Odyssey-1

High Precision Enamel Wire Stripper

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Overview

The Odssey-1 is a custom Laser Wire Stripper for selectively stripping catheter wiring to produce discrete windows in the ribbon cable. Up to 8 wire ends are held in precision wire holders which are attached to an ergonomic fixture plate. The system sequentially processes all 8 wire ends allowing a few minutes of unattended operation. The super-high stability optical system is capable of micron level repeatability in order to selectively strip windows from sub 40 gage wires. Despite its sophistication, the machine is simple to use, requires almost no maintenance and is flexible enough to tackle a large range of medical wiring.

  • Industrial, sealed maintenance free laser technology 
  • Single super-high stability optical delivery system.
  • Precision fixturing system with linear and rotary stage to allow each wire to be automatically processed from two sides in turn
  • Micron level repeatability allows indvidual wires of a ribbon cable to be stripped without affecting neighboring wires
  • High speed galvanometer scanner beam positioning for the ultimate in programmability and precision
  • Runs from a single phase 115 / 230 V electrical supply with 5 bar compressed air

Application Range

Strip Types

The Odyssey-1 system is capable of selectively stripping individual wires from a ribbon cable

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‚ÄčIn addition, the same laser source can be used to cut the individual wires enabling some precision connectorization - with the highest accuracy strip lengths
 

Materials

All Odyssey systems are capable of stripping polyimide type enamel insulations found on catheter wiring and magnet wires. Note the laser will not strip fluoropolymers such as PTFE or ETFE.

  • Polyurathane Enamel EW / EWF
  • Polyester Enamel PEW
  • Polyester-imide EIW
  • Polyamide-imide 
  • Kapton
  • ML
  • etc.

Technical Data

Min. Outer Cable Diameter

0.025 mm (0.001")
Max. Outer Cable Diameter 0.25 mm (0.2")
Stripping Length Increments 0.1 mm (0.01")
Strip types Area ablation of enamel insulation plus cutting of conductors
Max. Stripping Length 50 mm (2")
Speed Up to 3000 mm/s (120"/s) 
Cable Loading Via fixture plate - up to 8 wires/cables at once
Dimensions (L x W x H) 1325 x 1650 x 1825 mm (53 x 66 x 73")

More Info

The Laser Wire Solutions Odyssey-1 strips enamelled wire and multi-filar ribbon ranging in size from 0.025 – 0.25 mm OD (0.001" – 0.01"). The laser is strongly absorbed by the wire insulation causing it to vaporize with little or no heat affected zone. The laser light mostly reflects from the conductor, with only a slight surface melt evident under an electron microscope. By grossly changing the laser settings it is possible to also cut the wire using the same laser source allowing precision cutting of the wire as well as the stripping. 

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Electron microscope image of a 42 AWG wire laser stripped with Odyssey laser technology

The wires are stripped from two sides to obtain a 360 degree strip. 

The Odyssey provides the perfect solution for the highest quality stripping requirements. The laser is gentle enough to leave the underlying plating intact.

The system is simple to operate. 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.  The stripping pattern can be complex including multiple stripping layers, areas and combination of stripping and cutting via a fully flexible interface. 

The Odyssey-1 begins the stripping process when the Operator starts the process via the touchscreen or by closing the process door.

The wires/cables are held in position via a precision multi-position fixture plate. The fixture locates with micron accuracy onto the machine mechanism via a pneumatic chuck. Up to eight wires/ cables can be stripped as part of one operation with the machine automatically positioning the wires under the laser for each operation. An intelligent vision system is used to verify the wire orientation and to locate the wire edge for the highest repeatability selective stripping.