Posts Tagged ‘design’

Have it your way—but can it be manufactured?

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

Unless you’re a design engineer of custom made tubing you may not be as curious as to how custom tubing is made, or why it is important to consider custom tubes specifications closely before embarking on the manufacturing process.

More often times than not, tube designers push the manufacturing envelope when they design custom made tube with requirements that are not necessarily advantageous for the products intended use. It’s not intentional to make the manufacturing process of custom tube more difficult, rather a goal of developing the perfect end product.

But what they should be asking themselves during the design phase is, “what are our critical requirements for this product?” Otherwise, what is often realized too late can be costly and also cause delays in production of the custom made tube. To avoid such stumbling blocks, there are several criteria that tube designers should consider during the custom tubing planning process:

  • Material specification – have you considered the best thermoplastic suited to the application of the custom made tube?
  • Configurations – are your design specifications realistic so that the custom tubes can be manufactured?
  • Manufacturability – is your design dimensions and tolerances feasible and would you consider re-evaluating your tolerances to facilitate the process of making a high quality custom made tube more efficiently?

From the time that plastic was first introduced into mass production, custom tubing companies have been afforded the opportunity to create a myriad of products from extruded plastic rods to single-lumen tubing. And like the world of imagination, custom made tubes have endless possibilities—but proper planning will make it a success.

The Reliability Factor of Custom Tubing

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

The importance of small diameter custom tubing can be as easily overlooked as the necessity of a pen cap—unless you’re the end user in a life-saving capacity who depends upon the custom tube to function reliably to help you do your job.

While a pen cap is obviously less mission-critical than that of custom tubing, of course, the principals are the same. For a product to perform properly, it is imperative that all the components are of the highest quality to ensure it meets those standards of performance.

For equipment that requires custom tubing–whether it’s a custom tube utilized in a cardiac catheter packaging that may later be inserted into a patient’s heart to keep him alive or custom tubes used in pharmaceutical lab equipment to dispense liquid. The custom tube must meet numerous quality standards, in this case, to be puncture and wear-resistant, flexible, and act as a protective barrier to outside elements that could compromise its function.

People would be surprised to learn about how much design, planning and quality control goes into manufacturing these perfectly cylindrical, small diameter custom tubing; and how each custom tube is manufactured to maximize performance depending on the specific application.

Is the custom tube for a one-time use? Will it be exposed to heat? Which type of thermoplastic should the custom tube be manufactured in – PVC, Nylon, or Tecoflex™?

From medical facilities to electronic companies– numerous industries depend upon manufacturers who specialize in small diameter custom tubing, companies like A.P. Extrusion who work with their customers to ensure quality is never compromised.