At Interwire, from May 13 to 16, 2019, SIKORA is presenting a broad portfolio of innovative measuring, control, inspection, sorting and analysis technologies. They contribute to highest product quality, process optimization and cost saving in the wire and cable, optical fiber and plastics industries.

The newly launched X-RAY 8000 ADVANCED will be a highlight at the SIKORA 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.

The X-RAY 8000 ADVANCED for a faster measurement of the diameter, wall thickness, ovality, and concentricity of MV, HV and EHV cables in CV lines
Other highlights are devices of the LASER Series 2000 and LASER PRO 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 visualization of measuring values as a scatter plot showing 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 0.1 to 10 mm.

The CENTERVIEW 8000 measures the diameter, ovality and eccentricity of coax cables, LAN cables as well as automotive and installation cables
By means of a drawing tower model, SIKORA introduces live its broad portfolio of measuring systems for quality control of optical fibers at different positions. There will be systems presented for the measurement of the diameter and the position of the naked and coated fiber as well as for the determination of the tension and detection of airlines. Furthermore, gauge heads are displayed for the measurement of the fiber temperature at the hot position of the drawing process, to determine the fiber 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 fiber is exhibited.

A further attraction at 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 analyzes e.g. metallic contamination both on the surface and inside of colored, diffuse and transparent plastic material.