Laser auxiliary targets precision medical extrusion
By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 15th, 2013
New precision equipment is emerging to meet growing quality control demands for producing tight tolerance micro extruder catheters and other types of tubing made from medical plastics.
A data accessory called "Pinpoint Capture" from Pinpoint Laser Systems (Peabody, Ma) supplements Laser Microgage industrial measuring and laser alignment systems. It is said to allow operators to quickly grab measurement readings from as many as four remote laser receivers to analyze the alignment and performance of extrusion and other industrial equipment.
The Windows-based application interfaces with spreadsheets, statistical analysis packages and other programs, according to Pinpoint Laser systems. Readings can be stored in the handheld display and then uploaded to a PC or laptop or routed directly to the PC or laptop.
It is said to be precise to 0.0001 inch (0.0025 mm) over a working range of 180 feet (55 meters).