Guill Tool & Engineering’s Micro Medical crosshead features a patented single-point concentricity adjustment that could enable greater extrusion automation.
Officials at Guill Tool & Engineering (West Warwick, R.I.) think they could bring medical tubing extruders’ capabilities to new heights through their recently released Micro Medical crosshead.
The Micro Medical crosshead — which Guill touted at MD&M West in February — is an extrusion crosshead with a patented single-point concentricity adjustment. Guill officials described the single-point adjustment as a unique innovation for the extrusion of thin-walled jacketing and precision ID/OD tubing. Unlike previous crosshead designs with four adjustment bolts 90° apart, there is one bolt that controls 360° of adjustment.
The Micro Medical’s design prevents problems with downtime or quality that sometimes occurred with the standard crossheads, which had operators loosening one bolt and tightening an opposing bolt 180° apart, William Conley, sales manager of the extrusion division at Guill, told MassDevice’s sister site Medical Design & Outsourcing at the sh0w.