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