Optical measurement speeds balloon implant production


A new gauge illustrates the increasing precision of medical processing in the United States.

Direct Flow Medical (Santa Rosa, CA) is now using an OptiGauge to design and perfect advanced catheter and balloon products for a minimally invasive implant used to treat patients with heart valve disease.

The OptiGauge provides non-contact measurements at up to 200 samples per second and can measure objects as thin as 12 microns or as thick as 50 mm. The OptiGauge uses advanced optical components to ensure operation without continuous calibration. It can be integrated into a production facility's process control system.