Tip & End Forming

Today’s catheter delivery systems rely on increasingly complex shapes, constructions and polymers to deliver their intended treatment.  Many of the catheter tipping and end forming application complexities can only be consistently achieved through advanced technology and proper application of sound engineering principles.

Vante and PlasticWeld Systems equipment is the global standards for tipping and end forming equipment.  Superior heating technology, proprietary thermal profiling and a defined customer engagement process lead by our experienced engineers – assure you get the best results possible.

Advantages of partnering with Vante and PlasticWeld Systems for catheter tipping and end forming include:

  • Wide range of technology options and experience to match the customer requirements with the optimal solution and price point.
  • Turnkey solutions which will allow you to make parts and validate your process fast!
  • Robust equipment that is proven in high volume environments, reduces cycle times and eliminates secondary operations like cutting flash.
  • Dedicated applications engineering and process development team to advise on product design and deliver turnkey process solutions.
  • Global service team that can respond quickly in your time of need
  • One stop shop for machines, tooling, development and protoypes

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Applications

Taper Tip / Conical Tip
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Taper/Conical

Taper/Conical

Tapered or conical tips are a standard configuration for many catheter applications, but don’t let their simple shape fool you.  Their precise external and internal geometric configurations are designed for specific functions, and they require a precise, repeatable process to be formed accurately. A wide variation in tube sizes, tip configurations and polymer choices add extra layers of complexity to the tip forming process.  Vante and PlasticWeld diverse equipment options provide you with unmatched versatility to meet your specific production challenges.

  • Tube OD Range: Tube sizes ranging from 2Fr up to 45Fr
  • Geometry Configurations: Including thin-walled tips, profiled ID transitions, thick walled and stepped OD’s.
  • Taper Lengths: Tip lengths ranging from 1mm up to 90mm
  • Materials: All thermoplastic polymers can be formed: including LDPE, HDPE, PE copolymers, PP, PU & PU blends, PEBAX, FEP, and many others.
  • Standard Machine Configurations: 1-up, 2-up and 4-up systems depending on project details.
  • Customized tooling enhancements to provide precise positioning of critical internal features

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bullet tips / closed end tips
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Closed End Tip

Closed End Tip

Closed end tips are a standard configuration for many catheter applications, but don’t let their simple shape fool you.  Their precise external geometric configurations are designed for specific functions, and they require a precise, repeatable process to be formed accurately. A wide variation in tube sizes, tip configurations and polymer choices add extra layers of complexity to the tip forming process.  Vante and PlasticWeld diverse equipment options provide you with unmatched versatility to meet your specific production challenges.

  • Tube OD Range: Tube sizes ranging from 2Fr up to 45Fr
  • Geometry Configurations: Including thin-walled tips, profiled ID transitions, thick walled and stepped OD’s.
  • Taper Lengths: Tip lengths ranging from 1mm up to 90mm
  • Materials: All thermoplastic polymers can be formed: including LDPE, HDPE, PE copolymers, PP, PU & PU blends, PEBAX, FEP, and many others.
  • Standard Machine Configurations: 1-up, 2-up and 4-up systems depending on project details.
  • Customized tooling enhancements to provide precise positioning of critical internal features

 


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Neckdowns
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Neckdown

Neckdown

Neckdown tips are often used as an intermediate step to facilitate location of marker bands or other features in many catheters. Their precise external and internal geometric configurations are designed for consistent and reliable fitment to other components.  They require a precise, repeatable process to be formed accurately. A wide variation in tube sizes, tip configurations and polymer choices add extra layers of complexity to the tip forming process.  Vante and PlasticWeld diverse equipment options provide you with unmatched versatility to meet your specific production challenges.

  • Tube OD Range: Tube sizes ranging from 2Fr up to 45Fr
  • Geometry Configurations: Including thin-walled tips, profiled ID transitions, thick walled and stepped OD’s.
  • Taper Lengths: Tip lengths ranging from 1mm up to 15mm
  • Materials: All thermoplastic polymers can be formed: including LDPE, HDPE, PE copolymers, PP, PU & PU blends, PEBAX, FEP, and many others.
  • Standard Machine Configurations: 1-up, 2-up and 4-up systems depending on project details.
  • Customized tooling enhancements to provide precise positioning of critical internal features

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Catheter End Forming
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Tip and End Forming

Tip and End Forming

Tip and End Forming

Non-symmetrical tips are becoming a standard configuration for many advanced catheter applications. Their precise, unique external geometric configurations are designed for specific functions, and they require a precise, repeatable process to be formed accurately. A wide variation in tube sizes, tip configurations and polymer choices add extra layers of complexity to the tip forming process.  Vante and PlasticWeld diverse equipment options provide you with unmatched versatility to meet your specific production challenges.

  • Tube OD Range: Tube sizes ranging from 4Fr up to 45Fr
  • Geometry Configurations: Including thin-walled tips, profiled ID transitions, thick walled and stepped OD’s.
  • Taper Lengths: Tip lengths ranging from 1mm up to 25mm
  • Materials: All thermoplastic polymers can be formed: including LDPE, HDPE, PE copolymers, PP, PU & PU blends, PEBAX, FEP, and many others.
  • Standard Machine Configurations: 1-up, 2-up and 4-up systems depending on project details.
  • Customized tooling enhancements to provide precise positioning of critical internal features

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Radius tips Made on Vante and PlasticWeld Systems equipment
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Radius Tip

Radius Tip

Radius tips are a standard configuration for many catheter applications, but don’t let their simple shape fool you.  Their precise external and internal geometric configurations are designed for specific functions, and they require a precise, repeatable process to be formed accurately. A wide variation in tube sizes, tip configurations and polymer choices add extra layers of complexity to the tip forming process.  Vante and PlasticWeld diverse equipment options provide you with unmatched versatility to meet your specific production challenges.

  • Tube OD Range: Tube sizes ranging from 2Fr up to 45Fr
  • Geometry Configurations: Including thin-walled tips, profiled ID transitions, thick walled and stepped OD’s.
  • Taper Lengths: Tip lengths ranging from 1mm up to 10mm
  • Materials: All thermoplastic polymers can be formed: including LDPE, HDPE, PE copolymers, PP, PU & PU blends, PEBAX, FEP, and many others.
  • Standard Machine Configurations: 1-up, 2-up and 4-up systems depending on project details.
  • Customized tooling enhancements to provide precise positioning of critical internal features

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Trachial and Angle Tips
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Angle Tip

Angle Tip

Angle tips are a standard configuration for many catheter applications, but don’t let their simple shape fool you.  Their precise external and internal geometric configurations are designed for specific functions, and they require a precise, repeatable process to be formed accurately. A wide variation in tube sizes, tip configurations and polymer choices add extra layers of complexity to the tip forming process.  Vante and PlasticWeld diverse equipment options provide you with unmatched versatility to meet your specific production challenges.

  • Tube OD Range: Tube sizes ranging from 10Fr up to 45Fr
  • Geometry Configurations: Including thin-walled tips, thick walled and stepped OD’s.
  • Taper Lengths: Tip lengths ranging from 1mm up to 20mm
  • Materials: Typical polymers include PVC, HDPE, LDPE and Pebax.
  • Standard Machine Configurations: 1-up, 2-up and 4-up systems depending on project details.
  • Customized tooling enhancements to provide precise positioning of critical internal features

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Catheter Multi-Lumen Neckdown
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Multi-Lumen

Multi-Lumen

A growing number of advanced catheter applications utilize multiple lumens in a tube.  Tips are designed to close off some lumens while keeping others open.  Their precise external and internal geometric configurations are designed for specific functions, and they require a precise, repeatable process to be formed accurately. A wide variation in tube sizes, tip configurations and polymer choices add extra layers of complexity to the tip forming process.  Vante and PlasticWeld diverse equipment options provide you with unmatched versatility to meet your specific production challenges.

  • Tube OD Range: Tube sizes ranging from 2Fr up to 45Fr
  • Geometry Configurations: Including thin-walled tips, profiled ID transitions, thick walled and stepped OD’s.
  • Taper Lengths: Tip lengths ranging from 1mm up to 90mm
  • Materials: All thermoplastic polymers can be formed: including LDPE, HDPE, PE copolymers, PP, PU & PU blends, PEBAX, FEP, and many others.
  • Standard Machine Configurations: 1-up, 2-up and 4-up systems depending on project details.
  • Customized tooling enhancements to provide precise positioning of critical internal features

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soft tips
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Soft Tip

Soft Tip

Soft, bonded tips are a standard configuration for many catheter applications.  Their precise external and internal geometric configurations, along with the need for a securely bonded interface, are critical to proper functioning of the catheter and patient comfort.  Soft tips require a precise, repeatable process to be formed accurately and reliable, maximum strength bonding. A wide variation in tube sizes, tip configurations and polymer choices add extra layers of complexity to the tip forming process.  Vante and PlasticWeld diverse equipment options provide you with unmatched versatility to meet your specific production challenges.

  • Tube OD Range: Tube sizes ranging from 2Fr up to 45Fr
  • Geometry Configurations: Including thin-walled tips, profiled ID transitions, thick walled and stepped OD’s.
  • Taper Lengths: Tip lengths ranging from 1mm up to 15mm
  • Materials: Most thermoplastic polymers can be formed: including PU & PU blends, PEBAX and many others.
  • Standard Machine Configurations: 1-up, 2-up and 4-up systems depending on project details.
  • Customized tooling enhancements to provide precise positioning of critical internal features

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Catheter Sheeth Tips
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Sheath Tip

Sheath Tip

Sheath tips have special configuration requirements to assure proper functioning of the device.  Their precise external and internal geometric configurations are designed for specific functions, and they require a precise, repeatable process to be formed accurately. A wide variation in tube sizes, tip configurations and polymer choices add extra layers of complexity to the tip forming process.  Vante and PlasticWeld diverse equipment options provide you with unmatched versatility to meet your specific production challenges.

  • Tube OD Range: Tube sizes ranging from 2Fr up to 45Fr
  • Geometry Configurations: Including thin-walled tips, profiled ID transitions.
  • Taper Lengths: Tip lengths ranging from 1mm up to 15mm
  • Materials: All thermoplastic polymers can be formed: including LDPE, HDPE, PE copolymers, PP, PU & PU blends, PEBAX, FEP, and many others.
  • Standard Machine Configurations: 1-up, 2-up and 4-up systems depending on project details.
  • Customized tooling enhancements to provide precise positioning of critical internal features

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dilator tips
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Dilator Tip

Dilator Tip

Dilator tips require precise external and internal geometric configurations to perform properly. A wide variation in tube sizes, tip configurations and polymer choices add extra layers of complexity to the tip forming process.  Vante and PlasticWeld diverse equipment options provide you with unmatched versatility to meet your specific production challenges.

  • Tube OD Range: Tube sizes ranging from 2Fr up to 45Fr
  • Geometry Configurations: Including thin-walled tips, profiled ID transitions, thick walled and stepped OD’s.
  • Taper Lengths: Tip lengths ranging from 1mm up to 90mm
  • Materials: All thermoplastic polymers can be formed: including LDPE, HDPE, PE copolymers, PP, PU & PU blends, PEBAX, FEP, and many others.
  • Standard Machine Configurations: 1-up, 2-up and 4-up systems depending on project details.
  • Customized tooling enhancements to provide precise positioning of critical internal features

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Catheter IV Tip Forming
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IV Tips

IV Tips

IV tips are a standard and sometimes challenging catheter application. Their relatively small size and ultra thin-walled tubing creates a difficult challenge for most tipping platforms.  Their precise external and internal geometric configurations are designed for specific functions, and they require a precise, repeatable process to be formed accurately.  Vante and PlasticWeld diverse equipment options provide you with unmatched versatility to meet your IV tip production challenges.

  • Tube OD Range: Tube sizes ranging from 22ga and up
  • Geometry Configurations: Including thin-walled tips, profiled ID transitions
  • Taper Lengths: Tip lengths ranging from 1mm up to 10mm
  • Materials: Polymers generally include PTFE.
  • Standard Machine Configurations: 1-up, 2-up and 4-up systems depending on project details.
  • Customized tooling enhancements to provide precise positioning of critical internal features

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Catheter guidewire tips on Vante and PlasticWeld Systems equipment
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Guidewire Tip

Guidewire Tip

Guidewire tips can be a challenge to produce.  The combination of wire core and thin external polymer sheath, along with precise external shapes require a precise, repeatable process to be formed accurately. A wide variation in sizes, tip configurations and polymer choices add extra layers of complexity to the tip forming process.  Vante and PlasticWeld diverse equipment options provide you with unmatched versatility to meet your specific production challenges.

  • OD Range: OD sizes ranging from 0.014” and larger
  • Geometry Configurations: Including rounded tips
  • Tip Lengths: Tip lengths ranging from 1mm and longer
  • Materials: Polymers usually include: PU & PU blends, PEBAX and others.
  • Standard Machine Configurations: 1-up, 2-up and 4-up systems depending on project details.

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CVC and Skiving
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CVC

CVC

CVC tips require precise external geometric configurations, along with the need for a securely bonded interface, are critical to proper functioning of the catheter.  They require a precise, repeatable process to be formed accurately and while providing reliable, maximum strength bonds. A wide variation in tube sizes, tip configurations and polymer choices add extra layers of complexity to the tip forming process.  Vante and PlasticWeld diverse equipment options provide you with unmatched versatility to meet your specific production challenges.

  • Tube OD Range: Tube sizes ranging from 2Fr and larger
  • Geometry Configurations: standard radius tip thermally bonded to main catheter shaft
  • Taper Lengths: Tip lengths ranging from 1mm up to 15mm
  • Materials: Most thermoplastic polymers can be formed: including PU & PU blends, PEBAX and many others.
  • Standard Machine Configurations: 1-up, 2-up and 4-up systems depending on project details.

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Catheter Urinary Tip with polished eyes
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Urinary

Urinary

Urinary tips are a specialized subset of closed end tips.  Their precise external geometric configurations are designed for specific functions, and they require a precise, repeatable process to be formed accurately while providing an ultra-smooth exterior surface to maximize patient comfort. A wide variation in tube sizes, along with a number of tip configurations and polymer choices adds extra layers of complexity to the tip forming process.  Vante and PlasticWeld diverse equipment options provide you with unmatched versatility to meet your specific production challenges.

  • Tube OD Range: Tube sizes ranging from 5Fr up to 24Fr
  • Geometry Configurations: Including standard bullet tips, Coude, Tiemann and open tip configurations.
  • Taper Lengths: Tip lengths ranging from 1mm up to 25mm
  • Materials: Thermoplastic polymers typically include PVC and PU.
  • Standard Machine Configurations: 1-up, 2-up and 4-up systems depending on project details.

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Catheter Angiographic Tip
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Angiographic

Angiographic

Angioraphic tips require precise external geometric configurations, along with the need for a securely bonded interface, are critical to proper functioning of the catheter.  They require a precise, repeatable process to be formed accurately and while providing reliable, maximum strength bonds. A wide variation in tube sizes, tip configurations and polymer choices add extra layers of complexity to the tip forming process.  Vante and PlasticWeld diverse equipment options provide you with unmatched versatility to meet your specific production challenges.

  • Tube OD Range: Tube sizes ranging from 2Fr up and larger
  • Geometry Configurations: standard radius tip thermally bonded to main catheter shaft
  • Taper Lengths: Tip lengths ranging from 1mm up to 15mm
  • Materials: Most thermoplastic polymers can be formed: including PU & PU blends, PEBAX and many others.
  • Standard Machine Configurations: 1-up, 2-up and 4-up systems depending on project details.

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Catheter Tracheal angle tips
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Tracheal

Tracheal

Tracheal tips are a specialized subset of angle tips.  Their precise external and internal geometric configurations are designed for specific functions, and they require a precise, repeatable process to be formed accurately. A wide variation in tube sizes, tip configurations and polymer choices add extra layers of complexity to the tip forming process.  Vante and PlasticWeld diverse equipment options provide you with unmatched versatility to meet your specific production challenges.

  • Tube OD Range: Tube sizes ranging from 10Fr up to 45Fr
  • Geometry Configurations: angled ends, straight ends with radiused edges
  • Taper Lengths: Tip lengths ranging from 1mm up to 20mm
  • Materials: Typical polymers include PVC.
  • Standard Machine Configurations: 1-up, 2-up and 4-up systems depending on project details.

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Vante Ruby™

Turnkey, High-Volume Production Equipment

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Flexible platform which allows for custom molds

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PLC controlled production equipment

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