The CENTERWAVE 6000 explained
With its 360-degree dimensional measurement of plastic pipes, the CENTERWAVE 6000 has long been an industrial standard. But how exactly does the system work and what are its advantages?
The measuring system based on radar technology is equipped with a continuously rotating transceiver. The evaluation of the time and amplitude of the radar signal enables the exact determination of all dimensions of the pipe including the wall thickness.
The rotation of the transceiver adapts to the line speed, resulting in a very dense, overlapping helix structure covering 100 % of the pipe circumference. This ensures continuous measurement of the wall thickness in 360° and determines the minimum wall thickness to the nearest degree – suitable for pipe diameters from 32 to 3,200 mm (1.3 to 126.0”).
“One-button operation” – once switched on, the operator immediately receives precise measuring values. Start-up scrap and unnecessary material consumption can thus be avoided.
The measuring system features permanent automatic centering, which continuously centers the measuring head to the tube, ensuring accurate measurement results.
Immediately after the first vacuum tank, a dynamic shrinkage prediction can be made. The CENTERWAVE 6000 precisely determines all expected final pipe dimensions expected at the end of the extrusion line. It acts as a virtual gauge head, showing not only what the pipe will be like at the hot position, but also how it will have cooled down.
The supplied ECOCONTROL 6000 display and control system with trend, statistics and logging function provides comprehensive documentation of all measurement information. The measuring data obtained enables automatic control of the minimum wall thickness (Smin), taking into account the standard deviation of the extrusion line. This allows potential savings to be exploited to the maximum. Optimum material utilization and sustainable production are guaranteed.
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