SIKORA launches X-RAY 6020 wall-thickness/concentricity system

OCTOBER 5, 2009 -- SIKORA has announced a newly developed wall-thickness, diameter, and concentricity measurement system for non-contact measurements online for tight buffered fiber.

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OCTOBER 5, 2009 -- SIKORA has announced a newly developed wall-thickness, diameter, and concentricity measurement system for non-contact measurements online for tight buffered fiber. Based on the existing X-RAY 2000 series, this new development is suitable for the application of polymer extrusions over the 250-micron optical fiber, SIKORA says. The customer-driven development gives fiber manufacturers a first look at these measurements in this application, according to the company.

The technology of the X-RAY 6020 is based on the same approach as the X-RAY 2000 series. The product is illuminated by two X-ray tubes opposed at 90 degrees to create a dual-axis measurement of the product. The development of new proprietary X-RAY tubes permits the orientation of the X-RAY beam for analysis of small diameters and wall thicknesses previously unattainable.

The measurement duration of 3 ms ensures that product movement or vibration has no effect on the measurement accuracy, the company asserts. SIKORA adds that the most significant feature contributing to the success of the X-RAY systems is the fact that the measurement approach eliminates the requirement for calibration. This approach has resulted in successful, reliable measurements in a variety of wall-thickness applications in the fiber, wire, cable, hose and tube industries, SIKORA concludes.

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