CSMA examines medical devices - tests for the characterisation and analysis of catheter tubing

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CSMA has recently developed a unique range of tests for the characterisation and analysis of catheter tubing. CSMA is the only company in Europe to offer a standard suite of tests related specifically to catheter tubing manufacturers.

The standard suite of tests includes determination of frictional and wear parameters and dynamic contact angle analysis to investigate the hydrophilicity of catheter tubing. Topographic properties and coating thickness and uniformity are also determined.

This standard suite of tests uses techniques such as Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and 3DP profiling to characterise the surface of the catheter tubing.

Tony Kinsella, Managing Director of CSMA said “We are a surface technology company, and when clients need to characterise surfaces, we respond. Sometimes that means developing new methods and standards, a facility for which we are ideally placed”

Currently there are no industry standards for testing of catheter tubing, therefore CSMA has designed a standard suite of tests to help the catheter manufacturing industry research and develop their products.



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