PebaSlix® Medical Tubing
Duke Extrusion’s proprietary PebaSlix® is a specially formulated material that offers better lubricity than HDPE, but that can be processed in the same manner as standard Pebax® material. We incorporate special additives into a PEBA base, thoroughly dispersing them into the mix to provide the full benefits of the additives without affecting the base material’s mechanical properties, workability, or sterilization characteristics.
Tight Tolerance, Low-Friction Medical Tubing Material
PebaSlix is formed using a twin-screw compounding process to create a homogeneously blended resin. This blended resin extrudes well as tubing, with tight tolerances on both I.D. and O.D. As PebaSlix is a custom compound and not a coating, the I.D. and O.D. both benefit from its lubricious properties. This makes PebaSlix valuable in medical applications that require high lubricity, such as rapid exchange catheters and inner lumen tubing.
Because it can be processed in the same manner as Pebax®, PebaSlix can be reflowed for jacketing, braid, or coil reinforced catheters, and facilitates thermal bonding to medical balloons. It can be reflowed to create custom geometry such as tip forming or flaring. PebaSlix is also bondable with medical-grade adhesives.
Available in a full range of durometers from 25D through 72D, PebaSlix is an innovative solution for applications requiring added lubricity, such as concentric tubing, which must slide relative to each other with low friction. This is particularly important for catheter delivery systems which require flexibility to navigate tortuous pathways where high frictional forces can limit device functionality.
PebaSlix resin is USP Class VI compliant. Additionally, PebaSlix resins are stable when sterilized using either Gamma or E-beam sterilization methods.
PebaSlix® Tubing Properties
- Low friction, high lubricity
- Holds tight tolerance
- Can be jacketed, braid reinforced, or coil reinforced
- Bondable to with either thermal or adhesive bonding
- Formable to custom geometries
- Available in durometers from 35D to 72D
- USP Class VI compliant
- Gamma or E-beam sterilization compatible
Pebax® is a registered trademark of Arkema, Inc.