Press Release Summary:
AUTOWRAP uses laser technology to determine exact dimensions of large metal coil of any height, width or weight up to 40 tons, then configures pair of automated robotic arms to wrap it in shortest possible path, all under control of PC. Robotic arms cover all exposed surfaces of coil with wrapping materials, resulting in moisture-proof seal of as many wrap layers as desired.
Original Press Release:
AUTOMATIC STEEL COIL WRAPPING SYSTEM USES LASER TECHNOLOGY
Applied Technology Group announces a major advance in coil wrapping systems, AUTOWRAP. The system uses laser technology to determine the exact dimensions of a large metal coil of any height/width/weight up to 40 tons, and then configures a pair of automated robotic arms to wrap it in the shortest possible path, all under control of an off-the-shelf IBM-compatible PC.
The robotic arms cover all exposed surfaces of the coil with a choice of wrapping materials, resulting in a moisture-proof seal of as many wrap layers as desired. The system offers the high-speed advantage of passing the roll of wrap directly through the 'eye' of the coil. As a result, AUTOWRAP can wrap any given coil five to seven times faster than the usual process of wrapping by hand.
AUTOWRAP has a proven track record of decreasing task difficulty while increasing safety. It features a novel, compact dispensing mechanism that maintains constant tension on the wrap material, while simplifying loading a new roll down to a few seconds. Using an ergonomic wireless remote control, one person can safely and efficiently operate the wrap process with only a few button pushes.
AUTOWRAP optimizes space on a factory floor with a relatively small footprint, requiring minimal overhead space. System throughput can be significantly increased by wrapping, loading and/or unloading simultaneously at independent modular coil stations.
The AUTOWRAP process dramatically reduces damage, defects and contamination due to handling and storage. The process further reduces costs arising from reworks and customer rejections.