The wire 2018 will take place from April 16 to 20, 2018, in Düsseldorf and again, SIKORA will present innovative measuring, control, inspection, sorting, and analysis systems from its extensive product portfolio. On the exhibition booth 9A41, with a space of 200 m² (240 y²) on two levels, visitors can discover the most recent technological innovations for quality control and process optimization for the wire and cable, optical fiber as well as plastics industries.

 

PREHEATER 6000 TC: Temperature controlled conductor preheating for an optimal adhesion of the insulation
PREHEATER 6000 TC (Temperature Controlled) is the intelligent solution for a precise preheating of the conductor to the nominal temperature. A reliable conductor preheating during the production of high-quality cables, especially for automotive and data cables, is essential to guarantee an optimal adhesion of the insulation on the conductor respectively a controlled foaming. Reproducible processes are the result that contributes to an increase of quality and productivity.

WIRE-TEMP 6000: Self-sufficient temperature measurement system
The WIRE-TEMP 6000 measures continuously and precisely the conductor temperature – online and contactless. The measuring device is available for product diameter from 0.32 to 50 mm (0.01 to 2“) and therefore, suitable for quality assurance in high voltage and data cable lines. The measurement of the temperature is independent of the cross section, material, surface structure, and speed. Especially interesting is the thermal image sensor that precisely provides the surface temperature without any calibration, and therefore, reliable values for the control of a conductor preheating.

X-RAY 8000 NXT: X-ray technology measures diameter, wall thickness, and concentricity for the medium and high voltage cable production
A highlight at the SIKORA exhibition booth is the X-RAY 8000 NXT – the worldwide industrial standard for quality assurance of medium, high and extra-high voltage cables in CV lines. It measures the concentricity, wall thickness, diameter, and ovality of up to three layers of XLPE and EPR isolated cables during production. Measuring values for the centering of the injection tools and control are available immediately after the starting of the line. The multi-sensor technology (MST) and two high-speed scanners ensure a reliable online measurement. With each single scan, the MST measures the movement of the cable, compensates vibrations and provides double the number of measurements.


The X-RAY 8000 NXT precisely measures the diameter, wall thickness, ovality, and concentricity of medium, high, and extra-high voltage cables in CV lines
 

X-RAY 6000: Measurement of wall thickness, concentricity, diameter, and ovality in jacketing lines
For continuous quality control during the insulation or jacketing of conductors and cables, the X-ray measuring devices X-RAY 6000 as well as X-RAY 6000 PRO are recommended. Both systems precisely provide reliable measuring values regarding diameter, wall thickness, concentricity as well as ovality for a reproducible product quality. Layer thicknesses of any kind of material are measurable. A maximum of productivity is achieved by the automatic control of line speed and extruder rpm.

LASER Series 2000/6000: Diameter measurement on the highest level
In extrusion lines, the devices of the LASER Series 2000 and LASER Series 6000 are indispensable components for a diameter measurement on the highest level. Furthermore, the classic and high-end devices are used in rewinding lines for the wire drawing. They stand out by their high precision and continuous functionality without calibration or maintenance times. Due to up to 5,000 measurements per second/per axis, the LASER Series 6000 impresses with the highest single value precision for an efficient line control. 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, and therefore, is best equipped for “Industry 4.0”.


The LASER Series 6000 precisely measures the diameter of cables
 

SPARK 6000: Safety for every cable production
SIKORA offers a complete program of direct current (DC), high frequency (HF) and alternating current (AC) spark testers. Already during the extrusion, the insulation of wires and cables is tested with the high voltage testing devices and possible insulation faults are detected and documented in a timely manner. Further application areas are rewinding lines. For the testing, the dry cable running through the bead chain electrode of the spark tester is exposed to the selected test voltage. Therefore, faults in the insulation are reliably detected.

CENTERVIEW 8000: Measurement of concentricity, diameter, and ovality
With the CENTERVIEW 8000, SIKORA presents a measuring system for the non-contact, online 8-point-eccentricity, 4-axes-diameter and 8-point-ovality measurement of coax cables, LAN cables as well as automotive and installation cables to the global public. Technical highlights of the CENTERVIEW 8000 are the graphic visualization 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 highest reliability. A further feature is the measurement of micro-coax cables with a diameter range from 0.1 to 10 mm (0.004 to 0.4”).

FIBER Series 6000: Online quality control of optical fibers in the drawing tower
By means of a drawing tower model, SIKORA presents 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 for the determination of the tension. 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 measurement of the concentricity of the coating as well as for the detection of lumps on the surface of the coated fiber is exhibited.


At wire 2018, SIKORA presents measuring devices for quality control of optical fibers in the drawing tower
 

PURITY SCANNER: Online inspection and sorting of XLPE and semiconductor pellets
A further highlight at the wire 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 an 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 automatically sorted out.

PURITY CONCEPT Systems: Offline inspection and analysis of pellets, flakes, and films/tapes
SIKORA engineers developed the PURITY CONCEPT Systems for small material throughputs and applications where sample testing or an incoming goods inspection is sufficient. These analysis devices are alternatively equipped with X-ray technology or optical cameras and detect contamination in pellets, flakes, and tapes. For example, the PURITY CONCEPT Systems are used to analyze pellets that have been detected and sorted out by the PURITY SCANNER. Another typical application is the testing of tapes that are used when manufacturing factory joints. The interplay of online and offline inspection and analysis provides an absolute control of the material purity as well as the development of a database to further improve processes and avoid future contamination.

Further devices at the SIKORA exhibition booth

  • LUMP 2000: Measuring technology for the detection of lumps and neckdowns in two or three measuring planes with double sensor technology
  • ULTRATEMP 6000: Non-contact temperature measurement of the polyethylene melt
  • CAPACITANCE 2000: Innovative capacitance measurement with multi-zones technology as well as integrated FFT and SRL analysis
  • Display and control systems: Powerful ECOCONTROL 6000, 1000, and 600 processor systems as well as low-cost display and control devices REMOTE 2000 and DISPLAY 2000

 

Visit us in hall 9 booth A41.