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Sikora: Quality assurance of medical tubes

Sikora: Quality assurance of medical tubes

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Medical tube

The production of medical tubes places considerable demands on manufacturers. Because of the high safety standards, medical tubes are subject to strict approvals as patient safety depends on them. A continuous quality control during the ongoing manufacturing process is essential to ensure reliable, durable and precisely processed tubes.

Besides, the manufacturing process has to be reproducible in order to ensure consistent product quality and to save costs, making production more efficient and economical. SIKORA supplies innovative measuring and control devices for quality control during the extrusion of medical tubes.

Two typical aspects that manufacturers pay particular attention to regarding quality assurance of their products are the dimension and surface of medical tubes. Single or multi-lumen colored tubes, for which an outer diameter and ovality measurement is relevant, are measured with a device of the LASER Series 2000 XY.

Furthermore, the 3-axis 2000 T models, such as the LASER 2010 T, offer the highest precision for transparent medical tubes. As an alternative to the LASER Series 2000, the LASER Series 6000 is available. Due to a significantly higher measuring rate, it additionally detects lumps on the surface of the medical tube.

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X-RAY 6020 PRO 

Single-lumen medical tubes, whose wall thickness has to be controlled during production, are reliably measured by the X-RAY 6020 PRO directly at the manufacturing process. The X-ray measuring system has been specifically designed for smallest medical tubes with a diameter of 0.65 up to 15 mm and a minimum wall thickness of 0.1 mm. The system records continuously measuring data about wall thickness, eccentricity, inner and outer diameter as well as the ovality of medical tubes.

The X-RAY 6020 PRO can be combined with a 3-axis lump detector. The LUMP 2000 T gauge heads detect even smallest irregularities on the product surface after the cooling.

SIKORA measuring devices can be integrated into horizontal as well as vertical  plastics extrusion lines depending on the required application. Due to the precise and continuous measuring values, they guarantee that manufacturers receive an immaculate and save product which specifications are met to 100 %.

Thus, the life-sustaining functions of the medical tube can be ensured, the importance of which cannot be overestimated also against the background of the current situation with the corona virus.

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