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SIKORA CENTERWAVE 6000/1200 for Process Optimisation & Quality Control of Plastic Pipes

The SIKORA CENTERWAVE 6000 series is based on an innovative millimetre wave technology measuring principle. It offers automatic control of the extrusion lines producing pipes.

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SIKORA has added an upgrade in CENTERWAVE 6000 which measures the wall thickness, inner profile, diameter, and ovality of plastic pipes. The new model specifically covers diameter ranges from 250 to 1,200 mm [10 to 48”], thus meeting the requirements of large pipe manufacturers.

The compact design of CENTERWAVE 6000/1200 makes it easy for pipe makers to integrate into production and is especially suitable for extrusion lines producing pipe diameters of up to 1,000 and 1,200 mm [39.4 and 48”]. In-line, the system supports immediate centering and reliable quality control. For the American market, the new model also covers the common 48” IPS and DIPS standards.

Small pipes from 60 mm [2.3”] as well as large pipes up to 3,200 mm [126.0”] diameter – the CENTERWAVE 6000 device series are characterised by their innovative measuring principle based on the millimeter wave technology. The operator immediately receives continuous and precise measured values – without presetting the product parameters and without any calibration.

The device is equipped with a transceiver that rotates permanently. Due to the rotation speed and the line speed running parallel to it, the measurement takes place in the form of a helix structure in the direction of production, ensuring 100 percent coverage. In this way, the wall thickness, diameter and inner profile are recorded without gaps both over the entire circumference and in the longitudinal direction of the pipe, and min. and max. values are reliably determined.

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With each rotation, the measuring spot overlaps. Thus, the inner contour of the pipe is precisely mapped and abnormalities such as sagging are immediately detected so that countermeasures can be initiated. Besides measuring all relevant parameters, the CENTERWAVE 6000 also offers automatic control of the extrusion line taking into account the standard deviation. This avoids over-consumption and achieves a higher degree of automation of existing plants, enabling an amortisation of significantly less than one year.

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