The Odyssey-2 is a Laser Wire Stripper for stripping catheter wiring and other small enamel coated wires such as those used for high performance coils. Wires or coils are pre-loaded onto a small fixture plate which can accommodate 50 x 50 mm (2″ x 2″) of stripping. The system, equipped with dual galvanometer scanners automatically processes the wires from two sides to give a precise 360 degree strip. The compact system can be used next to a bench to allow the loading of the fixtures and the use of the machine from an ergonomic sitting position. 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 and high performance magnet wire coils. .
The Odyssey-2 system is capable of stripping almost all magnet wire insulations. Unlike the Odyssey-1 - only simple stripping patterns can be used. It is not possible to selectively strip one wire out of a ribbon cable with this model.
In addition, the same laser source can be used to cut the individual wires enabling precision connectorization - with the highest accuracy strip lengths
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.
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 50 x 50 mm (2" x 2") stripped at once|
|Dimensions (L x W x H)||800 x 500 x 1120 mm (32 x 20 x 45")|
The Laser Wire Solutions Odyssey-2 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-2 begins the stripping process when the Operator starts the process via the touchscreen or by a supplied footswitch.
The wires/cables are held in position via a precision fixture plate. The fixture locates with high accuracy onto the machine mechanism. Multiple wires can be stripped as part of one operation.