To optimise and control processes for wire and cable

April 2019 — German Sikora will be presenting innovative measuring, control, inspection, sorting and analysis technologies. They contribute to highest product quality, process optimisation and cost saving in the wire and cable, optical fibre and plastics industries.

The newly launched “X-Ray 8000 Advanced” will be a highlight at the booth. With the X-ray based system, Sikora introduces state-of-the-art High-Speed-Technology (HST) that is tailored to the demands of MV, HV and EHV cable production. It represents an advanced alternative to the successful and established X-Ray 8000 NXT. The system is equipped with 16 measuring sensors and measures the diameter, wall thickness and eccentricity of cables in CV lines up to 10 times faster than the X-Ray 8000 NXT, and thus, is predestined for an even more efficient control and information transparency in terms of Industry 4.0.

Other highlights are devices of the “Laser Series 2000” and “Laser Series 6000” that are indispensable components for a diameter measurement on a sophisticated level. The classic and high-end devices are used in extrusion lines or rewinding applications for wire drawing. They stand out by their high precision and continuous functionality without calibration or maintenance times. Up to 5,000 measurements per second per axis, all with extremely high single value precision, allow for optimum line control and provide reliable statistical data. The integrated lump detector function ensures a detection of irregularities on the product surface of transparent and non-transparent materials. In addition to standard interfaces, the device series provides OPC UA. 

With the “Centerview 8000”, Sikora presents a measuring system for non-contact, online 8-point-eccentricity, 4-axis-diameter and 8-point-ovality measurement of coax cables, LAN cables as well as automotive and installation cables to the public. Technical highlights of the Centerview 8000 are the graphic visualisation of measuring values as a scatter plot that shows the distribution of short-term variations as well as the automatic positioning of the gauge head to the cable position for the highest reliability. A further feature is the measurement of micro-coax cables in a diameter range from 0.1mm to 10mm. 

By means of a drawing tower model, Sikora introduces live its broad portfolio of measuring systems for quality control of optical fibres at different positions. There will be systems presented for the measurement of the diameter and the position of the naked and coated fibre as well as for the determination of the tension and detection of airlines. Furthermore, gauge heads are displayed for the measurement of the fibre temperature at the hot position of the drawing process, to determine the fibre temperature for the control of the furnace, and at the cold end, to exactly dose the Helium used for the cooling, and therefore, to save costs. In addition, a gauge head for the determination of the concentricity of the coating as well as for the detection of lumps on the surface of the coated fibre is exhibited. 

A further attraction at the Interwire is the “Purity Scanner” for online inspection and sorting of plastic pellets that are used for the insulation of medium, high and extra-high voltage cables as well as onshore and offshore cables. The unique combination of an X-ray camera with a dual optical camera system is currently the only technology that reliably detects contamination on the surface as well as inside of plastic pellets. Contaminated pellets are sorted out automatically. The system, to be shown for the first time at Interwire, is the Purity Concept X, an offline inspection and analysis system, based on X-ray technology. It detects and analyses e.g. metallic contamination both on the surface and inside of transparent, diffuse and coloured plastic material.

Sikora AG
Interwire 2019, booth 730
Tel.: +49 421 48900-0
www.sikora.net

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