Near infrared (NIR) measurement has gained popularity in several applications in many industries. For example, it’s used to measure the thickness of plastic film and the moisture in food and bulk materials. What’s exciting is that we’ve seen many more of our customers from different industries adapting this technology. And, it’s great hearing our customer’s feedback on how our measurement systems give them the confidence – day in and day out -- to improve their processes and product quality.
Let me tell you an interesting story about how one of our customers in the plastic film industry benefits from our available infrared technologies.
Shaoxing Riyue New Materials in China
Shaoxing Riyue New Materials Co., Ltd. is one of the largest manufacturers of polymer film in China. And, they produce and sell the highest quality products. The company has three advanced Biax film production lines (machines that stretch the film in two directions to increase product strength and clarity). These lines produce approximately 90,000 tons of film. By industry standards, that’s a lot; a lot of constant machine operations and miles of product being produced. NDC’s FilmPro infrared thickness gauge is installed on each line. They can’t produce the high-quality product without them.
A Little Bit About FilmPro
FilmPro is probably one of the most versatile gauges to date. It not only measures film thickness with high accuracy, but it can measure thin, clear films. This is important, because this type of film can reflect light which can interfere with the measurement. Optical interference can make measurements difficult and reduce accuracy. Not good. The good news is that FilmPro includes advanced optics that eliminates this interference. In addition to the accuracy, reliability and performance benefits, this unique feature was a key factor why Shaoxing Riyue uses NDC’s FilmPro.
What Does Shaoxing Riyue Have to Say?
“The stability and accuracy of the thickness measurement by the FilmPro infrared sensor gives us great confidence to fulfill our production targets and make our clients happy. Unlike Beta or X-ray gauges, the maintenance of FilmPro is an easy job and no special radiation licenses or protective guarding or interlocked safety gates are required, which saved huge troubles for us. Also, the opening between the two sensor heads is so large that film will not be in contact with them, which is vital to increase the bottom line of production.” -- Production Manager, Shaoxing Riyue New Materials.
Since the installation, FilmPro has been providing reliable, trustworthy and trouble-free operation. In addition, it has made significant contributions to the company’s operation and quality programs. Bottom line – the savings quickly exceeded their investment in FilmPro.
Let us know if you’re interested in learning more about our FilmPro measurement solution. We’re here to help.