Flares & Flanges

Today’s catheter delivery systems rely on increasingly complex shapes, constructions and polymers to deliver their intended treatment. Developing catheter tube flaring, flanging, upset tubes forming, mushroom tips, nail heads and other complex shapes can only be consistently achieved through advanced technology and sound engineering principles.

Vante and PlasticWeld Systems equipment are the global standards for flaring and flanging 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 when the shapes are complex and precision is critical.

Advantages of partnering with Vante and PlasticWeld Systems for catheter tube flaring and flanging 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

flare tips
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Flares

Flares

Flared ends are often used to provide an enlarged entry point for other components, or as an anti-pullout feature when engaged with other tapered interlocking components. 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: virtually any angle opening; straight conical, curved funnel, straight OD/ID enlargements
  • Flare Lengths: ranging from 1mm and longer depending on polymer, tube OD/ID and desired opening size
  • 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.

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Catheter Flange Tip Forming
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Flanges

Flanges

Flanged ends are often used to provide an anchoring or anti-pullout feature when engaged with other interlocking components. 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 22ga up to 45Fr
  • Geometry Configurations: right angle flange of varying OD sizes and thicknesses
  • 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 and 2-up systems, depending on project details.

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Mushroom Tip
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Mushrooms

Mushrooms

Mushroomed ends are often used to provide an anchoring or anti-pullout feature when engaged with other interlocking components. 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 22ga up to 45Fr
  • Geometry Configurations: Varying OD sizes, thicknesses and smooth coutours
  • 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 and 2-up systems, depending on project details.

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Catheter arrow headtip from Vante and PlasticWeld Systems equipment
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Arrow Heads

Arrow Heads

Enlarged tapered or conical tips with a proximal shoulder have precise external and internal geometric configurations designed to provide specific fitments to mating 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 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 systems depending on project details.

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catheter nail head tips
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Nailheads

Nailheads

Thick flanged ends, or nail heads, are often used to provide an anchoring or anti-pullout feature when engaged with other interlocking components. 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 22ga up to 45Fr
  • Geometry Configurations: right angle flange of varying OD sizes and thicknesses
  • 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 and 2-up systems, depending on project details.

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Catheter Polygonal tip from Vante and PlasticWeld Systems equipment
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Polygon Shapes

Polygon Shapes

Polygon-shaped flanged ends are often used to provide an anchoring or anti-pullout feature when engaged with other interlocking components. 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 22ga up to 45Fr
  • Geometry Configurations: right angle flange of varying OD sizes and thicknesses
  • 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 and 2-up systems, depending on project details.

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Upset Tube
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Upset Tube / OD Expansion

Upset Tube / OD Expansion

Mid-tube flanges (upsets) are often used to provide an anchoring or anti-pullout feature when engaged with other interlocking components. Their precise external configuration and location are designed for consistent and reliable fitment to other components. They require a precise, repeatable process to be formed fully and 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 22ga up to 45Fr
  • Geometry Configurations: varying OD sizes and thicknesses
  • 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 and 2-up systems, depending on project details.

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Catheter inner flare on Vante and PlasticWeld Systems equipment
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Inside Flares

Inside Flares

Internal flared ends are often used to provide an enlarged entry point for other components. Maintaining the original tube OD while forming the internal taper is a critical design feature which requires a precise, repeatable process. 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: narrow angle openings with straight conical, curved funnel, straight ID enlargements
  • Flare Lengths: ranging from 1mm and longer depending on polymer, tube OD/ID and desired opening size
  • 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.

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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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