NASHUA, N.H., Jun 17, 2014 – Ablating layers or coatings in a medical device or diagnostic product requires the utmost precision, reliability and consistency. Resonetics offers a highly advanced – and now patented – laser technology that can be tuned to selectively remove one layer without affecting the underlying layer.
The U.S. Patent Office recently issued a Notice of Allowance for Resonetics’ new patent for "Precision Laser Ablation." The patent addresses a frequent challenge in micromachining: selectively removing one or more layers of a multilayer structure by laser ablation. The patent covers a method of continuous remote monitoring of the ablation plasma plume to automatically discriminate one layer from another, and stop ablation before damaging the underlying layer. This method can be applied to laser machining by step-and-repeat, beam or target scanning, as well as stripping or skiving of wires and catheters.
"There is tremendous pressure in the life sciences industry to improve product performances while simultaneously driving down costs," remarked Tom Burns, Resonetics CEO. "This invention improves the manufacturing yields of medical devices and diagnostic products, as our closed loop technology compensates for geometric and coating variations of wires, catheters and wafer substrates while still guaranteeing tight tolerances on the order of a single micron. As is true of the other five patents issued to Resonetics, we strive to identify innovative solutions that will enable our customers to increase reliability, lower the cost of their innovative new products, and deliver improved healthcare globally."
About Resonetics Resonetics provides laser micromachining contract manufacturing services for medical device and diagnostic manufacturing and other applications requiring precision laser processing. It offers the world’s largest capacity for laser micromachining polymers in ultra-violet wavelengths, and its expertise with polymers up to 1mm thick and with features as small as one micron is unmatched. The company also designs, builds and services purpose-built laser workstations to meet specific customer needs. With more than 25 years of experience building systems and a dedicated development lab staffed with PhDs, optical scientists and automation experts, the company delivers solutions for the most demanding polymer micromachining challenges.
For further information contact:
Mr. Tom Burns, CEO
44 Simon Street
Nashua, NH 03060