At Component Supply, we pride ourselves on being a resource for research and development with our comprehensive offerings, short lead times and low minimums. But, sometimes that’s not enough. Most of our customers don’t need a 60” piece of hypodermic tubing, a 72” piece of wire or a linear yard of mesh. The material needs some secondary operation performed on it for their application.
That’s where CS Custom Fab comes in by specializing in the quick, efficient modification and fabrication of parts for both research and production. Our long history of working closely with researchers and developers enables us to understand how a modified component can streamline a design or process. We work with engineers who are designing products in the earliest stages of development, and we enjoy the challenges that come with adjusting their designs. We excel at developing efficiencies in production to keep up with increased demands. Our ability to draw from various products and the depth of material we have on hand allow us to meet the production needs of our customers. Component Supply’s Custom Fab engineers can help you work through an idea you are pursuing, provide insight into your drawings and produce quality products quickly.
At Component Supply, we understand the challenges facing research labs. Knowing the stress of budget constraints, fast-approaching deadlines and rising expectations in technological advancement, our Supply and Custom Fab divisions are assisting from the earliest prototyping stages through the transition into production. It’s just another way we fulfill our mission to connect researchers and product designers with the components and knowledge they need to change the world.
Please remember that material certs and test reports are not avaiable for all items. Whenever you order material, regardless of who the supplier is, it is always good to request a material cert up front. Here at Component Supply, we do not always record our lot number when we pick an item for an order. This is something we try and do, but sometimes we wind up with “mixed” lot material from jobs. When we fill small quantity orders we may choose this material if the customer has not specified they require a material cert. So if that customer needs a cert after the fact, we would not be able to issue one. This is one scenario, but as a rule, you are always better to request the certs and other documentiation up front.
Straightened wire is often supplied in standard lengths of either 36 inches or 72 inches. In order to use the wire in your applications, it has to be cut to the desired length using the right type of wire cutters. Some cutters will cause the ends of the wire to be crimped and not retain their round finish. Crimped ends could also cause problems during production, as the ends may not fit correctly. Further, you might have to deburr the ends after cutting sections of wire to remove sharp edges. Sometimes, precision bending of the wire is necessary when working around angles and corners within your product, or for specific applications. Rather than having to perform all of these finishing processes yourself, you should consider taking advantage of our secondary operations. Utilizing our optional services guarantees you always have the right stock of wire on hand, in the correct sizes.
Proper Storage of Straightened Wire Keeps It Organized and Clean
It is important to make sure you properly store straightened wire, whether you order it in standard lengths or use secondary operations to have it finished to your specifications. By using the correct storage methods, it also makes it easier to organize your wire and keep accurate inventories. One solution frequently used is to store the wire in round plastic clear storage tubes with lids. Because the tubes are clear, you can quickly determine when it is time to reorder additional inventories. Further, the tubing helps prevent dust, dirt and other debris from getting onto the wire, and reduces transfer of such materials to other parts and components used in your applications.
Straightened wire is commonly used both for pharmaceutical procedures, as well as in the manufacture of medical devices. This type of wire is available in small diameters and is designed to pass through the interior of certain gauges of hypodermic tubing. When used in this manner, the wire becomes part of a guide wire assembly. Guide wires are frequently used to push another object to its desired location through the hypodermic tubing. For example, in procedures where a stent needs to be inserted, the stent is placed inside of the hypodermic tubing and the wire is used to guide it into its desired location. This same process is also used for other purposes, such as passing small electrical or sensor wiring to specific locations during assembly processes of sensitive surgical and medical equipment.
PTFE Coatings Can Be Applied to Straightened Wire
In addition to being passed through the interior of hypodermic tubing, other types of materials may be used along with straightened wire. For example, PTFE coatings can be applied to the exterior of the wire in order to help increase their chemical resistance and lubricity. Coating thickness ranges from 0.00016 inches to 0.00039 inches and comes standard in green. Other colors are able to be procured, including blue, black, white, and clear, via special order. Available diameters include 0.005, 0.006, 0.009, 0.011, 0.013, 0.015, and 0.019 inches. Further, most diameters are also able to be passed through various gauges of hypodermic tubing, should your applications require using coated wire in place of uncoated wire.
Straightened wire is available in sizes designed to fit inside hypodermic tubing. The diameter of the wire determines which gauge of hypodermic tubing the wire will fit through correctly. For example, if the wire has a diameter of 0.022 inches, it can be inserted through 20 gauge hypodermic tubing. Passing the wire through hypodermic tubing helps protect it from getting bent. You may also use this method for applications and processes that require securing the wire at the ends where this added support is required to make the connection.
Guide Wire Assemblies Are Available Using Straightened Wire and Hypodermic Tubing
You can use straightened wire to build your own guide wire assemblies or have them custom built to fit your specific requirements. 36 inch lengths of wire are designed to be used with 30 inch lengths of hypodermic tubing to create the assemblies. These are the standard lengths available to order when you intend to build your own assemblies or cut them to your specifications on your own. In order to cut the wire and hypodermic tubing, you will need to have access to the correct cutting tools. Another option offered is to have each piece of wire and tubing custom cut and finished to your exact lengths required for your processes, should you lack the proper tools or do not want to spend time performing this extra step. Other secondary operations which you are able to take advantage of with this product include precision bending, cleaning and wire forming.
Straightened wire can be used by itself for certain applications or combined with other materials. For example, certain sizes of this wire will fit inside of hypodermic tubing. When combined in this manner both materials result in creating guide wire assemblies. Wire is also able to be passed through the interior of PTFE tubing anytime the wire has to be insulated and protected from exposure to moisture, extreme temperature conditions or harsh chemicals.
You Can Request Secondary Finishing Operations with Straightened Wire
You have the option to request secondary finishing operations whenever you order straightened wire. These additional services include precision bending, cleaning, cutting and wire forming to meet your individual requirements. By taking advantage of secondary operations you are able to obtain the wire you need. The wire is ready to use and avoids having to worry about completing these processes yourself.
The healthcare industry is one of the larger consumers for straightened wire. This type of wire is used to build medical devices and components. It can be incorporated with stainless steel hypodermic tubing to create guide wire assemblies. Guide wire assemblies allow for smaller devices and materials to be passed through the interior of the hypodermic tubing while keeping it secure.
Applications and Uses for Straightened Wire in the Healthcare Industry
When a stent needs to be used during a surgical procedure it can be passed through hypodermic tubing and put into place by using straightened wire. Because the stent is being moved through the interior, it allows it to move freely and prevents it from getting stuck in the wrong location. Other applications for this wire in the healthcare industry include using guide wire assemblies for catheters, using the wire for specific types of metering devices designed to measure gases or liquids, and building special kinds of medical syringes needed for a variety of purposes.
Straightened wire can be bent and formed into other shapes depending upon how it is used. For instance, you are able to bend the wire at the end to make a curved section for securing it in place with a machine screw. You could also make a slightly curved section and pass it through an opening, like found in a hinged control mechanism. Rather than having to bend the wire yourself, you have the option to order this wiring already bent and angled in the desired locations based upon your specifications.
Protect Straightened Wire from Accidental Bending by passing it Through Hypodermic Tubing
In order to increase the strength of straightened wire and prevent it from accidently being bent it can be passed through hypodermic tubing. The tubing provides a second layer of protect and helps ensure the wire is kept straight. This type of process is common when the wiring is used to make guide wire assemblies in medical devices, such as prosthetics.
The type of straightened wire you require for your applications may also require secondary operations. Secondary operations include precision bending, cutting, cleaning, and wire forming. You should include a list of your specifications, as well as drawings, when you require these additional finishing services. By providing the detailed information, it will help to ensure that your wire order is finished correctly.
You Can Request a Materials Certification with Straightened Wire
When selecting straightened wire for you products and applications, you may need to obtain material certifications. Material certification is a type of certificate which can be requested once you order your wire. The certificate will show you various tests results and other important data about the wire. This information is important in some industries, as they have strict guidelines about the types of materials they are allowed to
You can save money on straightened wire by purchasing it in larger sections. Since the wire does not have to be cut to specific sizes, it reduces the cost of each piece. The amount of savings you experience will depend upon the actual size of wire you require. When purchasing your wire in bulk, you will want to make sure you have the right type of cutting tools on hand.
The Type of Cutter Will Determine the Finish on the Ends of Straightened Wire
The type of cutters you use with straightened wire is important to achieve the desired finish on the ends. The types of finishes you can obtain include beveled, flush, full flush, and semi-flush. When you have a requirement for multiple types of finishes, you will need to use different cutters designed to provide the desired finish. Cutters can be used with a variety of materials, so they can also be used to cut other types of wire and tubing which you use in your business.