Springs in the Medical Industry

23/04/2014
Springs turn up in all sorts of applications, but one of the most important – albeit niche – businesses they are used in is undoubtedly the medical industry. When people's lives are potentially at stake, the specifications for such springs are extremely fine, and so they require genuinely painstaking manufacture techniques.

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What Is Special About These Springs?

All springs need precision engineering, but medical springs often make use of a distinctive 'micro-coil' technology process. These coils are achieved using an automatic mechanism, although the procedure is so exacting that laser sensors are needed to implement it correctly. An array of intricate shapes are utilised in the medical industry, and medical springs must adhere to the strictest of tolerances in order to attain these standards. Some of the reinforced medical springs we manufacture incorporate a lining of Polymer tubing, as this gives them an unusually high coil ratio and allows their diameter to be exceptionally varied.

What Are They Made Of?

Medical springs are usually produced using stainless steel alloys in the main. However, other materials are also called upon at times. The major requirement is for these springs to be clean and hygienic, and so Platinum-Tungsten and Platinum-Iridium can also be used on occasion to this end. Similarly, the packaging for medical springs must also be carefully considered, as no damage en-route to their destination must occur, as even the slightest trace of contamination could result in these springs being totally unfit for purpose.