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Five Axis Optical Solution for Inspection of Medical Implantable Devices Launched

Sensofar has announced the launch of its new inspection platform, Q vix Pivot, which is the outcome of Sensofar’s wide experience in stent inspection and a leap forward in technology for inspecting stents and heart valve frames with non-cylindrical geometries.

The new Q vix Pivot inspection platform is a technological disruption in the automated inspection of flared stents and contoured heart valve frames. It is the result of Sensofar’s close collaboration with key players in the market. A platform capable of evolving at the same pace as the geometries of the new generation of implantable cardiovascular devices.

The new Q vix Pivot features the fifth axis of movement for inspection in a unique configuration. The sensor head of the inspection system pivots around the device to track its expansion profile, in opposition to traditional inspection systems that move the device under a fixed camera. This innovative approach, combined with powerful software, allows the system to automatically obtain a flat representation of the surface of non-cylindrical devices.

Advanced Illumination Control

The light source support ring of Q vix enables hundreds of light combinations that adapt each different application and device to achieve advanced illumination control.

The different light support ring designs available optimize sample loading process for heart valve frames and stents. The illumination rings can support up to seven high-intensity light sources simultaneously, which are easily operated from Q vix software, adapting the illumination setup to any specific application. Standard bright- field illumination setups can be combined with grazing illumination setups, which allows Q vix to detect tiny defects that can be seen ‘shining in the dark’, even at low magnifications.

The powerful SensoINSPECT software provides automatic results of dimensions in the device and has custom defect detection modules available to find any irregularity in the device. The results of the inspection are traceable to the locations in the device, and all the results are automatically exported following 21CFR part11 requirements.

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