FocalSpec Introduces New Automatic Inline Roughness Measurement System for Wire, Cable and Filament Extrusion Applications in North America

Cumming, GA, September 09, 2016 --( FocalSpec, Inc., a supplier of optical high-precision 3D scanning sensors and solutions, is pleased to announce the formal North American launch of their new non-contact wire, cable and filament surface roughness measurement system, the MicroProfiler MP 900.

The MP 900 is based on FocalSpec's patented Line Confocal Imaging (LCI) technology that enables accurate in-production roughness measurement from a fast moving surface of any type and color. The system scans and analyzes a product's actual surface profile at the rate of 512,000 points per second. The maximum line speed is 150 m/min (500 ft/min) and products with diameter of 1 mm (0.04") to flat can be measured. The minimum reported Ra is 0.2 um (8 uin) and other standard roughness parameters, such as Rz, can also be calculated. Roughness of the product is displayed in real-time and operators are automatically alerted for abnormal process changes enabling instant corrective actions. All roughness results from the entire length of each produced reel are stored in the system's database for quality certification and production reporting purposes.

"Continuous surface roughness measurement allows manufacturers to really optimize their processes for each product and material, and to push the envelope for absolutely maximum line speed and production output," said Juha Saily, Sales Manager for FocalSpec, Inc. "Other benefits include improved product quality, reduced scrap, faster process startups and changeovers, and reduced labor needed in quality control activities."

The launch of the MicroProfiler MP 900 coincides with FocalSpec giving a paper on the subject at the IWCS International Cable & Connectivity Symposium in Providence, RI, October 2 - 5, 2016.
FocalSpec, Inc.
Juha Saily