FEP & EFEP Extruded Medical Tubing
Fluorinated ethylene-propylene tubing or FEP tubing is a flexible material that exhibits excellent optical clarity, biocompatibility, and resistance to most chemicals. FEP medical tubing can be used as an alternative to PTFE tubing and is mainly used for low-pressure microfluidic applications. EFEP tubing is a terpolymer and is composed of three part materials - ethylene, tetrafluoroethylene (TFE), and hexafluoropropylene (HFP).
At Duke Extrusion, we work directly with you to create FEP medical tubing and EFEP extruded products based on your exact specifications. With advanced customization options, ultra-fast turnaround times, and rapid FEP and EFEP tubing delivery capabilities, Duke Extrusion is your premier resource for high quality EFEP and FEP medical tubing products.
Contact us today for more information regarding how our custom EFEP and FEP medical tubing can be designed to your project’s exact specifications. Or call us at 831-420-1104 and we will gladly discuss your exact FEP tubing and EFEP tubing needs. Duke Extrusion is your exclusive manufacturer and supplier of premium EFEP and FEP medical tubing.
Benefits to FEP Extruded Tubing
FEP tubing is manufactured with enhanced chemical resistance, advanced gas and vapor permeability properties, and excellent UV transmission ratings. FEP medical tubing also provides increased clarity over PTFE with a higher coefficient of friction and lower continuous service temperature. FEP extrusion advantages include the following.
FEP Tubing Advantages
- Highly resistant to extreme temperatures
- Excellent corrosion resistance
- Exceptional optical clarity
- Greater flexibility than PTFE
- High lubricity
- Highly versatile for use in numerous applications
- Can be compounded with special additives for greater visibility
- USP Class VI compliant
Benefits to EFEP Medical Tubing
EFEP tubes provide many of the same mechanical properties of ETFE, but with a lower processing temperature, allowing it to be coextruded with conventional thermoplastic polymers like polyamide, EVOH, and modified polyethylene. EFEP’s tubing stiffness can also be tailored to specific applications by varying the durometer of the coextruded materials. EFEP extrusion benefits include:
EFEP Tubing Advantages
- Good chemical resistance
- High Bondability
- Excellent weathering
- High purity
- Improved heat aging resistance
- Excellent cold impact resistance
Applications for FEP & EFEP Medical Tubing
FEP is an excellent material option for use as the inner layer of catheters or in the heat shrink form as a processing tool to reflow other thermoplastic materials. FEP is more versatile than silicone and other thermoset materials, since it can be melt-processed.
EFEP is an extremely effective medical tubing product. Due to its bonding ability, it adheres to these plastics without the use of adhesives or tie layers. EFEP is used in monowall, multi-lumen, and multilayer tubing. Additional, FEP and EFEP medical tubing applications include:
FEP Medical Tubing Applications
- Insulin delivery tubes
- Intravenous catheters
- Epidural catheters
- Urology catheter lines
- Vascular access dilators, sheaths, and introducers
EFEP Medical Tubing Applications
- Multilayer tubing
- Monowall tubing
- Multi-lumen tubing
At Duke Extrusion, we design and manufacture standard and custom EFEP tubes, FEP tubes, and a wide variety of other tubing types. Our fast, efficient manufacturing processes, superior quality products, and innovative designs help us consistently meet or exceed customer expectations.
Get a quote on the FEP or EFEP medical extruded tubing your application requires, or visit our online stock tubing store. Need something customized to your specific needs? Visit Duke Empirical to see our in-house capabilities.