Posts Tagged ‘medical grade tubing’

How “clean” is a Class 10,000 Clean Room?

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

People may not realize how important it is for a custom manufacturer of medical tubing to manufacture the medical grade tubes in a class 10,000 Clean Room, unless you work in the medical industry.

But the fact that medical grade tubing undergoes its production process in a clean room ensures that the patient will only be treated with high quality, sterile equipment.

So what exactly is a “Class 10,000 Clean Room and why is it important in the manufacturing of medical grade tubing?

For starters, by definition, its rating is derived from an evaluation of there being “no more than 10,000 particles larger than 0.5 microns in any given cubic foot of air.”

If that sounds confusing, think of it like this—the manufacturing environment to produce medical grade tubes is an area where the air quality, temperature, and humidity are highly regulated in order to protect sensitive equipment from contamination.  This is accomplished by sophisticated air filtering systems that removes dust particles and other impurities that may negatively impact the quality of the medical grade tubing.

And not only is the room’s environment conditions perfectly balanced to ensure the successful production of the medical grade tube, those who work in the clean room are also held to clean room standards.

During the manufacturing process, the environment and the medical grade tubing is protected against human contamination such as lint particles from clothing, and skin and hair particles that could jeopardize the quality of the medical grade tubes. As such, all personnel must wear special protective clothing.

While the process to manufacture medical grade tubes may sound overly-cautious, it’s because of this level of strict adherence to GMPs (good manufacturing practices) that manufacturing medical grade tubing can deliver such safe reliability to the medical industry.

Urethane Tubing Revealed

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

What is so unique about urethane tubing that makes it sought after by such diverse industries over other conventional thermoplastics?

Is it because urethane tubing can be safely used for food handling?

Perhaps its urethane tubing’s recovery properties, similar to that of rubber, that make it a top choice?

Or is it due to the fact that urethane tubing can be custom manufactured in a range of hardness?

Since 1950 when urethane was first introduced, it has become a replacement for plastics, and in many cases, metals. Typically because urethane tubing is free of plasticizers, it will be specified over these other materials particularly if the application will cause the urethane tubing to become worn-down due to excessive exposure to friction or abrasion.

When companies select urethane tubing they do so because they have been provided assurance that the urethane tubing will deliver optimal performance—that keeps their business operational.

There is little if no opportunity for urethane tubing to fail—as it can result in lost revenue or increased expenses for a business.

It is for this reason, custom tubing manufacturing companies often recommend urethane tube to their customers because urethane tubing, unlike other materials, won’t break, tear, swell, deteriorate, crack, or abrade.  Due to its ability to retain these strong properties will lower the need for urethane tubing to be replaced or repaired.

urethane tubing, while considered expensive, will provide numerous business advantages of not only being able to withstand demanding applications, but urethane tubing will deliver cost-effective solutions for your bottom line.