Catheter Hole Forming Machine: 400-Series
Save time and money when catheter hole drilling with CATHTIP’s automated catheter hole punch machines.
Make clean and fast holes with this table top, four axis stepper motor controlled machine.
The 400 Series incorporates flexible controls, intuitive touchscreen HMI, light curtain safety circuits, various sensor capabilities, and tool-free drill bit and fixture change-overs. Auto zeroing of drill bit (no touch off requirement) on drill changes or machine startup.
Cores are evacuated through a CATHTIP Flow Thru™ drill bit and through the machine to a collection filter for clean, debris-free work area. The drill head is equipped to drill holes from ø0.016″ to ø0.086″ with interchangeable drills. Tooling change or drill change to be in 1 minute, or less, by trained operator.
HMI control with touch display keypad is provided. The HMI indicates user-specified alarms, machine status, indexing errors, and cycle interrupts. A copy of the data file and control application will be provided with the machine for engineer convenience.
Catheter Hole Punch Benefits:
• High Precision, Four Axis, Open Loop, Stepper Motor Controlled Motion
• Flow Thru™ Vacuum Equipped
• Core Capture Technology
• Designed for Tool-Free Drill Change & Interchangeable Tooling
• Auto Drill Detection & Homing
• HMI Controlled with Status Alerts & Process Inputs
• Integrated Drill Cycle / Parts Count
• Small Footprint Tabletop Workstation (approx. 18”W x 33”L)
• Full Safety Shields -or- Light Curtains
• Integrated Emergency Stop
Proprietary hole drilling technology gives your production process a boost of speed and accuracy. Quickly punch clean, burr-free holes with our automated catheter hole punch equipment.
Tell us about your project. We develop the process and show you samples for approval. You receive custom machines to suit your catheter manufacturing needs.
Your customers demand quality and our machines deliver. Our continuous advancements have made CATHTIP equipment a staple of catheter hole drilling operations and tops in the medical manufacturing industry.
Five holes can be made in a second
4 axis stepper motor control. Stepper motors, 50,800 steps/rev, matched to the inertia of the driven mechanism makes for steep and controlled acceleration ramps in four axis (drill feed, drill rotation, linear index, rotary index). Multiple catheter hole punch drill heads can be added to increase cutting speed.
Clean, controlled holes
Cutting parameters stored in the program of the machine drive the drill precisely through the wall of the catheter to make a hole that is rounded on the outside and burr free on the inside. Both drills and catheter are held in position with high accuracy to deliver the utmost results.
No loose cores
The cores are immediately evacuated through the drill bit at the moment of creation – therefore isolating them completely as they then travel through the machine and are captured in a filter chamber. This virtually eliminates the chance of loose cores in the catheter or uncut holes, while keeping the work area clear of debris.
To assure cores aren’t remaining in drilling holes we offer an option to verify catheter holes are clear of cores and other debris. This option will catch a poorly set up machine and a dulling drill bit.
Wide range of applications
The machine can accept catheter diameters from 3 French (0.040˝) to 28 French (0.368˝). Hole diameter down to 0.018˝. The linear indexer can be stretched to accommodate hole spacing to 4 feet. The machine can be adapted with multiple drill heads to make two or three different hole diameters in one drill cycle.
Suitable for many lumen configurations
The machine can be tooled for complex lumen configurations. This includes double Dee, concentric tubes, double barrel shotgun, crescent moon, 8 lumen etc. High magnification camera can be added to accurately locate the smallest lumen.
Low Operating Cost
No disposable mandrel
The cost of a disposable inner mandrel is eliminated in our catheter hole punch. The sharp cutting edge of the drill can eliminate the need for an inner support. When the sharp edge is inadequate for difficult materials we use a permanently mounted soft tip mandrel to replace the disposable inner mandrel.
Quick and Easy Set-Up
Fast because parameters stored in memory
All set-up parameters are stored in the memory of the stepper motor controller. As many as seven different set-ups can be stored. The person changing a set up only needs to change the drill bit, zero the drill bit edge against the surface of the catheter, and move a tooling plate to a new position. An experienced technician can do this in a couple of minutes.
CATHTIP 400-Series Technical Details: