Every medical cable application is different so why settle for an off the shelf solution for a unique problem? I read quite a few discussion boards and find that when someone is looking for a specialised medical cable that the replies usually tell them to call Belden or Alpha. There is nothing wrong with Alpha or Belden however, keep in mind they mass produce generic wire and cable that covers a wide variety of uses and may not meet all your needs.
If you wanted to race in Formula 1, would you go to your neighbourhood car dealer and buy a generic automobile to race? Of course not, you would build a custom car with the performance to handle the racetrack conditions, the type of race and your driving style. The same applies to medical cables; your requirements are specific to your application which may include size, number and type of conductors, bio-compatibility, sterilization techniques or even a custom coloured jacket. Custom medical cables are designed specifically for your requirements and type of use.
Often for new designs and products, a small quantity is needed for prototypes, proof of concept or testing. Custom medical cable manufacturers understand this and normally have the capabilities to manufacture small runs of custom wire and cable. If your medical cable design is simple, ask us if we have any sample stock or over runs in stock that match your general requirements.
Get the right cable for your medical device by contacting a medical cable manufacturer like Calmont to discuss your needs and application. The more the cable manufacturer knows about your needs the better your design will be suited to your application. Some of the largest medical/dental manufacturers in the world specify and use Calmont cables. We’ve been working with companies in the medical industry for over fifty years making implantable, reusable, disposable, and sterilizable products. We’ve had the privilege of working with hundreds of start up medical technology companies, assisting them in developing their concepts for market. We also manufacture ongoing production requirements for medical customers who require hundreds of thousands of feet annually. From medical start-up companies to disposable and reusable medical cables, Calmont is the answer.
What to tell your medical cable manufacturer:
- Type of use How the medical device will be used, the environment, will the cable be subjected to repetitive flexing, high temperatures or abrasion?
- Sterilisation Is the cable reusable or disposable? Will the cable be sterilised? If so how and how many cycles.
- Patient contact What bio-compatibility requirements are needed? Explain the extent of patient contact with the wire or cable.
- Mechanical requirements Voltage, temperature, flex cycles and EMI shielding. Will the cable experience repeated bending or twisting motion?
- Physical requirements The number of conductors, size, plating, cable construction, shape and overall diameter.
- Expectations Discuss what you want for performance and product longevity. Do you expect product lifetime to be 6 months or 6 years?
Disposable medical cables are intended for one time or limited use. Minimizing cost, while performing the intended function is of primary importance. PVC and PE are the insulations most commonly used. Conductors are generally bare or tinned copper. Shields when needed are spiral or aluminized mylar. These cables may be gamma radiation sterilized.
Reusable medical cables are built to endure constant flexing and extended cycles of sterilization. Insulations may be Teflon®, TPE or silicone rubber with TPR or silicone jackets.
Some of the medical applications where Calmont cables are used include:
EKG and EEG Electrodes
Patient Monitoring Systems
Tattoo Hand Pieces
If you don’t have all the answers or if wire and cable isn’t your forte, it is no problem. Custom wire and cable manufacturers like Calmont who are experienced with medical device wire and cable are experts in material choices, construction and the options available to you. They will guide you through the design process to insure you get the best performance out of your medical device cable.
If you want to learn more about medical cables or would like to have one designed for you, contact In2Connect UK today. Calmont has been manufacturing medical wire and cable for decades and understands that each customer has their own unique needs and expectations.