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Experts in Catheter and Device Technology

Our Catheter expertise and capabilities are extensive:

From: Large bore (30Fr plus), high performance, multi-functional devices for structural heart access and therapy delivery.
To: Ultra-low-profile (2Fr and less), atraumatic, trackable devices for accessing the narrowest and farthest reaches of the peripheral vasculature and the sensitivity of the brain neuro-vasculature.

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Outside-the-box solutions

Our open approach allows our customer to access and leverage our knowledge in catheter design technology and use it to gain a head start in their development.

Our extensive experience enables us to think outside the box and be creative in our solutions to your pain points. We create design solutions for complex access and delivery challenges by combining our awareness of clinical needs, our material knowledge and our expertise in shaft construction, design and technology. Stent delivery, balloon devices, steerable shafts, sensor integrated devices, EP catheters, and valve delivery catheters are all in our experience locker.

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Speak to one of our engineers about our broad range of capabilities, and how they can help to accelerate your product along its development lifecycle.

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Structural Heart

We are experts in structural heart applications including access sheaths, delivery catheters and systems targeting the aortic, mitral, and tricuspid valves.

Braids, coils, and laser-cut stainless-steel components can all be configured to contribute to performance and function, including steerable shafts and telescopic devices used in therapy delivery.

Devices can be made steerable, with the option of multi-plane steering with the incorporation of pull wires with high tensile load capabilities to handle high force delivery requirements of your implants.

Our testing capabilities allow us to test and challenge the design quickly in our lab. Custom test methods can be designed and tailored to suit your specific needs.

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Peripheral vascular

Our technology and expertise is ideally suited to catheters used in peripheral vascular applications including self-expanding stent delivery systems, graft delivery systems used in AAA, TAA and EVAR applications, niche devices including embolics delivery, occlusion devices and novel multi-functional integrated devices.

We have developed significant expertise and capability in microcatheters and lowest-profile diameter shafts minimising wall thickness and optimising the internal cross-sectional area.

Laser-cut shafts, braid, coil, and braid/coil hybrids with multi-durometer jackets are all optimised to target performance and functionality.

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Peripheral vascular

Our technology and expertise is ideally suited to catheters used in peripheral vascular applications including self-expanding stent delivery systems, graft delivery systems used in AAA, TAA and EVAR applications, niche devices including embolics delivery, occlusion devices and novel multi-functional integrated devices.

We have developed significant expertise and capability in microcatheters and lowest-profile diameter shafts minimising wall thickness and optimising the internal cross-sectional area.

Laser-cut shafts, braid, coil, and braid/coil hybrids with multi-durometer jackets are all optimised to target performance and functionality.

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Complex assemblies & integrated devices

Here at ICS we fully identify with the exciting advancement of smart catheter technology and its ability to revolutionise the medical device diagnostic and therapy landscape.

We are well positioned to support this progression and can facilitate the integration of new technologies; including sensors, electrodes, sensor cabling, fibre optics etc. and we are eager to explore any specific challenge you could bring to us.

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Electrophysiology (EP) applications

We can apply our catheter technology expertise to support your EP catheter development.

Fixed Curve and Steerable sheaths can be used for Transeptal Access and to support therapy delivery catheters. We can integrate your therapy technology (sensors, electrodes, others) into a working catheter. We have experience in EP diagnostic and ablation catheters, access devices, sheaths, steerable devices, and cryotherapy balloon catheters.

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Electrophysiology (EP) applications

We can apply our catheter technology expertise to support your EP catheter development.

Fixed Curve and Steerable sheaths can be used for Transeptal Access and to support therapy delivery catheters. We can integrate your therapy technology (sensors, electrodes, others) into a working catheter. We have experience in EP diagnostic and ablation catheters, access devices, sheaths, steerable devices, and cryotherapy balloon catheters.

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Endoscopic devices

Endoscopic devices typically leverage our long-length braided and coiled shafts equipment capability for GI applications to the shorter and engineered shafts used in ENT applications. Our equipment is customised to allow for this flexibility and to support the broad range of applications.

If you require steerable devices or integrated devices for access in gastrointestinal, oesophageal, bronchial or laryngeal applications – our steerable catheter device technology and knowledge base can work to your advantage.

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Neurovascular

Neurovascular therapy represents an area of evolving and significantly challenging catheter needs. Here at ICS we are equipped for the challenge, constructing to the lowest of profiles and thinnest of wall constructions.

Microcatheter access devices, stent/coil/embolic delivery systems, balloon occlusion devices, clot retrieval, filter and thrombus retrieval devices and complex integrated devices are all within our capabilities.

We conduct braiding with fine wire (0.0015″), coil wire in SS and Nitinol, and hybrid shafts (braid and coil in series or overlaid). Our reflow can overlay jackets with 7-8-9+ durometers tailored to your device’s exacting needs and requirements.

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Neurovascular

Neurovascular therapy represents an area of evolving and significantly challenging catheter needs. Here at ICS we are equipped for the challenge, constructing to the lowest of profiles and thinnest of wall constructions.

Microcatheter access devices, stent/coil/embolic delivery systems, balloon occlusion devices, clot retrieval, filter and thrombus retrieval devices and complex integrated devices are all within our capabilities.

We conduct braiding with fine wire (0.0015″), coil wire in SS and Nitinol, and hybrid shafts (braid and coil in series or overlaid). Our reflow can overlay jackets with 7-8-9+ durometers tailored to your device’s exacting needs and requirements.

Process and equipment technical capability

At ICS Medical Devices we believe in cutting edge technology and capability to drive our customer developments. We are tooled with leading technology and engineering talent and we continuously look to compliment and improve what we have with market evolving and leading differentiating technologies.

  • Braiding+

    16 carrier Steeger braider.

    Materials 304SS, 316SS, Nitinol, Fibre e.g Kevlar

    0.00075”+ Round Wire and 0.00075”x0.002 + Flat wire. Discrete lengths from 1”up to reel to reel braiding.

    Full Load (1o2u2), Diamond (2o2u2) and Half Load (1o1u1)

    Braiding in discrete lumens for pullwire, inflation, electrodes, braiding in electrode wire.

  • Coiling+

    Production & prototype coiling setups.

    304SS, 316SS, nitinol wire compatible. Up to 2.2m working length.

    Close coil and open coil, variable pitch and with smooth tapered transitions.

    Round wire, flat wire, Right hand and left-hand coiling including coil over coil and coil over braid configurations. Compression coils.  Welded coil termination.

  • Thermal Reflow+

    MSI vertical laminator, lengths upto 2.1m accomodating 1-34Fr diameters.

    Independent 4 Lane configuration, suitable for development and volume purposes.

    360o Microswirl nozzle with nozzle centering guides to ensure product heat exposure is optimal.

  • Laser Welding+

    Metal to Metal bonding, common applications including SS overlap and buttweld configurations and common pull wire to pull ring welds as used in steerable catheters.

    Highly controlled parameters including Voltage 155 – 400V, Pulse Width 0.1 – 50.0mS, frequency 0 – 50Hz, Diameter – 45 – 45 STEP

  • Thermal Bonding+

    Air & Split Die options.

    Temperature 0-750°F

    Bond Widths 0.3mm to 20mm, Diameters 0.010” up to 0.750”,

    Air pressure and Vacuum, Cooling line – suitable for balloon and shaft bonding and jacket reflow.

    Common application, balloon bonding, butt joint, splice and overlap joint, tip bonding.

  • Testing+

    Tensile Tester: Zwick Roell Z2.5, Max test load cell: 1 kN &  0.2 kN.

    Displacement up to 1160 mm, crosshead speed 0.0005 to 1000 mm/min .

    Common application – Compression & Tensile Load testing, 3 Point Bends & Cantilever testing for shaft flexibility,

    Horizontal configuration for track testing using anatomical models.

    HD vision systems with image capture to support information sharing.

    Design of custom test model and methods to suit your product specifics including hard and soft model.  Fabricate test models in 2D or 3D, anatomical test model

  • Rapid Prototype+

    Materials ABS, PLA, Max build size 200x200x185.

    Layer thickness 0.05-0.4mm

  • Microscopes+

    Various including Leica S9i stereomicroscopes with HD vision systems & dimensional software.

    Typical 9:1 zoom with magnification 6.1x-55x (10x eyepieces)

  • Adhesive & UV curing Stations+

    Adhesive dispensing technology with high control including time as precise as 0.01s and pressure controlled between 1-100psi.

    UV adhesive curing lamp technology with standard wavelengths 320-500nm on site and other wavelengths available.

  • Induction Annealer+

    EASYHEAT 1.2 to 2.4 kW Induction Heating System for annealing thin wall metals and wires. Typical application in metal tube anneal and braid wire end annealing and termination.

  • Pad Printer+

    Versatile, open inkwell pad printing machine, standard plate size 250 x 100mm with precision < ± 0.02mm, very flexible for development purposes for shaft printing including linear markers and text.

  • Development+

    Array of benchtop kit and accessories allowing part customisation and development including soldering irons, Dremel’s, drills, polymer extrusion necking, ovens, furnaces (NiTi forming), hot boxes, ovens, bench top coilers, RP, crimpers, tools and more.

     

  • Cleanroom - Class 8+

    2500sq.ft validated at class 8. Split into 2 independent rooms.
    Full process capability including package, labelling and sealing.

  • Pouch Sealing+

    Packaging pouch sealing, OPL 450 – extended length medical pouch sealer. Airless – solenoid actuated sealing bar. Advanced processor allowing advanced seal to seal consistency.

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