Lakeview Equipment has been selling tube expanders for 40 years.
We are by far the number #1 provider of tube expanders to the
medical products industry. On a regular basis, medical product
manufacturers consult Lakeview's engineering experts with their
specific challenges to expand their tubing over fittings.
Lakeview's complete line of clean room compatible expanders
solves that problem.
How Our Tube Expanders Improve Clean Rooms
Tube expanders allow hassle-free fitting
installation. This type of clean room device helps operators
avoid fatigue and prevent injuries associated with expanding
flexible tubing and the insertion of fittings into tubing. Lakeview's
tube expanders are designed to be durable, user-friendly, and
easy to maintain. They are validated for clean room
Expanding operations are easier with
Types Of Tube Expanders Available
Lakeview Equipment supplies both plastic
tube expanders and vinyl tube expanders. Uniquely, we also
provide custom expanding devices that expand tubing material,
and we can have equipment made to your exact specifications as needed.
Careful engineering and manufacturing goes
into each product that we supply. Our devices will expand latex,
silicone, vinyl and most plastic and rubber tubing of various
thicknesses so that fittings can be inserted properly, however
our products will not split or overstretch tubing material. Read
about our individual products below or
Expands Latex, Silicone and Rubber Tubing
Model 1600-1 Tube Expander
especially suited to silicone and latex, or tubing with a durometer under 50. Adjustable jaw expansion. Unit is supplied with a non-marring base, foot pedal with regulator and gauge and hand switch.
Helps Save Employees Fingers
Model 875AC Tube Expander is our most popular expander. It is used on hundreds of installations around the world providing dependable, long-cycle operation and maximum efficiency. It's patented cam/jaw design eliminates over-stretched or split tubing.
Insert Fitting While Tube Is On Expander
Model 875BC Tube Expander uses 90 degree jaws to allow the insertion of a fitting while the tube is expanded. It has the same patented cam/jaw design as our Model 875AC. Teflon-coated jaws allow the tube and fitting to easily slide off the unit as an assembly.
The Lakeview Difference: Consistency. Reliability. And
Interchangeable Straight or 90 degree Jaws
Model 595AC is another popular tubing expander
tool. When you want a tubing spreader or stretcher that features infinite, easily changed jaw expansion, this is the one for you.
Extra Power For Tough Applications
Model 995HD Tube Expander is a rugged, heavy duty expander especially suited to large-diameter tubing or tubing with heavy wall thickness or tough durometer rating. It's simplified construction provides for long life and minimum maintenance.
Same as our 995HD Tube Expander, with optional double jaws for different
tube expansion jobs.
We are the only company with four decades
of experience and the ability to customize solutions at the level that
we do. As a result, we have earned the trust of companies ranging from
Fortune 500 brands to medical start-ups.
How to Order
1. You call us at 847-674-2300
and we discuss your needs/your challenges
2. You send a
sample of your tubing and fittings to us
3. Using your
tubing/fittings we then put together a short video showing you
how our tube expanding machine will improve your process
We send the video to you and review it with you
5. Then, in
good conscience we have proven the machine works and that it
will work upon delivery for you
6. You place your order
What are the features of Lakeview's Tube
Below are the top features of our tube expanders:
Often are used in cleanroom environments
Expand latex, silicone, vinyl, polyurethane,
Teflon, and most plastic and rubber tubing
Adjustable jaw expansion with interchangeable
jaws made to customer's specifications
Pneumatic operation for dependable, long-cycle
operation and maximum efficiency
Durable, rugged and heavy-duty expanders
User-friendly, and easy to maintain
Helps avoid fatigue and prevent injuries
What types of Tube Expander are available?
Lakeview has a diverse lineup of custom tube
expanders. All expanders can solve your problem and can be used on a
range of tubing types and materials. We also provide custom tubing
expanders to meet exact specifications.
Q: What do tube expanding machines do?
A: Our tube
expanding machines can stretch and expand soft and hard plastics as well
as rubber tubing material. They help
you by actually expanding non-metal tubing so that Tube "A" can fit over
fitting "B". The inside of the tube is actually stretched so that it
approximates twice its original diameter. The size of the tube itself
actually increases so that a fitting can be inserted properly.
Are Lakeview tube expanders adjustable?
A: Yes. Our expanders are
adjustable. Jaw expansion is adjustable on many available models. If
there is a need that requires custom manufacturing, we can provide a
solution for you as well.Q: What thicknesses of tubing are your
tube expander models able to work on?
A: Our equipment is robust and
it is specifically engineered to expand both thinner and thicker tubing.
Our tube expanders can process many types of medical and flexible tubing
which include latex, nylon, vinyl, silicone, tygon, rubber,
polyethylene, polypropylene, polystyrene, flexible polyurethane, hosing
Q: Can tubing 'split' during operation?
tube expanding equipment has been engineered to not split or overstretch
tubing, when used properly.
Q: Which tube expander do you
recommend for expanding a tube with heavy wall thickness?
A: We custom make heated tube expanders when the
circumstances require it. Getting the tube over 265 degrees Fahrenheit
softens the tubing and allows the tube to be expanded easily. For most
customers, we recommend our
995HD Tube Expanders. This type of expander is heavy duty and can
expand large diameter tubing or tubing with heavy wall thickness or
tough durometer ratings without application of heat.
Q: Which of your tube expanders are ideal for
A: When you call, we will help you determine the
exact tubing expander machine that will satisfy your needs and if
required, we will engineer and build one for you.
Q: How do you calculate tube expansion
A: Tube expansion percentage is calculated as the
amount of diameter expansion applied by the machine divided by the
original diameter of the tube, much like any growth formula or
percentage change formula.
Q: Who are your customers typically?
serve companies of all sizes in the medical products industry whose
operations require medical tube expansion, namely
the biomedical marketplace. Our products are used across the United
States and Internationally in sterile environments like Clean Rooms.
Q: What inefficient manufacturing process does Lakeview Tube
A: At this moment if you are in the
medical industry or a manufacturer that has been trying to expand
medical tubing manually but struggling to find an efficient way to get
tubing over a fitting, then Lakeview's tube expander machines help you
automate this process & improve productivity.
Q: How quickly can I order a Tube Expander?
A: We process orders
very efficiently and on a timeline that works for our Customer base.
Most items are in stock and ready to ship. Custom orders can normally be
made in between 2-4 weeks. You will always be provided a clear shipping
timeline upfront on all orders.Q: How can I implement
your tube expanders into our facility?
A: Our skilled
engineers have provided numerous solutions to the custom requests of an
ever-changing marketplace. We encourage you to take advantage of our
free evaluation process. Please send us your tubing and fitting
combinations and allow our experienced staff to solve your assembly
needs. We will provide our professional recommendations in the shortest
of turnaround times.Q: What type of liquids can be
processed through your tube expanders?
A: Most commonly, our
tube expanders are used for expanding tubings used to pass liquids like
saline, blood or urine through them.Q: Are your tube
expanders validated for cleanrooms?
A: Yes! Validation has
several phases, which starts with design qualification, and ends with
final certification. All of our tube expanders have undergone extensive
testing and passed all required certifications for cleanroom validation.
Q: What type of tubing can I expand with your tube
A: Our tube expanders are especially suited to
expand rubber, vinyl, polyurethane and silicone or latex tubing.
Q: How can your tube expanders make my employees more
A: Our tube expanders provide a system which
eases the stress on the muscles and fingers of the operator, thus
increasing productivity. Lakeview works closely with our clients to
develop a safe and efficient custom solution helping them decrease the
incidence of Workman's Compensation claims.Q: How does
your tube expander machine work?
A: While different models
of our expanders work slightly different, most work by placing the tube
on jaws and then step on the foot pedal. The jaws will then separate and
spread the tubing. Release the foot pedal for the jaws to close. Remove
the tube from the jaws and immediately insert the fitting into the tube.
Q: We are not sure what type of tube expander we need; can
A: Our skilled engineers can help you efficiently
solve the challenges pertaining to tube expanding, tube cutting, the
insertion of fittings and specializing in the demands of a cleanroom
environment. We encourage you to take advantage of our free evaluation
process and allow our experienced staff to solve your assembly needs,
and will provide you with a professional recommendation. Call us at
to discuss your needs.
Q: Do you provide tube expanders for other industries?
A: While our clients are primarily from the medical sector, over the
years we have branched out into other industries besides medical
devices. Please inquire with your specific needs, and we will see how we
can help you. Call us at 847-674-2300
Contact Us Today
If you have questions, call us
at 847-674-2300 or email us at
We will be happy to assist you.