Catheter, Tipping and Swaging Dies
Serving the Medical Industry with Various Products
Many people only think of catheters as Foley catheters, which are urinary catheters. However, the most common type of catheter that companies produce with GLE catheter dies are Hickman catheters, which are intravenous. Catheter dies often wear out quickly due to the plastic that is constantly rubbing against their walls. We are able to add an extreme surface finish to our dies, which allows for less force to be used when drawing the material and increase the wear life of our dies drastically.
Tipping dies produce catheters, along with the cannulas often used for injecting medicines. GLE Precision is proud to be one of the most trusted suppliers of catheter tipping dies to multiple Fortune 100 medical companies. Customers choose GLE catheter dies because of their high quality, wear life, extreme tolerances, outstanding surface finish, and consistency.
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Another common product for the medical industry produced at GLE-Precision are swaging dies. Swaging dies are composed of two identical halves. A machine will press these two halves together, which forms the part. This method allows for complex geometries to be formed, which is why swaging dies make catheter assemblies. The amount of force applied often requires these dies to be comprised of hardened steel or carbide. The catheter material is poured or set into the mold. Finally, the die is compressed and the part is sized.