Needles and cannulas

With almost 50 years of needle manufacturing experience, Unimed can offer a very comprehensive range of non-sterile reusable metal needles. Our needles are precision made to international standards and can be supplied as standard products or custom fabricated to your own specifications.

A needle is normally made of:

A cannula is made from a stainless steel tube with a bevel point or blunt end. For standard products we use AISI 304 type tubing with regular, thin or heavy wall, according to the intended use. Needles can also be made from AISI 316L or other materials on special order.

A Hub usually made from chrome plated brass, which fits Luer Tip or Luer Lock syringes or connections. RECORD fittings are also available. On request the hubs can also be manufactured in stainless steel or other materials.

Click on Bevel Lengths of our Injection Needles for a full list of our standard bevel lengths per needle diameter.

Unimed needles are usually manufactured in metric measurements, but are marked either with mm or gauge sizes, or both, according to our customers’ orders. Click on Conversion Chart for equivalents of metric and gauge/inch sizes.

The international standards ISO 594 for needle hubs and ISO 7864 for bevel configuration are applied in the manufacture of our needles. If you would like to access to our general product specification including hypodermic and medical technique needles, please click here.

For further information on our cleaning and sterilization procedure please click here.

Our standard cannulas can be offered with various type of point and used in very diverse applications. Our products offer point end with very high penetration performance as well as blunt end cannulas. We are manufacturing mainly 4 types of bevels and tip ends in our standard products range:

Blunt end

90 °

Regular bevel point

approx. 14 – 18°

Short bevel point

approx.  18 – 24°

Extra short bevel point

approx.  30 °

As an ISO 9001:2000 / 13485:2003 certified manufacturer, Unimed not only offers a full line of catalogue needle products but also an efficient custom manufacturing service capable of producing needles and tubular components to your specifications.

Our needles are divided in tree main families:

  • Veterinary Needles

    Unimed’s veterinary injection needles are manufactured to the same stringent quality standards as their medical needle range, with sharp lancet type bevel points allowing an easy penetration of the skin.

    As an additional feature, the needles for the larger animals – sizes starting from 1.30 mm (18G) – are manufactured with heavy wall stainless steel tubing, thus ensuring a high degree of sturdiness.

    Our very large range of available sizes covers all injection requirements for small and for large animals, from cats and dogs to fish, poultry, pigs and cattle.

    Available hub types allow the needles to be fitted not only to Luer and Luer Lock syringes but we can also supply needles with Record hub and with Veterinary taper or thread type hubs. All our hubs are of the brightly polished chrome plated type.

    The needles come in convenient dispenser boxes of 12 units (one dozen) which allows them to be taken out easily, one by one.

    Please click on Veterinary needles catalogue for details of available types and sizes of veterinary needles.

    Our full ranges of stainless steel and carbon steel surgical suture needles can be used with any type of suture material and are therefore cost-effective. They include a number of types and sizes that are suitable for veterinary applications Click on Suture needles catalogue for further information.

  • Dental Needles

    Based on half a century of manufacturing experience, Unimed is in a position of providing a comprehensive range of high quality reusable dental needles which includes

    • injection needles for anaesthesia, to be fitted on either Cartridge, Fischer or Luer/Luer Lock type syringes
    • blunt end needles (cannulae), straight or curved, for application of solutions and preparations, and for root treatment.

    Click on Dental needles catalogue for our standard range of dental needles and cannulae. Any other sizes, and special types of dental needles, are available on request. Please note that we can still supply needles for use with RECORD type syringes.

    We also refer to our comprehensive ranges of stainless steel and carbon steel surgical suture needles which include a number of types and sizes that are suitable for dental applications (click on Surgical suture needles catalogue).

  • Medical Needles

    Unimed has devoted its efforts to the production of medical needles for over half a century, keeping its development in step with the constant progress in medicine and the latest advances in technology. Thanks to the precision workmanship put in by specialized workers and the great care taken in the choice of raw materials, the firm enjoys the confidence of the medical profession throughout the world.

    Our catalogue of standard products contains the most comprehensive range of top quality reusable needles, covering all major medical and surgical applications: 

    • injection and puncture
    • blood sampling and infusion
    • biopsy of various organs (including many types of bone marrow needles)
    • anaesthesia and radiology
    • ophthalmology, E.N.T., etc

    In addition to the types and sizes illustrated in the catalogue, we can manufacture special sizes and modifications to your requirements.

    Unimed also carries a complete range of surgical suture needles in both stainless steel and in nickel-plated carbon steel. (click on Surgical suture needles catalogue)

    In addition, Unimed provides a full range of metal needle/syringe adapters, connectors and stopcocks for medical and laboratory applications. (click on Adapters, connectors and stopcocks catalogue )