Product engineers at catheter manufacturing companies will be only too aware of the problem of delamination -- the separation of material layers within the catheter. Typically, delamination issues are not detected until final testing, after catheter assembly is complete, incurring significantly high scrap costs for manufacturers.
Through our long-standing relationships with key global players in catheter manufacturing, Zeus understood the urgent need for a solution to delamination. Our Global Medical Market team identified a recurring vulnerability across the industry – the separation of the etched PTFE liner from the jacket and braiding within the catheter. If we could reduce, and possibly even eliminate, the reliability of catheters could be transformed.
The solution, according to the R&D team here at Zeus, lay in the design of an additional material layer between the inner etched PTFE liner and the outer jacket material of the catheter.This extra layer would deliver the crucial adhesion required to prevent delamination, ideally without increasing the outer diameter of the finished catheter.
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