Beta LaserMike, a leading global provider of precision measurement and control solutions, will be demonstrating its system solution for measuring plastic pipe and tube products at this year’s ChinaPlas (Booth S55, Hall W1) in Shanghai, China from April 23 - 26. This automated inspection solution provides manufacturers with the capability to automatically measure and control all aspects of their dimensional process with the highest degree of precision. Bottom-line benefits to manufacturers include reduced start-up time, improved product quality, decreased material usage, and better 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.
The new dual-axis AccuScan 5000 gauges perform high-speed diameter and ovality measurements at 2400 scans per second per axis and provide the highest single-scan accuracy in the industry. The improvements in the single-scan calibration algorithm ensure each scan is highly accurate and reliable. The high-speed tolerance checking option permits the early and precise detection of lumps and necks to eliminate costly product waste. The STAC (stranded, twisted, armoured, and corrugated) logic software option provides accurate max/min OD or enveloped readings at a higher rate, allowing for faster process control of complex cable constructions. AccuScan gauges effectively measure transparent, translucent, and opaque products up to 80 mm in diameter. All gauges offer highly flexible communications including RS-232, Ethernet/IP, Ethernet TCP/IP, DeviceNet, Profibus, Profinet, CANOpen, Analog, and Digital.
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 (betalasermike.com) 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.