Since our establishment in 1996, Inline Plastics, Inc. has become a leading provider of custom plastic extrusions. With more than 75 years of collective experience, our capabilities include custom plastic profiles, shapes, tubing, and rods, as well as plastic extrusion die development, R&D, and quality control.
For our customers in the medical industry, we offer custom plastic medical tubes and profiles for non-clean room applications. These products include external tubes for use outside of the body, tissue catch flow-direction tubes, and more. To help reduce costs, we perform off-line secondary operations and deburring during the actual plastic extrusion process.
Plastic Profile Shapes
Based on each customer’s needs, we offer custom profiles available in various shapes, such as:
- Open profiles. These profiles consist of one or more open sides or ends, such as a channel.
- Enclosed profiles. These have one or more cavities and no open sides or ends.
- Tube and rod profiles. Typically, tube profiles are hollow and rod profiles are solid, with both profiles sharing a cylindrical shape.
- Flat profiles. These profiles are thin with level surfaces on all sides, such as strips or straps.
General Applications for Medical Tubing and Plastic Profiles
The many applications for medical tubing and plastic profiles include:
- Single-use tubing
- Non-invasive catheter cable sleeves
- Manometer tubes
- Circulating water through cooling blankets and vests
- Fluid delivery systems
- Lab testing and equipment
- Striped tubing
- Filtration housing
- Tubing for medical devices
- Protective sheathing
- Air administration
- Endovascular tubing
Wide Variety of Medical Tubing Options
Depending on our customers’ requirements, we offer a variety of tubing options for use in the medical industry. Our selection includes:
Acrylic tubing is suitable for applications demanding close observation of the substances passing through it. This is essential for medical applications involving fluid condition monitoring. For organizational and sorting purposes, acrylic tubing may also include coloring.
Medical applications also often use poly tubing, which may consist of two types of polymer materials, including:
- High-density polyethylene (HDPE) tubing for high-impact applications requiring durable tubing.
- Low-density polyethylene (LDPE) for medical systems in need of flexible tubing.
Nylon tubing is resistant to cracking and heat, making it useful for various medical applications, including non-invasive medical devices, laboratory equipment, and more.
Vinyl Tubing/PVC Tubing
Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is another popular material used for tubing in the medical industry because of its versatility across many applications. PVC is nonconductive, corrosion-resistant, and non-toxic. It also has a high resistance to temperature and pressure, further maximizing its durability for use in medical applications.
Heat Shrinkable Tubing
This type of specialty tubing shrinks under exposure to heat. It’s ideal for use in applications requiring an insulating cover. Common medical applications include non-invasive catheter sleeves, protective sheathing, and other medical instruments that require abrasion protection.
The circumference of this tubing type has perpendicular valleys and ridges that provide added stability and structure. This tubing also has a low flow rate and works in many medical applications, such as respiratory ventilation systems and anesthesia administration. Corrugated materials may include polyethylene, polyvinyl chloride, nylon, and other linear polymers with low density.
Many types of tubing apply to this broad category. Some examples of medical tubing include catheters, IV drips, and surgical instruments.
Medical applications may use various types of rigid plastic pipes, which suppliers measure according to the inner diameter (ID).
Hard Plastic Tubes
For applications that may not benefit from the rigidity of plastic piping, hard plastic tubes may be more suitable. These tubes consist of strong, damage-resistant plastic materials that prevent kinks and abrasion along the tube’s length. Some commonly used materials in this tubing include polycarbonates and acrylics, with the ability to make this tubing either opaque to transparent.
High-Quality Plastic Tubing & Profiling from Inline Plastics, Inc.
If you require high-quality plastic tubing and profiling for your medical applications, the experts at Inline Plastics, Inc. are here to help you find a solution that meets your requirements. To learn more about our capabilities, or to get started on your next custom solution, request a quote. You can also contact us online with any questions or call us at 909-923-1033.