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Flying Shear Controller and Accelerator Upgrade

The Alpha® Flying Shear Controller Upgrade, available for all Alpha® Flying Shears, improves reliability and provides a simple, user-friendly process for real-time control.  Change part-length on the fly, reduce setup time with stored recipes, increase control via real-time feedback, and benefit from increased service potential and future software updates.

The Alpha® Rack and Pinion Accelerator upgrade is the ideal solution for tube and pipe producers seeking improved operational performance. Designed to significantly improve repeatability of cut length tolerance, the installation will improve mill productivity and reduce maintenance. The upgrade is simple to install and requires no special foundation.

Prime candidates for the Alpha® Rack and Pinion Accelerator upgrade include Alpha® Shears with unreliable, maintenance intensive hydraulic accelerator units.

Many original equipment flying shear cutoffs were installed with maintenance intensive hydraulic accelerators with continue to need frequent tuning to maintain cut length accuracy. This installation eliminates these requirements and provides many benefits.

The Alpha® Controller Upgrade replaces obsolete control systems that are no longer serviceable or supportable. While older controllers are proprietary dedicated microprocessor based CPUs, the Alpha® Flying Shear Controller Upgrade utilizes a Siemens PLC and other readily available components ensuring long-term viability.

Available for all Alpha® Flying Shears, the Alpha® Flying Shear Controller Upgrade improves reliability and provides a simple, user-friendly process for real-time control.  Change part-length on the fly, reduce setup time with stored recipes, increase control via real-time feedback, and benefit from increased service potential and future software updates.

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Inductotherm Heating & Welding Ltd

Thermatool House, Crockford Lane, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG24 8NA

Features

Controller Features

  • Simple and fast replacement of Alpha®Flying Shear Control Systems
  • Up to date touchscreen interface with readily available service support
  • Updated electrical schematics for all Alpha®Flying Shears
  • Real-time encoder-based accelerator and press axis feedback for accurate cutting control
  • Siemens PLC based servo control system
  • Easy-to-use operator controls and display screen
  • On the fly production part length and batch changes
  • Storage of up to 12 cut length batches for sequenced processing
  • Automatic conversion between Metric and English units
  • Multiple languages available

Prime candidates for the Alpha® Rack and Pinion Accelerator upgrade include Alpha® Shears with unreliable, maintenance intensive hydraulic accelerator units.

Accelerator Features

AC Motor Technology

  • Higher throughput
  • Repeatable cut length tolerance
  • Reduced scrap

Simple Maintenance

  • Simple access lubrication points for quick greasing
  • Straightforward maintenance processes

Rack and Pinion Drive

  • Improved cut length accuracy
  • Low backlash design
  • Greater dependability

Closed Loop Control System

  • Optimized continuous closed loop control
  • Die set and tube speed position feedback
  • Simple drive tuning

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