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Control Micro Systems Expands Laser Applications in Medical Sectors

Marking and cutting lasers used in manufacturing endoscopic devices and catheters

Published: Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 15:29

(Control Micro Systems: Orlando, FL) -– Control Micro Systems (CMS) has developed turnkey laser marking and cutting systems for industry-leading clients in the medical sectors.

Manufacturers of endoscopic guidewire devices frequently are required to mark brand and model information as well as measurement scales down the length of their products. They must be permanently marked without additives such as dyes or inks. Ytterbium fiber (1,064nm), frequency-doubled Nd:YVO4 (532 nm) and frequency-tripled Nd:YVO4 (355 nm UV) lasers have excelled in marking both LDPE and HDPE materials. The results are sharp, durable, and represent a cost savings compared to inkjet or pad-printing processes.

A high-power Ytterbium fiber laser has been employed to terminate and seal braided 304 and 316 stainless guide wire that is pulled from a reel and cut to length. The laser not only cuts through the braided steel, but welds the individual strands together to prevent unraveling and creates a semispherical tip on each end.

For latex catheter manufacturers, the eyelets at the catheter ends can be quickly cut with little to no debris or remelt material. The latex in the eye can be ablated using a CO2 (10,640 nm) laser with high-speed galvanometer beam delivery to completely remove all material in under a second. CMS provides the complete laser solution including laser, optics, robots, programmable stages and other automation, and vision systems for part detection and/or process results verification.

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Control Micro Systems

Founded in 1983 as an early innovator in software controls development, Control Micro Systems grew rapidly into being a supplier of complete industrial laser systems.

Control Micro Systems built its reputation on providing industry-leading solutions for laser-based applications. This capability includes automated/robotic part handling along with vision/validation. The comapny has a large global installed base dealing with a wide variety of materials and applications from R&D to high volume manufacturing