Coil Reels Are Used For a Wide Range of Industries
Coil handling equipment is used in different industries and various applications. A typical coil handling system includes a control platform, mechanical equipment such as an electric pump or chain drive mechanism, and coils. The basic function of these components is to raise, lower, lift, move, position, adjust, and store finished product from one location to another, usually by way of a conveyor. Depending on the application and product characteristics, this system may include separate or integrated coil lifts, oil containers, coil stands, coil containers, upenders, air feeds, feed belts, cutting lines, cutting tools, lubricants, and other associated items.
A variety of feeding systems are available for coil handling equipment, including direct transfer, rotary screw, pneumatic ram, and rotary vane. Direct transfer provides the most economical system of moving the product directly from the input shaft to the output shaft. Rotary screw systems employ a counter-rotating screw that functions as a stationary output shaft in a fixed position. Pneumatic ram systems employ a piston to propel the material through a tube while mechanical air feeds provide a high-speed, kinetic energy source for workpieces and other materials. These feed systems, however, cannot move products that are too large in size. In addition, they can only accommodate relatively low-load configurations.
Standard features for many coil handling equipment include standard features such as integral cable assemblies, die crimped terminals, standard voltage and plugging/unplugging capabilities, manual or automatic transmission, and dust collection. Many coil stacks also have standard features such as self-aligning couplings and heavy-duty construction. Others have optional features such as accessory drive and overload protectors. Others may have optional accessories such as line feeder adapter and accessory drive. The range of accessories available varies with manufacturer and additional capabilities.
There are several applications of this type of equipment. It is often used in the fabrication of wire coils used in circuit boards, solar panel cells, windings, belts, pipes, connectors, splines, lockout tools, seals, connectors, bolts, fasteners, etc. Other applications include the manufacturing of vacuum tubes and coils. Some manufacturers specialize in the manufacture of custom printed coil stock handling equipment for specific applications. Some manufacturers also specialize in the development of machine tools to perform specific tasks.
There are two broad categories of coil handling equipment. One category is that for which only a single die roll off type of process is necessary while the other category requires the use of both dies and coil processing equipment. This equipment is used for perforating and trimming dies used for perforation purposes. In the first category, the dies are fixed and the coil processing unit is movable and is designed for a variety of perforations ranging from small hole to large hole. In the second category, the equipment is stationary but the dies are moved manually according to the requirements.
Wide range of sizes is another aspect of this type of processing equipment. The widths of these coil handling equipment vary depending on their applications. The wide range of widths is suited for specific applications such as wide width bearing for a bolt assembly or wide range for connecting two or more components. For example, wide width bearings for connecting bolts are available in a variety of sizes ranging from three inches to ten inches. Some of these accessories are available with extra wide widths if needed.