Automatically loads markerbands onto catheter

Break-through productivity

Verifies proper placement of markerbands

Model PX2 Marker Band Loader, Positioner, and Precrimper

Each markerband module is customized for your exact band dimensions. It is crafted to the highest level of precision that Blockwise is well known for. The module is easily and accurately docked into the base without tools.

Loading markerbands is easy. Simply dump your bands into the hopper and the machine will automatically separate, align, and place the bands on the catheter.

The PX2 uses a specially-designed infrared micrometer to locate the tip of the catheter and to verify that the bands are accurately placed.

A touchscreen HMI (human-machine interface) allows the user to enter settings in “recipes” that specify parameters of the positioning process.  Calibration and recipe editing modes may be password protected.

The optional tray loader automates the process of loading the products into the product feeder by using pre-loaded trays. Trays can be filled with products and loaded into the positioner without stopping. For maximum productivity, couple a PX2 and a SGA swager, both with a tray loader option. After processing on the PX2, the tray can be directly moved to the SGA for swaging.

Refined and integrated electrical and pneumatic design gives high-performance and high-reliability at a lower cost, all while being simple to troubleshoot and maintain.

The PX2’s breakthrough band-loading and positioning technology will let you optimize your catheter production in ways not previously possible.

Calibration of the machine is quick and easy. Calibration of the infrared micrometer and the positioning rollers is performed by loading Blockwise supplied calibration mandrels in the machine and starting an automated process. Checking or calibration of pressure or temperature requires customer-supplied reference instruments.

The PX2 is designed with indefinite longevity and reliability in mind. The machine requires virtually no maintenance. Simple cleanings and wipe downs with IPA are all that are required on a regular basis. The drive belt and rollers can be easily replaced as needed.

Required Installation Connections – Model PX2
Description Physical Specs Functional Specs
Electric Power Powers the control system, HMI, etc. C13 Coupler (IEC 60320) 100-240 VAC 8A 50-60Hz
Compressed Air Powers the valves on the machine, etc.
(see Knowledge Base: Compressed Air &
High Pressure Gas Connections
Instant Tube Fitting Accepts ¼-inch OD Plastic Tube 6.9 to 8.3 bar (100 to 120 psi)

Model PX2

Recipe-driven markerband loader and positioner that requires that the user simply place a product on the holder and press the start button. Bands are automatically loaded from a hopper and crimped in the proper position.

Typical Cycle Time – 2 bands: 15 to 20 s
Standard Deviation Band-to-Band Distance: .0025″ (.064mm)
Allowable Number of Bands: 25
Band Diameter Range: .020″ to .120″ (.5 – 3.05  mm)
Crimper Die Material 420 ESR

Model PX2 with Trayloader

The Trayloader enables the machine to be run continuously with nearly zero idle time. Combine this with an SGA swager with Trayloader for maximum productivity. Both machines use the same trays and after the PX2 has finished processing the products, the tray can be directly transferred to the SGA for swaging.