Zeus provides nearly all of the components needed for catheter manufacturing. From mandrels and liners to jacketing and assembly aids, our Class VI approved components are highly customizable and can be tailored to just about any catheter design.
Mandrels are the core on which the catheter is built. When used as mandrels, our PTFE monofilaments and extruded tubing provide smooth and consistent outer surfaces to construct your catheter.
Our PTFE Sub-Lite-Wall® Streamliner™ series provides an array of thin-wall catheter liner options across a wide range of dimensions with customized performance such as strength and flexibility for your next-gen catheter designs.
Polyimide (PI) tubing is a more rigid yet thin walled alternative to PTFE for both vascular and non-vascular catheter designs. It is also available in thin walls (<0.001”) and a wide range of dimensions. If lubricity is an issue, PI Glide™, a PI + PTFE composite, is a great solution. Multi-layer configurations of PI and PI Glide™ are also available when lubricity is needed on one side and a bondable surface on the other.
Tie layer, an ultra-thin thermoplastic layer applied to the OD of the liner, creates a melt-bondable surface that improves adhesion to both the liner and catheter jacketing during the reflow process. With a stronger bond between the outer jacket and liner, tie layer reduces delamination, enhances catheter performance and ultimately improves patient safety.
While most catheters are produced with metal braiding, advances in polymer technology have led to the development of improved monofilament and fiber braidings. Our LCP (liquid crystal polymer) monofilament rivals stainless steel on many fronts as a catheter reinforcement material, and as a non-metal is MRI-compatible.
Pebax®, nylons and polyurethanes are highly preferred materials for catheter jacketing based on their biocompatibility and bondability. Their customizable nature surpasses nearly all other thermoplastic elastomers, allowing properties such as hardness, chemical resistance, mechanical and even processing to be fine-tuned.
The final step in catheter construction requires the outer jacket to be bonded to the underlying liner. Typically accomplished by heating and reflowing the outer jacket, our FluoroPEELZ® and FEP fusing sleeves provide an ideal solution for this crucial process. With a simple linear tear, FluoroPEELZ® peelable heat shrink is quickly removed from the shaft after the lamination process, minimizing waste, and accelerating production.
As the global leader of advanced extrusions – from tubing to heat shrinks to nanofiber composites – our diverse product lines turn polymers into possibilities.