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Medical Tube Manufacturers Achieve Highest Measurement
Accuracy with Beta LaserMike Ultrasonic Gauge

Jay Luis
Marketing Manager
Beta LaserMike Inc.
8001 Technology Blvd.
Dayton, OH 45424

UltraScan measurement system enables manufacturers to perform precise, high-speed wall thickness and concentricity measurements, and reduce material give-away

Beta LaserMike, a leading global provider of precision measurement and control solutions, today announced the growing adoption of its UltraScan measurement system by medical tube manufacturers. The UltraScan system is enabling manufacturers of small specialty tubing to achieve the highest possible measurement accuracy and product quality, while reducing start-up time and material give-away.

“Today’s medical tubing manufacturers are producing products with diameters down to the thousands of an inch with walls thinner than human hair for critical applications such as catheters, drug delivery, surgical tubing, and other medical devices,” said Bob Stockholm, Director of Sales, Americas. “And, these micro tubes are significantly more expensive to produce than the standard higher volume tubes. As such, measurement accuracy and quality is of paramount importance. Our UltraScan measurement system enables medical tubing manufacturers to measure small tubes with the highest accuracy and consistency. It continuously monitors tube dimensions and allows you to immediately make process adjustments for any wall variations to avoid scrap and ensure quality results.”

Beta LaserMike’s UltraScan system consists of multiple transducers that convert electrical energy into an ultrasonic pulse that is projected at the product. Echoes are sent back to the transducers from the inner and outer walls of the tube. The transducers then convert this energy and measure the time between the pulses to determine the wall thickness. As tube walls become thinner, the echo responses get closer and overlap and become harder to read. The UltraScan system solves this problem with its unique DSP module, equipped with patented “Snap Technology.” This 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.

The Beta LaserMike UltraScan system also delivers the following benefits:

  • No special transducers, gauges or electronics required for thin wall measurements
  • Extended guiding keeps even the smallest tubes centered
  • Provides up to 8 transducer measurements
  • Capable of 25 μm (0.001 in.) wall thickness on tubes as small as 250 μm (0.010 in.
  • Unique compact design, specifically for thin wall tube
  • Easy to install and use; no maintenance required