So…Who Said Brushes Have To Be Boring?

Protecting valuable medical equipment and ensuring patient safety with protected brush tips has been around for years. Problem was, adding such protection was either very expensive, poorly made or both…Until Sanderson MacLeod decided to change the game.

Introducing the ZTip…Inseparable Protection Like No Other

Searching beyond the brush industry, we found our answer in material joining engineering.  After  rounds of research, trials, and testing; Sanderson MacLeod engineers did the once  unthinkable… Developed a new manufacturing process using high energy fusion welding technologies.  The result?  An ability to melt a pre-constructed core wire section of a twisted wire brush into a consistent, smooth and inseparable protective tip – The Z-Tip.

No other brush maker is doing anything like this.  

ZTip Technology Advantages:

    • High capacity automation offers unparalleled manufacturing economies
    • One piece construction eliminates risk of separation
    • In line vision system inspection ensure part to part consistecy
    • Ball diameter tolerances of +/- .001”
    • Solidification process eliminates burrs, rough edges or part lines
    • Core wire construction reduces tip material compatibility
    • Adaptable- Brush diameter adaptability without excessive tooling costs

Unparalleled Safety- Eliminating Patient Risk and Equipment Damage

Sanderson MacLeod has been an innovator in the twisted wire brush industry by constantly researching better ways to solve customer problems. When the company set out to fix flaws in medical brush tips, we revolutionized the brush industry.

The largest risk for medical equipment damage can occur during cleaning with a brush that is inserted into the equipment. Traditional brush tips can fall off, sharp core wires can protrude from the tip, and the tips can bend and break. We solved these problems by looking outside of the brush industry and collaborating with experts in materials joining engineering. We conducted hundreds of hours of research, trials, and testing to create a new manufacturing process that uses high-energy, fusion-welding technologies. The result is an entirely new protective brush tip that melts the brush’s preconstructed core wire into a consistent, smooth, and inseparable protective tip, known as the Z-Tip.

In addition to this innovative design, we produce a brush tip with a mirror-like smooth surface, so the tip can’t fall off, the core wire won’t protrude through the tip, and the dimensions and orientation are always consistent. The Z-Tip twisted wire medical brush is created in one in-line, fully automated process, which reduces internal inspection time and costs.

The most important aspect of the Z-Tip is that it will not create microscopic scars while cleaning medical equipment. By not creating scars that trap contaminants, the Z-Tip promotes medical equipment sterility. The Z-Tip is available for all commonly used twisted wire medical brush applications.

The Z-Tip Prevents Equipment Cleaning Damage

Sanderson MacLeod has been an innovator in the twisted wire brush industry by constantly researching better ways to solve customer problems. When the company set out to fix flaws in medical brush tips, we revolutionized the brush industry.

The largest risk for medical equipment damage can occur during cleaning with a brush that is inserted into the equipment. Traditional brush tips can fall off, sharp core wires can protrude from the tip, and the tips can bend and break. We solved these problems by looking outside of the brush industry and collaborating with experts in materials joining engineering. We conducted hundreds of hours of research, trials, and testing to create a new manufacturing process that uses high-energy, fusion-welding technologies. The result is an entirely new protective brush tip that melts the brush’s preconstructed core wire into a consistent, smooth, and inseparable protective tip, known as the Z-Tip.

In addition to this innovative design, we produce a brush tip with a mirror-like smooth surface, so the tip can’t fall off, the core wire won’t protrude through the tip, and the dimensions and orientation are always consistent. The Z-Tip twisted wire medical brush is created in one in-line, fully automated process, which reduces internal inspection time and costs.

The most important aspect of the Z-Tip is that it will not create microscopic scars while cleaning medical equipment. By not creating scars that trap contaminants, the Z-Tip promotes medical equipment sterility. The Z-Tip is available for all commonly used twisted wire medical brush applications.

Color Me Beautiful..ZTip+ 2018 Launch Announced

How do you take the world’s most advanced protective brush tip and make it better?

By adding a little bit of creative color, of course. Now, for the first time, Sanderson MacLeod proudly announces  the ZTip+, offering the color identification and branding alignment previously only available from traditionally molded brush tips. Imagine…All of the variety, colors and consistency of an insert molded tip without but without the separation risks, production costs or tooling lead times of traditional molding.  

We found a way, by adding color-coding to the tips.

Introducing the Z-Tip+, which gives you all of the amazing qualities of the Z-Tip and allows you to color-identify specific brushes for certain applications. By color-coding the tips, you’ll save time, reduce brush selection errors, and gain efficiencies in device cleaning.

Compare the Z-Tip to traditional brush tips

 

Z-Tip v. Insert Molded Tips

Before the Z-Tip, a popular protective brush tip was the Insert Molded Tip. Insert Molded Tips are made by placing the end of a twisted wire brush into an injection mold. Problems with injection molded brush tips include:

  • Detachment: The tip can fall off the twisted wire brush, causing scratching, poking and scarring.
  • Protrusion: The core wire might protrude through the plastic surface which can cause scratching, poking and scarring.
  • Orientation: The tip orientation can be inconsistent.
  • Expense: The manufacturing process is expensive, requiring costly molds and prolonged development time.

The Z-Tip fixes these flaws, because:

  • The Z-tip cannot become separated from the brush, because the tip is formed from the wire itself.
  • The brush and tip is one metallurgic unit.
  • It is impossible for the wire to protrude through the tip, because the wire is melted and reformed into the tip.
  • Our fully automated inline manufacturing process ensures that the tip is of the same size and orientation every time.
  • The Z-Tip is manufactured inline with the twisted wire brush in an automated process which keeps the cost down.
  • It has a smooth, mirror-like surface.
  • Because the brush and tip are one unit, the Z-Tip twisted wire brush is stronger. The bristles will not dislodge under force.
  • Since the core wire and Z-Tip are the same material, there are no biocompatibility issues.
  • The Z-Tip reduces internal inspection time and costs due to its quality and consistency.
  • Because it cannot scar, the Z-Tip enhances endoscope sterility by not allowing grooves that trap contaminants.

Z-Tip v. Light Cured Acrylic Tips

Light Cured Acrylic Tips are another traditional type of protective brush tip. They are made by dipping the end of a twisted wire brush into plastic or acrylic and using ultraviolet light to cure the substance into a tip.

Defects can include:

  • Protrusion: The core wire can protrude through the acrylic surface which may cause scratching, poking and scarring.
  • Rough surface: The surface texture might be rough.
  • Inconsistency: Tip dimensions can be inconsistent.
  • Petroleum-based: The manufacturing process involves hazardous fumes, extended curing times and is petroleum-based.

The Z-Tip corrects these defects, because:

  • The Z-Tip surface is smoother, stronger and safer than the acrylic surface.
  • The Z-Tip is formed by actually melting the end of the twisted wire and reforming it into the tip which makes core wire protrusion impossible.
  • With our automated inline manufacturing process, dimensions are the same every time.
  • No petroleum is used in making the Z-Tip other than powering the equipment.

Z-Tip v. Hand Crimped Tips

An old but still popular type of protective brush tip is the Hand Crimped Tip. These are made by pressing small metal caps onto twisted wire brushes by hand. Weaknesses include:

  • Detachment: The tip can fall off the twisted wire brush and cause scratching, poking and scarring.
  • Orientation: Due to the manual process, the placement of the tip on the twisted wire brush may be inconsistent.
  • Expense: This is a manual and expensive manufacturing process.

The Z-Tip offers these answers:

  • It is impossible for the Z-Tip to become separated from the brush because the brush and tip are one metallurgic unit.
  • It is not possible for the core wire to protrude through the tip.
  • Z-Tip twisted wire brushes are lower cost because they are manufactured in an efficient, fully automated process.

Z-Tip v. Fan Tipped Brushes

The Fan Tipped Brush is one of the original attempts at creating protective brush tips, and it is still used today. This is a brush where the bristles are “fanned” to provide aimal level of protection. These brushes have several serious problems…

  • Inadequate Protection: The fanned bristles are simply not adequate protection from scratching, poking and scarring.
  • Wire Exposure: The core wire can easily become exposed.
  • Limitations: Fan tips cannot be made in all diameters commonly needed for medical twisted wire brush applications.

The Z-Tip solves these problems, because:

  • The Z-Tip is manufactured using high energy fusion welding technologies to melt the end of the twisted wire brush into a consistent, smooth and inseparable protective tip.
  • The mirror-like surface will not scratch or scar.
  • The Z-Tip is available for all commonly used twisted wire medical brush applications.

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