Mercury-1

General purpose laser insulation stripper

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Overview

The Mercury-1 is Laser Wire Solutions' entry level wire stripper. As with our other systems the unit is simple to use, requires almost no maintenance and is flexible enough for all your laser stripping needs.

  • Industrial, sealed maintenance free laser technology 
  • Dual laser focus nozzles for stripping the wires from above and below sequentially to create a 360 degree strip around the wire
  • Strip length set via a mechanical back-stop. Position adjusted by Operator using digital read-out to set strip length
  • Single axis motion (X only) to provide cross cuts on wire and cables
  • Runs from a standard 115 / 230 V electrical supply with no compressed air requirement

Application Range

Strip Types

The Mercury-1 single axis optics allows only cross cutting of the insulation. For slitting or windows - see the other models:

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Cross cut: laser separates the slug of insulation - Operator pulls off as a second operation

Materials

All the Mercury systems are capable of stripping polymer insulations. All polymer insulations can be cut with the laser. The amount of melt, vaporization or chemical decomposition depends on the exact polymers used. Below is a non-exhaustive list of materials that can be stripped:

  • Fluoropolymers such as PTFE, ETFE, PFA
  • Polyethylene
  • Nylons
  • Silicone
  • PVC
  • Rubber

 

  • Mylar
  • Fiberglass
  • Polyurethane
  • Polyester
  • Polyethylene
 
 

Technical Data

Min. Outer Cable Diameter

0.025 mm (0.001")
Max. Outer Cable Diameter 5 mm (0.2")
Stripping Length Increments 0.1 mm (0.01")
Strip types Cross cuts only
Max. Stripping Length 75 mm (3")
Speed Up to 100 mm/s (4"/s) 
Cable Loading One at a time by hand
Dimensions (L x W x H) 500 x 730 x 450 mm (20 x 29 x 17")

More Info

The Laser Wire Solutions Mercury-1 strips wires and shielded cable ranging in size from 0.025 – 5 mm OD (0.001" – 0.2"). The laser is strongly absorbed by the wire/cable insulation causing it to melt or vaporize. By stripping from above and below automatically, a slug of insulation can be separated from the main wire/cable insulation. The slug can be left on to keep the wire strands together, only being pulled off by the Operator immediately before termination. The laser light fully reflects from the wire conductor ensuring there can never be nicked or scraped. In the case of shielded cables, the laser can be used to cut off the jacket, the laser light reflecting from the shield or aluminized foil. The shield needs to be reasonably complete (>80% coverage) in order to protect the inner wire insulation. 

The main applications are difficult to process insulations and wires where a mechanical blade could cause damage. Examples include removing the jackets and dielectrics from high performance microwave cables, cutting the aluminized mylar foils of twin-ax cables etc. Unlike the Mercury-2, the Mercury-1 can only cut across the wires meaning for long slugs, they may be difficult to pull off. 

Using the color touchscreen, the operator selects the desired stripping settings (laser power, strip type and strip positions)  from the preprogrammed library and all parameters are automatically set.  This unique software system avoids the need to program each laser move individually, with even complex jobs (ten cables with window strips) being programmed via a handful of parameters.

Mercury-2 begins the stripping process when the Operator starts the process via the touchscreen or via the optional footswitch.

The wires/cables are held in position under a laser safety cover by the Operator. One or two wires can be stripped as part of one operation (75 mm / 3" stripping range). The strip length is set via a mechanical end stop which can be adjusted with the aid of a digital micrometer