ROCHESTER, N.Y., Oct. 24, 2011 — Lumetrics Inc. has begun shipment of its LumetriScan fully automated noncontact thickness measurement system for the medical industry. The LumetriScan 360 can be used on medical tubing up to 36 in. in length, and on balloons of almost any size. The system is intended to reduce inspection and scrap costs, improve yields and satisfy stringent FDA requirements for new and existing products. Data obtained from the system ensures higher-quality and more consistent products and improves safety and customer satisfaction, according to the company. The system allows a product to be rotated 360° and scans the length of an item, mapping the thickness of the entire body. The technique can be used to take a series of measurements along the length of a medical balloon and to do it at multiple pressures. This information is critical for the design of a newly developed balloon and is equally important to the ongoing production process. The company says that the OptiGauge-based measurement system is being used by six of the top 11 medical device manufacturers in the world for measurement of balloons, catheters and films and also is used in ophthalmology applications.