ASTON, Pa. — August 2016 — New from Amacoil/Uhing is the Precision Winding Drive System. This is a Model RG rolling ring traverse drive integrated with a motion controller for precision winding and spooling processes. The Precision Winding Drive is fully programmable and stores up to twenty winding programs which are easily recalled at the touch of a button. Depending on the size of the RG traverse in the system, the Precision Winding Drive provides from 7 to 800 pounds of axial thrust.
Movement of the traverse is defined via software and monitored by sensors feeding back to the electronic control unit. The Precision Winding Drive meets most precision winding application requirements for a wide range of materials including wire/cable, PVC tubing, string, fiber, rope, rubber hose and vinyl strips. The new system also handles custom winding patterns and irregularly shaped spools.
The Precision Winding Drive System offers virtually unlimited flexibility with regard to specialized movement of the traverse. Stop/start, travel direction, linear pitch, travel speed, repetitive processes, ramp up/down and essentially all other variables pertaining to traverse movement may be programed into the system. A single system may be set up to control multiple stations making it unnecessary to invest in multiple systems in order to help sustain high production rates.
A stepper motor controlled by a Siemens S7 PLC is included in the package. Fast, simple operation is enhanced with intuitive prompts displayed on a touch screen control panel. The shaft on which the Precision Winding Drive runs is smooth case hardened steel. There are no threads which makes the system useful in applications where particulate contaminants could fall into threads causing jams or clogs. The shaft rotates in one direction only. The traverse travel direction, linear pitch and other motion parameters are controlled by the angle of the rolling ring bearings inside the drive unit. The angling and pivoting of the rolling rings is, in turn, controlled by user programming.
Posted August 4, 2016