Tygon Microbore Tubing in custom and standard lengths

The Many Applications For Microbore Tubing

Back in the 1930s, Saint-Gobain Corporation began a long history of trend setting innovations in flexible plastic tubing when they introduced the Tygon tube to the industrial world. Their special blend created plastic tubing that was heat, chemical and biological resistant, making it possible for their products to serve a much wider customer base than their competitors. By the 1960s, they set the standard again when they introduced microbore tubing to the world.

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Beneficial Characteristics

Tygon microbore tubing is a popular choice for medical, pharmaceutical, laboratory and industrial applications. It is extremely customizable, being flexible enough for easy installation in most devices, but rigid enough to resist damage from high stress, vacuum and suctioning machine applications. It easily meets all ISO restrictions for medical and pharmaceutical use, and resists contamination from any substance it carries.

Able to be produced with bores as tiny as that of a human hair, this wonder material found its first home in the medical field. Used in many functions from IV therapy to microsurgery, its durability and natural resistance to outside contamination makes it perfect for use in the lab, surgical suite and the home health care field. Nothing harms it, through transference or absorption, making it perfect for the transfer of helpful chemical for patient aid, as well as harmful compounds for laboratory testing. Easily sterilized for repeated use, it is also physically durable and resistant to pressure, vacuum, heat, wear and tear, and punctures.


In the medical field, this wonderful material is used for a lot of surgical, laboratory and pharmaceutical functions. In kidney dialysis, for example, its resistance to collapsing under pressure makes it invaluable for suctioning blood for cleansing during the dialysis process. Its inherent resistance to chemical contamination and degradation makes it perfect for use during arterial infusion procedures like chemotherapy.

Because it is also thermoplastic in nature, it is also used to create cannula for oxygen therapy treatments for COPD, asthma, bronchitis and other breathing disorders. The recent rise in home health care has also brought it into patients' homes for use in IV applications, pulse oximeters, oxygen concentrators and heart monitors. Surgical applications include stents, balloon angioplasty, and cardiovascular catheters. It has also found a home in labs as extraction and testing devices, primarily because it is so resistant to contamination, and can be easily sterilized with saline, gas and germicides. Microbore tubing has even been used as insulation for circuitry in many laboratory and medical scanners, pumps, regulators and meters.


Because of its wonderful flexibility, microbore tubing has found a home in a host of industries. Its resistant nature makes it an invaluable tool everywhere in the medical, pharmaceutical and laboratory fields.