Over the last few years, the need has grown for very small diameter, flexible plastic tubing that can withstand chemical and temperature extremes. The main markets needing this type of technological miracle were the medical, industrial, laboratory, pharmaceutical, semiconductor, and home health care industries, all of whom were hard pressed to find affordable microscopic bored tubing for products requiring fine control or protective insulation. Thankfully, a solution has been found in the many lines created under the Tygon brand: microbore tubing.
In the late 1930s, the plastic extrusion tubing known as Tygon was first patented by the Saint-Gobain corporation. Originally created and produced in Europe, the products are still produced today in three plants and sold around the world. Known as a leader in durable plastic formulations, Saint-Gobain became a trendsetter with the introduction of microbore tubing in the mid 1960s.
Perfect for medical, laboratory, and pharmaceutical needs, this tubing caught on quickly in applications for laboratory testing, intravenous solution delivery, and arterial infusion, primarily because the material is so resistant to outside forces. No matter what use it is put to, the plastic remains untouched. No chemical seems able to taint the material, neither by degrading it or by affecting its nature, making it perfect for a host of medical applications, like chemotherapy infusions. Recently, the semiconductor industry found success in using it as insulating material for delicate circuitry, and the burgeoning home health care field was expanded by incorporating this technology into home IV and arterial infusion kits.
Benefits of using Tygon Microbore Tubing
One of the things that makes this product so popular is its customization. It can be produced with any bore size possible, and has even been made with a bore diameter of less than that of a human hair. It can be produced in a way that makes it lightweight and flexible for installation in machinery, and still be made as rigid as necessary for suction devices and semiconductor insulation.
The typical beneficial characteristics of this brand of Tygon tube is that the product itself is completely clear, no heat mars or blend blurs found in similar flexible plastic tubing. The formulation leaves the material completely unaffected by blood, chemotherapy solutions, acids, caustic liquids, gases or other chemical compounds. It is also heat and temperature resistant, which makes it a wonderful carrier material and insulator for small electrical circuits everywhere. And, best of all, it can be attached to filters and links quickly, yet remains rigid enough to resist wear and tear, breaks and punctures from constant use and machine stress.
In medical and pharmaceutical applications, this tubing meets all ISO requirements for biocompatibility, and is considered to be non-toxic, non-hemolytic, and non-pyrogenic in nature. This makes it perfect for use in dialysis machines, chemotherapy applications, catheters and more recently for use in at-home and hospital IV procedures. It has also found a home as insulating material in medical machines like probes, fiber optics, IV drip machines, balloon angioplasty and stent delivery devices.
The high chemical resistance exhibited by the materials used to produce Tygon microbore tubing also makes it perfect for laboratory use. It can easily be sterilized an unlimited number of times, by germicides, saline solutions and even in gas sterilizers. Its customized rigidity makes it perfect for the transfer and drawing of blood, blood gases, and other chemicals, while its smooth bore precludes the buildup of any contaminants that may alter the results of laboratory tests it is used in.