Product Family: Electric
Product Used: Electric Screw Actuator
Product Type: Custom and Modified
Stroke: 30 inches vertical; 2 inches horizontal
Load: 10 lbs vertical; 1.5 lbs horizontal
Catheter coating surface testing machine used in industrial medical production.
This customer had been using an in-house designed actuator on a machine used to test the coating consistency of catheters. The actuator was becoming too costly and an alternative solution was needed. The application required a vertical motion to pull the catheter from the coating solution and a horizontal motion which controlled a clamp to "pinch" the catheter surface to create drag.
Tolomatic designed two screw actuators, one custom and one modified. The vertical axis custom actuator was designed with two carriers. One driven carrier contained a load cell and a stationary carrier that the X-axis modified actuator was mounted to. The actuators were encased in a powder-coated sheet metal to aesthetically hide the system cabling. The horizontal actuator was designed with a dual direction screw controlling the clamping device which precisely held the catheter in place. This configuration allowed the two axes of motion to be mounted directly to the catheter-carrying magazine per the defined application specifications.
- Reduced component costs
- Reduced installation time
- Eliminated design and assembly time
- Accurate, consistent and precise measuring process