bend 630 CNC R-L can be used. The fast, flexible change of tools makes individually adjusted bending possible. The transfluid machines guarantee high-quality bending also with small bending radii.
All transfluid’s forming and bending machines can work manually or fully automatic. Integration of the manual systems into a production cell is also possible. This is how transfluid and their solutions for tubes support the production of advanced medical equipment for better health and better quality of life.