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K 2016: NDC Showcases the Latest Beta LaserMike Measurement System Solution for Plastic Pipe and Tube to Improve Quality, Reduce Manufacturing Costs

Jay Luis
Marketing Manager
NDC Technologies
8001 Technology Blvd.
Dayton, OH 45424

Dayton, OH – September 12, 2016 –NDC Technologies, a leading global provider of precision measurement and control solutions, will be exhibiting its latest integrated gauging system for the in-process measurement and off-line sample/part inspection of plastic pipe and tube at K 2016 (Hall 10 / Stand H42). The Beta LaserMike system solution integrates laser diameter, ultrasonic wall thickness, fault detection, and laser length and speed measurement technologies to automatically monitor and control all dimensional aspects of pipe and tube products during production. This enables manufacturers to realize a number of performance and production benefits such as higher product quality, increased productivity, process optimization, and significant production savings.

NDC will be displaying the latest additions to the Beta LaserMike AccuScan diameter and ovality gauge family: the new AccuScan 6000 Series four-axis gauges. The AccuScan 6000 Series includes the AccuScan 6012 for measuring products up to 12 mm and the AccuScan 6050 for measuring products up to 50 mm. Both gauges provide the highest ovality accuracy (up to 100%) and the highest flaw detection accuracy with 25% improvement over three-axis measurement methods. This is accomplished through ultra-fast diameter and ovality measurements at 9600 scans per second coupled with the highest single-scan accuracy in the industry with single-scan repeatability down to 1 micron for the AccuScan 6012 and down to 2 micron for the AccuScan 6050.

NDC will also be displaying its UltraScan ultrasonic gauge that provides non-contact precision measurement of product wall thickness and concentricity. UltraScan’s patented “Snap Technology” automatically sets up the waveforms of all transducers, tracks tolerances to catch wall variations, and provides higher accuracy of average wall and concentricity measurements with assured repeatability. This gives plastic pipe and tube manufacturers the ability to immediately make process adjustments to avoid scrap and ensure quality results. The latest three-axis LN3015/LN3040 lump and neckdown detectors quickly and reliably spot product flaws before they become costly production problems. Fast-sensing, processing technology instantly detects sudden changes in the product diameter (up to 15 mm and 40 mm) to effectively catch the smallest of flaws.

Also on display is the Beta LaserMike LaserSpeed® non-contact gauge for measuring the length and speed of products. LaserSpeed delivers better than ±0.03% accuracy and ±0.02% repeatability, making it an ideal solution for replacing error-prone, high-maintenance contact encoders. For off-line sample and cut-part inspection, NDC will be showing the latest version of its BenchMike measurement system now with a larger high-resolution display. With over 15,000 gauges installed worldwide, BenchMike is the industry’s leading bench-top dimensional measurement system. It provides fast, accurate dimensional measurement of inner diameter, outer diameter, and wall thickness.

Integral to the measurement system solution, NDC will show how its Beta LaserMike process control and data management system ties all the gauges together to continuously monitor product dimensions and automatically control the line to keep production processes and product quality under control. NDC will introduce its next-generation process visualization and control system – InControl™. This new process controller brings an advanced level of graphical user interface, functionality and ease of use to operators for increased productivity. It offers closed-loop control, scanning flaw detection, product defect marking, statistical process control, data collection and reporting, flexible interface, and a number of other valuable features.