Accelerate your production with Zeus Engineered Surface tubing. When Zeus scientists engineered a process to increase lubricity while decreasing drag force through micro-structured channels, or “reeds,” we immediately thought the applications could be exponential in many industries. We have seen success as customers from industries such as automotive, aerospace, fiber optics, semiconductor, to oil and gas have eagerly explored uses for this exciting technology.
How Engineered Surface Tubing Works
The “reeds” created by our manufacturing process on the outside of this tubing lower the coefficient of friction by reducing surface contact area. Without additives or fillers, our engineered surface process enhances the lubricity on either the inner or outer (or both) surface. Zeus can apply engineered surface on a complete range of high-performance extruded products including PTFE, PEEK, FEP, PFA, PVDF, ETFE, and Nylon.
Engineered Surface Accelerates Manufacturing
Wire, cable, and fiber optics industries routinely assemble bundles often with tacky but necessary sheathing making them difficult to maneuver. These bundles also frequently need to be pushed down long sections of tubing to shield them from temperature extremes, moisture, and aggressive chemicals. Our engineered surface tubing provides an excellent vehicle to accomplish this and many similar tasks saving production and lead times which translate into costs.
Zeus is capable of producing Engineered Surface tubing in a wide range of dimensions for an array of demanding applications. Samples for prototyping and on-site consultations are available through our traveling Technical Z-Team.
Independent testing found that Zeus PEEK Engineered Surface tubing was up to 42 percent more lubricious than standard PEEK tubing1. Zeus engineers didn’t sacrifice the performance characteristics of PEEK to achieve this improved lubricity.
Laser Marking – Additional tube marking is ideal for delicate applications where fine and precise guiding of tubing is required such as medical procedures utilizing catheters.
No Additives or Fillers to Leech – Our polymer engineered surface process creates tubing that is lubricious by nature. Thus, our tubing does not require addition of fillers or other additives that could potentially leech out over time and into their surrounding environment.
Reduced Contact Surface Area – By reducing the contact area between two surfaces, such as between the tubing wall and an adjacent surface, friction between the two surfaces is also dramatically reduced creating a highly lubricious interface.
Strain-Free Movement – Whether for delicate fiber optic cables, medical instruments such as catheters, or heavy wiring, our engineered surface tubing’s highly lubricious nature greatly increases pushability of these items without adding strain. This quality is highly desirable when feeding cables and wiring through extended spaces, tubing, or conduit.