Engineered Corrugated Products
OEM/Miller has used corrugated tubing to meet customers’ needs and design requirements across a variety of applications and in many industries. Our capabilities include incorporating corrugated and straight sections of hose, varying the I.D. and O.D. of the tube, changing the profile from a standard circular tube to other geometry and then back, and adding locking cuffs or other mating features all in a seamless, one piece design. OEM/Miller also performs secondary operations to our corrugated tubing. Assembling components to the tube, forming bends into the tube, and inserting the molded ends allows our corrugated tubing to mate with a variety of surfaces. Our niche has been replacing competing technologies such as formed rubber hoses and blow-molded plastic parts with better functioning, lower cost corrugated tubing designs. Let us help you meet your design and cost objectives.
Engineering and Design
OEM Engineering Department Capabilities
Assemblies and Components
Special Cuffs/Straight Sections
Often there is a need for a corrugated tube to only bend in certain sections or to have a smooth cuff to mate with an existing port. In these cases, OEM/Miller can often use ourstandard tooling for the bulk of a part and then design cuff tooling to meet the specific requirements of a customer. This approach allows the customer to have a specifically designed part that meets the application requirements for minimal tooling costs. At other times, new corrugation designs are necessary to meet the application requirements. Let us help you solve your problem.
Injection Molded Ends
In fluid carrying applications, there is a need for a watertight seal on the end of our corrugated tube that cannot be achieved with a smooth cuff because of application pressure, the shape of the mating part or other reasons. In these cases, OEM/Miller can offer an injection-molded end on our tube to meet these requirements and still provide a cost effective, one-piece design to the customer. Often, these are TPE molded ends on a polypropelene hose. The TPE and polypropylene chemically bond in the molding process, making a leak-proof junction. The TPE provides an effective, rubber-like sealing surface and the polypropylene makes a strong, low-cost tube. We also mold on a variety of other shapes and materials to meet the specific design requirements of each application.
OEM/Miller has developed a patent pending process to co-extrude tubing with a TPE I.D. and a rigid thermoplastic O.D. for fluid carrying applications. The TPE provides a soft, rubber-like sealing surface to mate with other parts and the rigid thermoplastic O.D. provides crush strength and abrasion resistance that could not be obtained in an all TPE part. The result is a durable, sealable tube at a much lower cost than competing technologies such as all TPE tubes or short polypropylene tubes with molded ends.
This design features a hose that is made of two materials extruded into the same hose length sequentially providing a product that can be flexible where flexibility is required and less flexible where crush resistance is important. This technology allowed OEM/Miller to replace products that they already manufactured as two piece hose designs (where a polypropylene hose was spunweld to a TPV hose) with a single hose thus again reducing cost and improving function.
In order to meet the needs of our customers for one-piece assemblies, OEM/Miller has developed cost-effective assembly methods in many areas. We have automated assembly operations to spin-weld injection molded parts to our tubes and insert checkvalves and other components into our tubes; these automated operations create one-piece assemblies and reduce part counts. Clips or other assembly hardware are added to our tubes in our plant so that they are ready to assemble when they reach our customers; we also form bends in our tubes to meet specific routing requirements in the application, all in an effort to provide a total solution for YOU—our customer.
At OEM/Miller, We Provide Total Solutions, Not Just Products.
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