Automated test-strip cutter

The AZCO Corp. (Fairfield, N.J.) Test Strip Cutter allows layed-up diagnostic test sheets to be cut into individual strips.

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The AZCO Corp. (Fairfield, N.J.) Test Strip Cutter allows layed-up diagnostic test sheets to be cut into individual strips. When the diagnostic test sheet is put into the unit, it is automatically cut to size, thus reducing waste and tooling cost and shortening delivery time. The pictured cutter operates at a high cycle rate and consists of two cutting stations that have rotary shear blades driven by digital motors. The first station cuts the diagnostic sheet into 10 individual cards. The second station cuts the cards into 50 strips, each 6 mm (~0.25 inch) in size. But the company emphasizes that machines can be custom built to cut, at high speed, composite test samples of any desired size. The cut strips are then fed onto an out-feed tray. The shear cut blades provide clean cuts and long life. An optic-eye registration sensor allows for 0.006-inch/0.15-mm accuracy at a rate of 1,000 strips per minute. A color touch screen makes it easy for the operator to use. On each screen there is a help button, which acts as a user manual for the operator. Every function can be controlled through the touch screen. There are two levels of operation: one for basic operation and another (password protected) for supervisors. In addition, remote support is available anywhere in the world; software upgrades or other changes can be done remotely.