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Beta LaserMike Highlights Automated Inspection Solutions for Plastic Pipe and Tube Extrusion Processes at K Show

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

High-accuracy, non-contact measurement systems deliver productivity, quality, and cost-saving benefits to plastics and rubber manufacturers

Dayton, OH – September 4, 2013 – – Beta LaserMike, a leading global provider of precision measurement and control solutions, will showcase the latest non-contact measurement solutions for plastics and rubber manufacturing applications at the K Show (Stand E19, Hall 10) in Dusseldorf, Germany from October 16 - 23. Attendees will get a close-up look at Beta LaserMike’s solutions to automatically and precisely measure and control all aspects of their production process.

Plastic pipe and tube manufacturers in a range of markets face a number of challenges to remain competitive and to produce product more cost effectively. For example, medical tube manufacturers must adhere to strict regulations to produce micro tubing with ultra-thin walls to meet life-critical specifications for quality and safety. Other plastic tube makers, such as in the Automotive and other industrial sectors, must hold tight dimensional tolerances to meet exact customer product requirements -- as well as thoroughly document process data to back up quality results and provide traceability.

“Beta LaserMike provides plastic pipe and tube makers with the capability to automatically measure and control all aspects of their dimensional process with the highest degree of precision,” says Richard Snaith, Director of EMEAI Sales for Beta LaserMike. “Our gauging systems enable the easy collection of important product data and provide the necessary feedback for process control. This automated inspection solution delivers a number of bottom-line benefits to manufacturers to reduce start-up time, improve product quality, decrease material usage, and improve data management.”

Beta LaserMike will exhibit its UltraScan system, a powerful and unique ultrasonic gauge that provides non-contact precision measurement of product wall thickness, eccentricity, diameter, and ovality. UltraScan is used across a broad range of industries in a variety of plastic pipe and tube applications. It is capable of measuring products with wall thicknesses down to 25 μm (0.001 in.) on tubes as small as 250 μm (0.010 in.) and larger products with diameters up to 660 mm (26.0 in.). For example, this on-line gauge provides high-precision measurements for medical tube, automotive tube, heat-shrink tube, and other industrial tube applications. It uses multiple transducers to continuously monitor tube wall dimensions. The 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.

Beta LaserMike will also exhibit the latest AccuScan 5000 series of high-speed diameter and ovality gauges. These dual-axis gauges capture measurements at an ultra fast rate of 2400 samples per second per axis and can measure outer diameters (ODs) up to 80 mm (3.15 in.). AccuScan gauges can accurately are reliably measure transparent, translucent, and opaque products. All gauges offer highly flexible communications including Ethernet IP, DeviceNet, Profibus, Profinet, CanOpen, and RS-232. AccuScan gauges are built into a tough IP65 rated housing and provide reliable, long-lasting operation. An optional enhanced ultra-bright display is available to view and configure measurement data.

Also on display is Beta LaserMike’s LaserSpeed® non-contact gauge for measuring the length and speed of products. This measurement solution delivers better than +/-0.02% repeatable accuracy, making it an ideal solution for replacing error-prone, high-maintenance contact tachometers. The latest version of this gauge, the LaserSpeed 9000, detects both forward and reverse directions as well as zero speed (non-moving product).

Integral to the measurement system solution, Beta LaserMike will show how the DataPro process controller 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.

For off-line sample and cut part inspection, Beta LaserMike presents its BenchMike system for Quality Control (QC) and plant floor environments. This bench-top system gives operators a simple and repeatable system for measuring product samples and immediately knowing whether they meet specifications within tolerances of less than 1 micron (0.000040 in.). BenchMike provides fast, accurate, and repeatable dimensional measurements of diameter, multiple ODs, TIR, taper, and part position.