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.
When selecting stainless steel hypodermic tubing for your applications, you need to make sure it satisfies your specific requirements for the intended application. Whether you order the tubing in bulk, or use or secondary finishing operations for customizations, such as already cut to your preferred lengths, your tubing is delivered clean, deburred, and available for immediate usage. In order to keep your tubing clean, it is equally important for you to make sure you store your tubing in a clean environment to prevent dust, dirt and other contaminants from getting into the tubing, such as in our clean round plastic storage tubes.
Keeping your stainless steel hypodermic tubing stored in our clear round plastic storage tubes not only prevents it from becoming dirty, but also helps to keep it well organized. You are able to clearly see when you are running low of a specific gauge of tubing and are able to reorder the required inventory stock levels. Additionally, it makes it easier to take a physical inventory of your current stocks, without having to open up each tube, since you can perform your count by visually looking through the clear tube.
Our clear storage tubes are available in lengths, including 24 inches, 48 inches, 36 inches, and 72 inches, with inner diameters of 3/8 inches. The storage tubes are able to be cut to custom lengths with a pair of scissors. Any time you are cutting the storage tubes to custom lengths, also remember to order extra slip-over tubing caps.
Whenever you are cutting sections of stainless steel hypodermic tubing, you have to be careful to not crimp the ends. If you accidently crimp the ends, the tubing will not perform correctly. There are specific kinds of tools which can be used to ensure the proper cut without causing crimping. After the tubing has been cut, you may also need to debur the ends, so that they are smooth. Further, during deburring processes care has to be taken to ensure the ends of the tubing remain even. Another type of finishing process you might have to perform could be bending the tubing to a desired angle. Bending requires precision equipment to avoid kinking the tubing or breaking it in the location of the angle.
In the event you are having problems with completing finishing processes on your own, or lack the proper tools and equipment, you have other options available to ensure you receive the proper stock of tubing. For instance, we offer many of these secondary services to help you obtain hypodermic tubing precisely cut to your specifications and project requirements. We are also able to take care of deburring, cleaning, and bending the tubing to the desired angle. For applications that require small precut sections of tubing in one, two or three inch lengths, we carry regular-walled tubing ready for order without having to request additional secondary options, as well as one and two inch cut lengths of hypodermic tubing with 90 degree bends.
In some applications and processes where stainless steel hypodermic tubing is used, leaving it unprotected could result in exposure to corrosive agents. However, there is an easy solution you can use to avoid this problem. All that is required is to apply a layer of PTFE heat shrink tubing over the hypodermic tubing. PTFE is chemically inert and offers corrosion resistance, so you are able to keep the hypodermic tube safe. PTFE is also non-reactive, so it can also be used to coat your hypodermic tubing in situations where biocompatibility is a concern. You may even use PTFE on the outside of your guide wire assemblies.
Stainless Steel Hypodermic Tubing Is Offered in a Variety of Gauges
Stainless steel hypodermic tubing is offered in a wide assortment of gauges which can be ordered in standard lengths or custom cut to lengths that fit your applications. Standard lengths available include thirty inches and sixty inches. You are also able to obtain stock quantities of pre-cut one inch, two inch or three inch lengths. In situations where these sizes do not fit with your needs, secondary processes are able to be used to deliver the desired size. Cutting the tubing involves using specific processes, in order to ensure the ends are not crimped or damaged, and each piece of tubing is identical in length. Once cut, deburring and cleaning processes are often used on the ends to give them a smooth finish. Other secondary processes available, whenever you require them, include bending and beveling the tubing to your specifications.
Some of your applications and process can require using small lengths of stainless steel hypodermic tubing. In the past, you may have had to use secondary services to obtain the required quantities. However, you now have the option of ordering as little as a single piece of tubing in one, two or three inch lengths. Each piece has been cut to size, deburred and is ready to be used. This option gives you the ability to stock an inventory of these sizes and have it on hand anytime it is required.
Use Small Sections of Stainless Steel Hypodermic Tubing for Spacing
There are different reasons to use small sections of stainless steel hypodermic tubing. For example, you may need to maintain set spacing in between two sections within your components. By using the tubing, you are able to ensure each part remains in its desired location and does not shift or move during other assembly and production processes. Another use could be to protect small sections of wiring from accidental bending.
Whenever you use stainless steel hypodermic tubing for industrial applications you should avoid cross contamination. For instance, this tubing is often used to deliver various types of adhesives, glues and lubricants to various products. You would want to avoid using the same tubing to apply both adhesives and lubricants. Glue could remain in the tubing which may get mixed with the lubricant. The glue might harden and cause damage to areas within the product where lubrication is required.
Label Bottles Used with Stainless Steel Hypodermic Tubing Needle Assemblies
You should make sure to label bottles whenever you are using stainless steel hypodermic tubing needle assembles as part of your fluid delivery system. On the outside of the bottle you need to list the type of material, such as the kind of lubricant, glue, adhesive or ink. If the materials have a shelf life you need to also include the date you put the material into the bottle as well as the expiration date. By correctly labeling your bottles you can avoid using expired materials as well as errors in accidently grabbing the wrong bottle during production processes.
One manufacturing process which uses stainless steel hypodermic tubing is applying enamel to pressed metals. The recesses created from metal stamping can be filled in with colored enamel and baked. Hypodermic tubing allows precise measurements of liquid enamel in order to ensure the correct color and amount of enamel are applied to each location within the stamped area.
Stainless Steel Hypodermic Tubing Can Be Used for Manual and Automated Delivery Processes
There are different options and methods available for using stainless steel hypodermic tubing for manufacturing processes. You could use the tubing as part of a needle assembly and attach it to a bottle or syringe for manual applications. Bottles and syringes often have marked measurements on the sides so you are able to determine the correct level of adhesive, glue, enamel or other liquid to apply. Tubing can also be attached to automated delivery systems where a computer controls the amount of liquid to release as parts and components pass down an automated assembly line.
You can connect two different sections of stainless steel hypodermic tubing by using the right kind of tubing adaptor ferrule system. This type of ferrule system uses polyimide and granite ferrules, along with standard compression fittings to secure hypodermic tubing together. The adaptors are commonly used to connect hypodermic tubing to plumbing circuits.
Stainless Steel Hypodermic Tubing Adaptors can Connect Different Gauge Sizes Together
You can also use stainless steel hypodermic tubing adaptors for connecting two different gauge sizes together, such as a 20 gauge section of tubing and a 12 gauge section of tubing. There are different reasons for connecting two different size gauges of tubing together. For example, you could have water coming in through the 12 gauge section and want to reduce the flow rate and increase pressure by securing it to a 20 gauge section of tubing.
You can use stainless steel hypodermic tubing as part of your non-medical dispensing systems. This type of tubing is suited for a variety of different liquids and fluids. You can use this tubing to dispense such materials like greases, silicones, lubricants, water, chemicals, dyes, inks, paints, adhesives, certain pastes, and glues, as well as several other types.
Test and Calibrate Fluids When Using Stainless Steel Hypodermic Tubing
Before implementing stainless steel hypodermic tubing in your production processes, you will need to calibrate it and test it. Calibration is needed in order to establish the fluid flow rate of the material through the tubing. Testing the calibration will let you know how much pressure and time is needed to release the precise amount of fluid, you require. You should make adjustments and retest, until you achieve the desired results, for each type of fluid, you will be using with this tubing.
In certain fields and industries, stainless steel hypodermic tubing should be replaced after being used a single time. A good example is the healthcare industry. This type of tubing is part of different types of needle assemblies. Once a needle has been used to draw blood or give an injection, it cannot be reused, even on the same patient. Instead, it is disposed of using the approved methods.
Stainless Steel Hypodermic Tubing Can Be Used as a Protective Component
Stainless steel hypodermic tubing can be used for other medical applications and devices, besides needles. The interior of this type of tubing is hollow, which makes it suitable to be used as part of a wire guide assembly. Flexible wires can be run through the interior opening and protected from getting damaged. Wire guides are used in a variety of medical devices, such as prosthetics.