Catheter Friction Tester

Unmatched capacitive force sensing technology integrated with surface inspection to quantify catheter lubricity, insertion, push, navigation forces etc.
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Universal tribometer MFT-5000 Catheter Friction Testing by Rtec Instruments

Ultra High Resolution Sensor Characterizes mN Forces

Friction Maps – Effect of Surface Texture on Friction

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Comparative Data of Two Catheters - Rtec Instruments
Comparative Data of Two Catheters - Rtec Instruments

Patented Integrated In-line 3D Profilometer

Catheter friction tester comes with in-line integrated 3D profilometer . It automatically creates nm level 3D surface change plots during the test.  This allows to correlates the lubricity and friction data with surface topography easily. The technology is specifically optimized for catheter related tests. The lambda head model combines 4 optical techniques on one head – interferometer, spinning disk confocal, dark field and bright field imaging. It can measure catheter surface –  transparent, rough, smooth, and steep slopes surface with ease.  The high resolution XY stage on the tribometer allows for automatic stitching of volume wear and roughness calculations.

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Unmatched Load Cell Technology

Capacitive Sensors 0.001 COF accuracy

The catheter lubricity tester comes with a wide range of load cells providing unparalleled stability and resolution. Easy interchangeable force sensors to cover wide range of test conditions.  Dependent on configuration forces are measured in 1, 2 or 6 axes.

Capacitive sensors for friction measurement on tribometer
Capacitive Load Cells

Highest resolution load cells with high rigid design

Piezo Actuators

Highest resolution precise motions 

Traceable Forces

Calibrated with traceable standards

1D, 2D and 6D sensors

Sensors to measure forces in all directions during the motion 

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Due to its multiple configurations, the MFT-5000 tribometer is used extensively across a wide range of industries:

  • Bio Materials
  • Catheter
  • Tablets
  • Dental
  • Optical Lenses
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Polymer
  • Devices
  • Stents

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