Silicone Jacketed Cables
For Medical Devices & Equipment
Cable assemblies on electronic medical devices and equipment must be sterilized in an autoclave after every procedure, and additionally require frequent cleaning and scrubbing. To protect these cables against the rigors of autoclaving, cleaning, and general daily use, they are usually jacketed in silicone.
Silicone Cable Jacketing
Northwest Rubber Extruders can provide silicone jacketed cable that matches your unique requirements. Provide us with the wires or cable bundles for your device(s) and your jacketing specifications—thickness, durometer, color, etc.—and we’ll take it from there.
We feed the cable(s) through a special cross-head system as the silicone is extruded. The material fully surrounds the cable, and is applied under pressure to ensure proper bonding with and conformity to the cable or cable bundle. This full-encapsulation process ensures reliable protection.
We use premium materials and proven manufacturing processes to guarantee superior quality and durability. We are ISO 9001, AS 9100, and ISO/TS 16949 registered for quality assurance.
Why Use Silicone Jacketing?
Silicone is the material of choice for medical cable assembly jacketing. Its adaptability and versatility make it ideal for medical technology of all types, from patient monitoring equipment to complex implantable devices.
- Silicone is durable enough to tolerate repeated autoclaving and cleaning/disinfecting, as well as day-to-day use. This enables silicone jacketed cables to be used in both single-use and reusable equipment.
- Silicone offers excellent flexibility and elongation characteristics. This makes it the perfect jacketing material for cables that must be manipulated and maneuvered during surgical procedures.
- Silicone is highly biocompatible and provides a soft, supple surface. Silicone jacketed cables therefore helps reduce or eliminate undue irritation to patients and prevents accidental damage to skin or tissue. It also provides an easy-grip surface for doctors and nurses.