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Medical application - Torque test on catheters

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Customers´needs and challenges

Catheters enable surgical procedures to be performed in hollow vessels or organs in order to investigate them, inject fluids or drain the said cavity. For this kind of thorough operation, the manufacturers of catheters must insure the fineness and flexibility of their product, as well as, control the exerted torque at the end of the catheter. The angle of the catheter handle, directly impacts the exerted torque. Excessive torque can lead to a risk of deterioration of the vessels (among many other things), and not enough torque may lead to bad implantation of the prosthesis. Therefore, it is essential to master the torque in accordance with the angle.

ANDILOG Solution

Catheter montage
By combining a torque device equipped with a chuck, and an angle measuring system (such as a protractor for instance) it is possible to control the exerted torque of a catheter to a given angle.
This control can be done during the research and development phase or for quality inspection. It enables you to insure the linearity of the torque/angle ratio and thus optimizing the quality of catheters.

Our torque instruments Centor Easy TH and Centor Star Touch TH have been chosen for this type of test.


Description of the test protocol

The measuring principle is as follows:
- Place the TH sensor on a support enabling the torque sensor to be on the same axis as the catheter and the rotating handle

- Insert one end of the catheter into the rotating handle

- Insert the other end into the chuck of the Centor Easy or Star Touch TH, then tighten the chuck
catheter mandrin
- Verify that the rotating handle is well positioned at 0° in relation to the angle marker and start the measurement
- Rotate the handle in a clockwise or counterclockwise direction and read off the measurement at each, predetermined interval (90°, 180° and 360° for example). The display will plot the maximum and current value, in real time.

catheter rotation
- Once the test is finished, loosen the TH-chuck and remove the catheter.

Key added value of this system

Our TH sensor is tailored for torque measurements on catheters. The instant and/or maximum torque value is displayed on screen - with the curve of the corresponding values displayed using the Centor Star Touch. The results can then be saved in the internal memory of the torque gauge or shown on a computer via our RSIC Lab and Caligraph software. The data can also be saved on a USB stick to be seen and processed after your tests with the Datastick II software. The TH is user friendly and our sensors offer great precision (0.5% of the full sensor scale), making it a precise and affordable solution for your tests.


Option:
The Dual version of the Centor Touch can also be equipped with a angle sensor which replaces the protractor. The display performs the data acquisition in real time with the torque and angle values at a resolution of 0.1°. This torque/angle data can also be plotted live through our Caligraph software and stored for thorough analysis.

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ANDILOG TECHNOLOGIES is a recognized specialist for over 25 years in measuring instruments for force and torque applications in the industrial and research markets. We achieved this goal thanks to a culture of innovation and a strict quality policy. For each measurement case of force or torque, Andilog is creating an innovative and ergonomic solution. We offer measuring devices such as test benches, software, force and torque gauges, digital displays, manual and motorized test stands. We also have every possibility of calibration in force and torque in our laboratory. Our experience as a designer, a manufacturer and an integrator of portable force measuring systems allows us to offer integrated products into complete systems for assembly or manufacturing. All these products feature the latest technologies and are designed for ease of use by industry technicians, laboratory or research.

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