Product Watch: Automatic coiling of plastic tubing; 3D digitizing system for QC or reverse engineering


This issue of Product Watch, our look at new machinery and equipment for plastics processors and mold manufacturers, includes coverage of two new products. From Tulsa Power is a new automatic cut and transfer tubing coiler, while Steinbichler Optotechnik is commercial introducing its Comet L3D system for use in quality control and reverse engineering.

First to Tulsa, Oklahoma, home of Tulsa Power, which designs and builds a wide range of material-handling equipment for hose, tube, pipe, wire and cable. The company's new Automatic Cut & Transfer (ACT) series of coilers incorporates a dual spindle turret winder designed for winding material from .032" - .625"diameter inline as part of the extrusion process. The systems are equipped to have the ability to coil or spool as a standard, with coiling heads optionally available.

The fully automatic system means one operator can handle several extrusion lines. The system includes a cut-and-transfer feature that, upon the receipt of a signal from the total length counter, then cuts, clamps, and transfers the product from full reel to empty reel without process interruptions at speeds up to 1000 feet/minute. An ultrasonic dancer locates the position of the product and assures a smooth functioning of tension controlled winding without making contact with the product. This loop control system's low tension means it is possible to use it for winding even very sensitive products....
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