Stainless steel and copper-based components for pioneering healthcare design
Timeless are proud of the varied projects that we have worked on within the healthcare industry – from creating a tubing component for a wheelchair-lifting mechanism to liquid-dispensing laboratory equipment.
We understand how important precision and reliability is in this vital sector, which is why our clients trust us to fabricate tubes with a fastidious attention to quality.
Surgical grade stainless steel
We use stainless steel tubing for products in this sector, where hygiene is a major requirement, because it offers inert, easy-to-clean surfaces. Stainless steel is also corrosion resistant, and has low-maintenance costs.
We often form tube from 316L (1.4404) steel, which withstands more industrial solvents and chlorides than some other stainless steels. However, for mobility equipment and staircases in healthcare environments, 304L (1.4301) is sufficient.
When sterile conditions are necessary, such as manufacturing for pharmaceuticals, we can electropolish the tubing to create an ultra-hard, protective finish, which allows for complete sterility.
Antimicrobial copper and cupronickel
There is growing interest from the healthcare sector for metal surfaces within hospital settings to be be made from copper and copper alloys such as cupronickel to prevent cross-contamination of pathogens that cause healthcare-associated infections. Increasing bodies of research show how copper and its alloys have impressive antimicrobial properties as they effectively ‘kill’ microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses and fungi quicker than other surfaces by neutralising them, or at the very least inhibiting their growth. This can help to slow the spread of viruses such as Covid-19 and influenza A, as well as dangerous bacterial infections.
If you are seeking to replace existing furniture and fittings such as grab rails, handrails, hospital bed rails, IV poles and arm rests on visitors’ chairs with copper, brass or cupronickel, please speak to our engineers. They will ensure that the tubing is ergonomically and structurally sound, making the application more comfortable for the end user. Timeless Tube welcomes any opportunity to fabricate prototypes for this crucial new field of research.
Innovations in this sector have a major impact on the well-being of humans, which is why our engineers love to work on new design challenges in this field. We can customise our tubing sizes so that they fit your medical device, mobility aid or health product.
Please contact our engineers to see how they can help with prototypes and new developments.
Mobility and rehab assistance
Our shaped tubing is ergonomically superior to round tubing – mainly because it is easier for people to grasp it without their hand slipping around the tube.
The D-shaped railing – often referred to as handrail or handrail capping – is especially useful in environments where people may require grab rails.
It is comfortable to grip, and easy to clean. Our classic oval tube offers advantages over round tubing, and is popular for adapted furniture and other specialist mobility equipment, such as support rails on beds.
Healthcare-related tubing applications
- Laboratory equipment
- Mobilitiy equipment
- Rehab equipment
- Bed safety and support rails
- Bath chair / seats
- Grab rails
- Medical devices
- Anti-ligature fixings and furniture
- Theatre tables
- Wheelchari components
- Carrying aids
- Foot and leg rests
From stunning twists to classic oval, our six tube profiles can be used across many architectural applications:
An ergonomic, tactile shape that is perfect for handrails and balustrades in conjunction with structural glass and brickwork. A low-maintenance design commonly used for architectural and marine purposes.
Flat-sided Oval Tube
Clean, rounded lines and a flat-sided profile provide strength for architectural purposes – with a flat side useful for fixing to other elements.
With a smooth top, flat section and incredible lateral strength, this ingenious design prevents water ingress and it’s easy to install. Ideal for handrail in public buildings and on marine craft.
Radiused Square Tube
Blended radius corners and a slight convex side provide greater strength than standard round tubing. This great alternative to box section tubing is popularly used for baluster railings and furniture.
Twisted Square Tube
Aesthetically striking, with the power to make a significant impact. Provides impressive strength integrity while being lighter and more cost-effective than conventional solid twisted bars.
Twisted Oval Tube
Innovative spiral forming applied to a classic oval tube design. This stunning twisted tube profile creates a mesmeric effect that is ideal for decorative metal architecture on buildings and boats.