How to tack down the ends of a braid

tack down braided catheter with PET
Posted February 6th, 2017 in Technical Updates

Many processes require that the braid material is tacked down so that it does not shift during secondary processes. Our friends at Vention recommend using a short section of PET heat shrink tubing to secure the ends of braided sections of a reinforced catheter shaft. The tubing provides a smooth transition over sharp edges and prevents the braid from […]

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Recommended bobbin types

Posted May 6th, 2016 in Technical Updates

SteegerUSA offers 16mm, 26mm, or 30mm barrel diameter bobbins with a Flange OD of 40mm and space between the flanges of 26mm (see attached drawings). Most of the major wire supplier can and will spool there products directly onto our bobbins. The wire supplier should clean the wire before it is put onto the bobbins. […]

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Types of braiding patterns

Posted May 6th, 2016 in Technical Updates

Full Load Pattern: One single wire under two, then over two wires. These wires rotate in opposite directions. Note, a braid machine operating in this configuration runs at 100% carrier capacity.  Most proficient braid linear throughput. Diamond Pattern Two wires side by side alternately pass under two wires, then over two wires. These wires rotate […]

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Braider upgrade available now for IQ550 Control System!

Retrofit IMC Package upgraded
Posted May 16th, 2017 in Technical Updates

Benefits of Upgrading: Increase max rpm speed by 30% Store up to 25 product recipes Improve from 9 to 25 variable PPI segments Ability to vary pick count (PPI Segments) Added control of operator levels Limit downtime in case of breakdown Ethernet capable expandable hardware for data collection and other customizable software features Installation takes […]

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Types of wire Steeger equipment supports

Posted June 13th, 2016 in Technical Updates

Steeger Braiders using 80 mm horn gears are the only braiders that can braid the extremely small wire and fiber with the demonstrated capability going as low as 0.0005 wire and 5 denier for continuous fiber. These braiders are used extensively in the production of medical devices. These devises tend to use wire below 0.008” […]

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How to prevent wire breaks

Posted June 13th, 2016 in Technical Updates

Wire tension is controlled by selection of the ratchet (general) and tension springs (specific), option of addition set of compensation rollers to decrease tension even further. Mandrel tension is controlled before the capstan with a magnetic hysterisis brake and after with a weight adjustable dancer mechanism (optional magnetic particle clutch). The largest cause of wire […]

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Programming Styles

Posted June 13th, 2016 in Technical Updates

Simple Electronics: these machines allow the customer to selecte a single braid density between 10 and 250 picks per inch and set the table speed form an HMI (Human Machine Interface). IMC Controlled machines: Operator interface will allow the operator to select the necessary parameters for all set-up and running operations. Ability to program recipes […]

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Custom Options for Braiding Machines

Posted June 13th, 2016 in Technical Updates

Some available options Triaxial Introduction Core Pre-heater Discrete Mandrel Feeder System Discrete Mandrel Cutting System Laser braid diameter control Permits pick counts with transition control Remote login for assistance with troubleshooting View our upgrades Contact us about Customizing your Braider

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How often is general maintenance required?

Posted June 13th, 2016 in Technical Updates

Minimal oiling once a week of the carrier foot to horn gear interface. Six to 12 month cycle on maintenance for the carriers and lubrication of the braiding head (usage dependant). 15 – 20 minutes per week. With 2 – 4 hours on 6 – 12 month interval. Lubrication points includea areas from Horn gear […]

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Maintain Consistent PPI and Reduce Wire Breaks with regular maintenance

Posted January 10th, 2018 in News, Technical Updates

Steeger USA introduces the new Carrier Exchange Program. Benefits of the Carrier Maintenance Program: Reduce wire breaks Maintain consistent PPI and braid angle Increase product output Ease and/or reduce audit risk if applicable Reduce downtime by replacing parts before they wear out or break Run equipment at higher speeds Produce more consistent product   Field […]

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Frequent Questions

Posted June 13th, 2016 in Technical Updates

If the wire breaks, will the machine automatically stop (automatic detection system)? Yes, wire break switch for single end and optional sensor for multiple end sensing (conductive materials). How does the speed relate to that of the Wardwell (or equal) rotary style braider? Generally we run at half the RPM of the rotary style machines. […]

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32 Carrier Machines are compatible with 16 carrier heads!

k80 horizontal braiding machine
Posted December 10th, 2018 in Technical Updates

In the past year there has been an increase in 24 or 32 carrier machines sales. Our customers are looking to increase product OD, run a half-load braid pattern for additional trackability or other functional changes to differentiate them for their competitors, as well as flex manufacturing capacity with a machine that may not be […]

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