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.
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.