In addition to Sikora’s classic diameter gauges of the Laser Series 2000, Sikora offers the high-end devices of the Laser Series 6000. These diameter measuring devices are specifically designed for sophisticated customer requirements that exceed the classic demands for quality control in the wire and cable industry.
Up to 5,000 measurements per second, all with extremely high single value precision, allow for an optimum line control and provide reliable statistical data. The gauge heads measure the diameter of wires and cables with an impressive precision and repeatability. Sikora offers 3 gauge head models for product diameters from 0.2 to 78 mm. The Laser Series 6000 measures precisely transparent products as well.
Integrated display and automatic diameter control in the gauge head
The devices include an integrated LCD display with control panel. This provides the operator with diameter values at one glance, directly at the measuring device. At the control panel the diameter nominal value can be entered and the control module activated. Via line speed or extruder rpm the module controls the diameter automatically to the specified value.
Lump detector function
The high measuring rate of the diameter devices also allows the detection of lumps and neckdowns. With the two-in-one system investment costs are reduced. In addition, there is more space in the line, as only one gauge head has to be installed.
Directly integrated in the gauge heads is a universal interface module for all connections such as RS 485, RS 232, Profibus-DP or, alternatively industrial field busses such as CANopen, Ethernet/IP, DeviceNet, Profinet IO. As the interface module as well as all connectors are completely integrated in the gauge head, they are perfectly protected against dirt, water or mechanical influences during the production.
Gauge head design
The opening of the gauges is twice as big as the measuring range to ensure an easy and safe passage of the production. A special feature of these devices is the swivel type gauge head. It allows for the gauge head to be easily moved upwards, out of the extrusion line. The measuring heads are open at the bottom to prevent dirt and water from falling into the measuring area. The feeding of the connection cables to the interface module is protected, directly in the gauge head stand.
The Laser Series 6000 has common interfaces as well as an optional Wi-Fi interface, which allows a direct connection to a smartphone or laptop. The Wi-Fi interface is used for diagnosis and quality control. Measuring values, trend and statistical data, but also video signals are transferred.