32-Carrier Braider Lands in Galway!

April 1, 2021 / Company News

Here at ICS Medical Devices we are delighted to commission our brand new 32-carrier reel to reel braider!

With this new piece of equipment ICS can take on 32-wire braided shaft applications and applications where reel to reel braiding is preferable (e.g. braid transfer and high-volume build scenarios). Coupled with our 16-carrier workhorse horizontal braider, ICS braiding capability covers the full suite of possible applications.

Braided catheter shaft designs are typically used to enhance functionality along your catheter shaft, and will dramatically enhance Shaft Tensile, Compression, Torque, Burst, Pushability, Tracking & Kink Resistance properties.

We braid in sizes from typically 2Fr to 36Fr and excel in complex shaft requirements. High performing structural shafts for structural heart applications and optimal tracking capability for neurovascular applications. Building in multi functionality is our ‘bread and butter’: shaft steering (1-way, 2-way, 4-way, varying articulation knuckles and steering force transfer are all very well understood by the experts at ICS.

Hybrid shaft constructions are becoming more and more the norm where high performance shafts are the requirement: Braid/Coil/Laser Cut Steel/Extrusion in series along your shaft or in parallel (overlapping) at various points along your shaft depending on the requirements your application needs.

There are very often trade-offs required in the design process. ‘Simple’ design inputs can tweak performance in your favour, but at the same time these ‘simple’ design inputs can dramatically impact the performance you are seeking, especially if you are not familiar with all the synergies of the various components in a catheter shaft design.

Defining the design ‘must haves’ and ‘nice-to-haves’, understanding the performance and the performance trade-offs are key here.

For example, higher torque can be achieved with a higher pick count, but this will reduce the flexibility of the shaft. Likewise, a larger diameter braid wire can be specified to provide more stiffness and torque, but this will impact the minimum wall thickness and flexibility. A flat braid wire will reduce the wall and increase the flexibility, but this will also reduce the torque.

This is a lot to know, but this is where the ICS engineering team excel and can provide real value to your design and prototyping process.


If you need design or prototyping support of a braided shaft, reach out to us today to speak directly to one of our engineers – info@icsmedical.com. We would love to hear from you.

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