EuroWire November 2022
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‘Exciting time’ for British Steel ‘An incredibly exciting time for our business’ is how British Steel CEO Xifeng Han described his company’s £80mn investment in the future at its site in Scunthorpe, UK. £48mn of that will be for the installation of a new billet caster, while the Scunthorpe rod mill will undergo a £32mn upgrade. Additional money is being spent at FN Steel, British Steel’s sister company in the Netherlands. The announcement came shortly after the company said it was conducting a feasibility study into the use of green hydrogen as a fuel source. “While we’re still in the early stages of our transformation, these projects are a major step forward for British Steel and our customers. The new technology and manufacturing capabilities will significantly enhance our product range and deliver improved operational performance and efficiencies,” added Mr Han. Once the upgrade is complete, the company’s wire rod offering will have improved tolerances and surface quality, with an extended product range with diameters up to 28mm. The product range will also offer improved mechanical properties and enhanced options for supply condition, such as normalised rolled and low-temperature rolled wire rod. The reconfigured mill layout and new equipment are expected to be commissioned in 2023. The full story can be found on page 6. Another UK company in the spotlight is Cimteq Ltd, a design support and manufacturing software provider for wire and cable manufacturing. The company has been acquired by applied safety science organisation UL Solutions, therefore strengthening its software capabilities to serve its small and large wire and cable customers across the product life cycle. Cimteq’s enterprise-level software enables manufacturers to be more efficient through improved productivity and streamlining of product development and manufacturing processes.
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“Emerging technologies within smart cities, Industry 4.0, mobility and communications industries all rely on wire and cable to serve as the delivery backbone for new service offerings,” said Jennifer Scanlon, president and CEO, UL Solutions Inc. For full details, turn to page 8.
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23-25 November 2022
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■ Focus on China
23-25 November 2022 wire India Trade exhibition Mumbai, India Organisers: Messe Düsseldorf GmbH www.wire-india.com
■ Wire drawing machinery and equipment
■ wire India review
27-29 November 2022 China (Guangzhou) International Metal and Metallurgy Exhibition Trade exhibition Guangzhou, China Organisers: Guangzhou Julang Exhibition Design Co Ltd www.julang.com
■ Getting technical Copper and aluminium power cables: cost-benefits analysis
6-8 March 2023 Cables (AMI event) Trade Exhibition Cologne, Germany Organisers: AMI www.ami-events.com
9-11 May 2023 Interwire Trade exhibition Atlanta, Georgia, USA Organisers: Wire Association International www.wirenet.org
9-11 May 2023 Made In Steel Trade exhibition Milan, Italy Organisers: Siderweb SpA www.madeinsteel.it
10-13 May 2023 Lamiera Trade exhibition Milan, Italy Organisers: CEU-Centro Esposizioni Ucimu SpA www.lamiera.net
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British Steel’s former billet caster at its Scunthorpe site
£80mn investment programme underway at British Steel
announced in 2018, the scheme had been paused but is now being resumed under British Steel’s new ownership. Once the upgrade is complete, the company’s wire rod offering will have improved tolerances and surface quality, with an extended product range with diameters up to 28mm. The product range will also offer improved mechanical properties and enhanced options for supply condition, such as normalised rolled and low-temperature rolled wire rod. The reconfigured mill layout and new equipment are expected to be commissioned in 2023. Phil Knowles, British Steel’s commercial director for wire rod, said, “Our bespoke new facility will be a real game changer. We’ll be able to manufacture wire rod with tighter tolerance control, improved ovality and world-class surface quality – key factors in meeting current and future customer requirements.” British Steel Ltd https://britishsteel.co.uk
these projects are a major step forward for British Steel and our customers. The new technology and manufacturing capabilities will significantly enhance our product range and deliver improved operational performance and efficiencies.” The new billet caster, which will manufacture lengths of semi-finished steel, is being installed by Danieli and is expected to be commissioned at the end of the year. It will enable the company to both increase capacity and grow into new markets. Richard Longbottom, technical manager, steelmaking development, said, “The new caster will produce billets of an even higher standard, with much better internal and surface qualities. We’ll also have a broader product range, enabling us to become more competitive and expand our offering to customers.” Work is also underway to install new mill equipment to extend engineering capabilities at British Steel’s Scunthorpe rod mill. Part of a £50mn investment
British Steel has started work on £80mn of investments to enhance its product range and improve operational and environmental performance. The bulk of the investment – £48mn – is financing the installation of a new billet caster at the company’s site in Scunthorpe, UK. At the same time, its Scunthorpe rod mill is being given a £32mn upgrade, while further investments are being made at FN Steel, British Steel’s sister company in the Netherlands. The announcement came a short time after British Steel announced it was conducting a feasibility study into the use of green hydrogen as a fuel source. Xifeng Han, British Steel’s CEO, said, “This is an incredibly exciting time for our business with unprecedented levels of investment – fuelled by the drive of our employees – powering us towards a sustainable future. While we’re still in the early stages of our transformation,
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UL Solutions acquires Cimteq Limited Applied safety science organisation UL Solutions has announced its acquisition of Cimteq Limited, a design support and manu- facturing software provider for the global wire and cable manufacturing industry based in the UK.
Weifang Zhou, executive vice president and president of testing, inspection and certification, UL Solutions, commented, “Process excellence throughout the research and development cycle is increasingly crucial to safe product deployment, especially as the complexity of design requirements increases. Cimteq will enable UL Solutions to help customers optimise operations while enhancing product safety and compliance.” Cimteq CEO Michael Braddock said, “Cimteq was founded to develop software solutions for the wire and cable industry and help manufacturers achieve their digital transformation ambitions while developing safe and compliant products. “We share UL Solutions’ mission-centric safety culture and are proud to join them to help advance innovations for the wire and cable industry.” Cimteq was co-founded in 1998 by software industry veterans Ali and Amanda Shehab, and is headquartered in Wrexham, Wales, approximately 35 miles south of Liverpool. In 2018, the company received an equity investment from listed private equity and infrastructure investment manager Foresight Group.
The acquisition will strengthen UL Solutions’ software capabilities to better serve small and large wire and cable customers across the product life cycle. Cimteq’s enterprise-level software enables manufacturers to be more efficient through improved productivity and streamlining of product development and manufacturing processes. “Emerging technologies within smart cities, Industry 4.0, mobility and communications industries all rely on wire and cable to serve as the delivery backbone for new service offerings,” said Jennifer Scanlon, president and CEO, UL Solutions Inc. “We are confident the acquisition of Cimteq allows us to help wire and cable customers continue to evolve and succeed as these technologies introduce new challenges and opportunities.” Cimteq’s technologyalsohelpssimplifythecomplexmanagement of cable design data, from the initial concept to delivering a full bill of materials directly to enterprise resource planning systems. With Cimteq software, UL Solutions is able to provide wire and cablemanufacturers tools to effectively plan, manage and control every aspect of the development and manufacturing process by utilising the latest industrial Internet of Things (IoT) technology to optimise cable manufacturing operations.
The transaction closed on 9 September 2022.
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AWI posts European sales boost A UK manufacturer of round, flat and profile wire has seen a major increase in European sales. Orders at Alloy Wire International (AWI) have risen to nearly a third of its predicted £13mn annual turnover, with the firm’s commitment to short lead times and security of supply securing a number of new clients. nuclear sectors. The shipping department has established contingency plans with some of the world’s best transport carriers, ensuring its material can be anywhere in Europe within three weeks of the order being placed. Tom Mander, managing
speak for themselves with European sales up 20 per cent over the last twelve months, underlining the importance of supply chain resilience.” The company has seen similar growth outside Europe, with the buoyant oil and gas industry encouraging a surge in North American business. Round and profile wire –manufactured in corrosion-resistant and/or high-temperature resistant alloys such as Inconel X-750, Phynox, Inconel 718 and Hastelloy C-276 – is in demand from customers producing springs and fasteners used deep underground or under the ocean. The medical device sector continues to buy wire made in alloys like MP35N, Phynox and vacuum-melted grades of stainless steel for their metallographic purity. Mr Mander said, “Customers in these high-tech sectors stipulate raw material from selected approved sources and the wire being manufactured to specific AMS and ASTM specifications. We adopt these practices, making it easy for customers to select AWI as their programme partner. This is further strengthened by our quality and operational systems being accredited to AS 9100 (aerospace) and ISO 13485 (medical devices).” AlloyWire International www.alloywire.com
director designate, commented, “We’ve seen all the newspaper headlines around Brexit and the complications it is causing, but we’re bucking the national trend it seems. Yes, it hasn’t been easy, and we’ve had to spend a lot of time and money in getting the processes right. However, the results
The company has invested in a network of sales offices around the world, providing local knowledge in forty countries and enabling AWI to build relationships in the automotive, aerospace, high-value engineering, medical, oil and gas and
AWI’s European sales have increased 20 per cent in the last year
Lämneå Bruk AB Wire machinery manufacturer Lämneå Bruk will be participating for the second time at a wire industry trade show in India this year. After a successful Cable & Wire Fair in March, the company will be exhibiting at wire India in November. The Indian market has gained importance for the Swedish company over the years, and the feedback in March was positive, according to president Jonas Hagstedt. Lämneå Bruk’s machine portfolio ranges from drawing machines to (de-)spooling, rod preparation, coilers, take-ups, payoffs and pointing machines for different wire types, such as low- to high-carbon, stainless steel, welding and spring wire. The company has specialised industry knowledge, and says that its teams’ hands-on skills allow them to find the suitable and innovative solutions for the international customer base. All parts of its machines are produced on-site in Sweden, from the first drawing to the electrical design, manufacturing, control cabinet assembly and programming with a complete CNC set-up. Being in full control over the entire production chain ensures quality and gives flexibility to customise each machine to the customer’s requirements, to meet the changing demands of the industry. A thorough three-step risk analysis and conformity according to ISO standards certify the safety of all machines. Lämneå Bruk AB www.lamnea.se L 102 B
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Supermac Industries established in the year 1974 is a leader in manufacturing of high end systems and process technology for the wire & cable in Power and telecom sector and related Industries. The ISO 9001 and CE certified company specializes in offering customized and tailor made solutions to fulfil specific needs of the variety of customers all across the globe. With a highly skilled design team, with the best of manufacturing and highly talented commissioning team, trained experts in cable processes and technology, we offer design to process expertise to bring in the best product for you. Supermac Industries established in the year 1974 is a leader in manufacturing of high end systems and process technology for the wire & cable in Power and telecom sector and related Industries. The ISO 9001 and CE certified company specializes in offering customized and tailor made solutions to fulfil specific needs of the variety of customers all across the globe. With a highly skilled design team, with the best of manufacturing and highly talented commissioning team, trained experts in cable processes and technology, we offer design to process expertise to bring in the best product for you. Supermac has expertise providing on line commissioning from remote. Post commissioning customer service support is provided Supermac has expertise providing on line commissioning from remote. Post commissioning customer service support is provided
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from both on site as well as from remote. In our endeavour to conform to industry 4.0 norms, Supermac has taken strong strides forward in implementing several digital initiatives and can provide IIOT enabled extrusion lines supported by Siemens Mind sphere software from both on site as well as from remote. In our endeavour to conform to industry 4.0 norms, Supermac has taken strong strides forward in implementing several digital initiatives and can provide IIOT enabled extrusion lines supported by Siemens Mind sphere software The company has three established and running units near New Delhi and are adding another unit under our expansion program. The company has three established and running units near New Delhi and are adding another unit under our expansion program. The state-of-the art facilities are equipped with international and indigenous machinery to carry out the process of manufacturing as per the customer’s requirements. Supermac has strategic partnership with German Companies – M/S Scholz to cover CCV Lines, M/S Rubicon to cover Rubber extrusion Lines and Simpack USA for Coiling machines and Solutions. The state-of-the art facilities are equipped with international and indigenous machinery to carry out the process of manufacturing as per the customer’s requirements. Supermac has strategic partnership with German Company – M/S Scholz to cover CCV Lines, and Simpack USA for Coiling machines and Solutions.
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Exhibitor interest strong for Interwire 2023
Packaging equipment facility expansion
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The Wire Association International (WAI), host of the biennial Interwire trade exposition and conference, reports that the 80,000ft 2 of available exhibition space for the next event is fully contracted, and the organiser is looking to expand to accommodate additional exhibitors. The event is scheduled to run from 9 to 11 May 2023 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. WAI has established a ‘wait list’ and will assign booths as space allows, to accommodate the continuing influx of requests for exhibit space. Commenting on the process, sales director Shannon Timme said, “It’s clear 2023 will be a great year for Interwire. With the current strength of the industry, the re emergence of industry fairs, and energy focused on trade events, new and returning Interwire exhibitors were quick to book their exhibit space. We want to accommodate every company that submits a request to exhibit.” The Wire Association International is a not-for-profit association with 1,800 individual members in 50 countries, and serves the educational needs of the wire and cable manufacturing industry through a variety of products and services.
With growing demand and a motivation to provide efficiency, Windak Group is expanding its manufacturing base in Tallinn, Estonia, adding 1,428m 2 to its production facility. The new addition to the manufacturing facility will increase production capacity and accommodate additional assembly space for Windak’s expanding line-up of packaging equipment. To support operations, the overall flow of the company’s production processes will also be improved. This decision to expand also led to a reorganisation of the stock of spare parts, as well as a 15 per cent increase in staff. Windak expects the new facility to enable it tomeet the growing demand for its products and to better serve customers around the world. Windak Group www.windakgroup.com
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Building safety remains “on a knife edge” Wrexham Mineral Cables, a manufacturer of fire resistance cables, has again called for more stringent testing standards following a spate of fires in recent months, including one in Bradford, UK, where residents were evacuated from a block of apartments in the city centre following a blaze on the fifth floor of the building. resistant cables, which may not survive during a true fire scenario.
times can be extensive or hindered due to the sheer size of the building. Plus, with some buildings adopting the much criticised ‘stay put’ policy, circuits such as extraction systems must remain fully functional. “The tests which cables are subjected to need to be relevant and relied upon. It is extremely concerning that ‘enhanced fire resistant’ cables most commonly being used for critical emergency building services may not survive fire, water and direct impact. If this remains the case, building safety will remain on a knife edge for years to come.” Mr Williams said that Wrexham Mineral Cables remains committed to raising industry standards, and that the only way to achieve this is by introducing a standard test for all fire-resistant cables – such as BS 8519, currently only applicable to fire-resistant cables over 20mm. “Regardless of size or construction, if a cable is required to function in the event of a fire, each single cable sample must have to pass a true fire scenario test, helping identify those which can survive, rather than simply resist, fire,” said Mr Williams. ”Wrexham Mineral Cables have recently gained approval to BS8519 on cable measuring less than 8mm, proving it really is the only true fire survival cable.” WrexhamMineral Cables https://wrexhammineralcables.com
Wrexham Mineral Cables commercial manager Steve Williams says that testing needs to be strengthened for all fire resistant cables as part of the construction industry’s wider drive to improve building safety. He commented, “Fire-resistant cables play a fundamental role in ensuring that emergency and building critical systems are supported in the event of a fire. Not only do they provide early indication of a fire, but they also ensure critical circuits remain functional for longer periods. This is particularly critical in high-rise buildings where evacuation
The company believes this once again highlights the importance of keeping buildings and the people who occupy them safe, and that in too many cases the focus has remained largely on identified defects. Unidentified issues can include the installation of certain types of fire
WrexhamMineral Cables is highlighting the importance of testing fire-resistant cables
Pan Chemicals SpA Pan Chemicals is an Italian producer of drawing lubricants, coatings and chemicals for the wire industry. It sells worldwide, either directly or through its network of agents, distributors and branch companies. The company’s research and development department explores new products and concepts, to offer its customers improved performance and efficiency, while also keeping a focus on environmental sustainability. With this aim, Pan Chemicals has recently added to its portfolio new products such as ash-less lubricants for high quality surface after annealing; polymer-based pre-coating for cold forming applications; polymer pre-coat lubricants for heavy duty bar drawing; nanotechnology based protective coating for galvanised wires; and pre-coating for high-tensile galvanised steel wire drawing.
It has also introduced special nano dispersion water-based lubricants for fine and extra-fine drawing of high tensile wires; new concept drawing technologies based on special diamond dies; and a new design of high-performance compact pressure dies. The company’s production programme includes Panlube S dry drawing lubricants – calcium, sodium, aluminium, zinc, lithium and combined products for low and high carbon steel and stainless steel; Panlube L wet drawing lubricants – oils, greases and pastes for wet drawing of low and high carbon, welding wire, stainless steel and non-ferrous wire; Pancover lubricant carriers – phosphates and non-reactive coatings; Panflux flux for galvanising – developed to improve the efficiency of the galvanising process by uniform control of the reaction between the two metals; and Panchem auxiliary
Pan supplies lubricants, coatings and chemicals for the wire industry
products – degreasing agents, pickling inhibitors, anti-rusting and protective products, activated charcoal, wiping pads and spiral brushes. Pan Chemicals SpA https://panchemicals.com
Trends in the wiring harness sector High demand for electric cars is making wiring harnesses more important and sys tem-critical. This is creating opportunities, but also challenges, for manufacturers. systems to manufacturing execution systems (MES) in order to supply them efficiently with orders and provide quality data transparently.
across and throughout all of these steps, fromengineering through installation and ideally to the use of the wiring harness in the vehicle. In the ARENA2036 research campus, an innovation platform for the mobility and production of the future, vehicle manufacturers, wire harness producers, machine manufacturers, software firms and other companies have joined forces to advance the development of consistent digital twins. “Electromobility is promising wiring har ness manufacturers a bright future,” ex plained Bernd Jost, managing director of DiIT. “But to participate they must do their homework. Without further automation, standardisation and digitalisation, the sector will not be able tomeet the increas ing requirements which go hand in hand with this change in importance of their products.” Examples of the company’s corporate responsibility include its contribution to social projects like Lebenshilfe Traunstein. It also partners VESO Arbeitsintegration with its Swiss branch in Winterthur, helping people temporarily unable to work to re-join the regular labour market. 2021 sawWolfram Industrie complete two major projects. The first involved boosting production capacity at the Bayerische Metallwerke headquarters in Dachau by 50 per cent. The second was at Wolfram Industrie’s headquarters in Traunstein, where work on a long-planned new building got underway. The new 7,000m 2 head office, which will house 6,500m 2 of production space, is expected to go into operation at the start of 2023. “Investing around €20mn is key to us having the space and logistical scope we need to optimise the flow of materials and ramp up progress on new manufactur ing technologies,” commented Sebastian von Cetto, Wolfram Industrie managing partner and production manager at the Dachau facility. “Streamlining the decision making within our companies and install ing the latest ventilation system are just two ways our employees will benefit.” Gesellschaft fürWolfram IndustriembH Bayerische Metallwerke GmbH www.wolfram-industrie.de DiIT GmbH www.diit.de
Interface standardisation is gaining mo mentum. As manufacturers of wire pro cessing machines continue to define their own interface specifications, the integra tion of machines into an MES system can incur considerable expense. With increas ing automation, this situation is not sus tainable over the long term. At the end of 2021, a VDMA working group was formed to develop a sector standard on the basis of the OPC/UA industry standard. Many wiring harness manufacturers are already working with digital twins, which can be deployed in most steps of the engineering and manufacturing process. However, there has been a lack of consistency. Each step uses its own digital twin that operates independently of others. To enable consistent traceability and quality assurance, the information model of a wiring harness must be usable “Thanks to Wolfram Industrie acquiring Bayerische Metallwerke in 1991, we not only kept our then competitor in business as a going concern, but also expanded our own portfolio, which opened up new prospects for both companies,” said managing partner Marion Freifrau von Cetto. With regional supply chains, stable production of tungsten electrodes in Germany could be ensured, independent of the East Asian market, allowing the company to weather the ongoing pandemic crisis. Whenever possible, Wolfram Industrie sources conflict-free raw materials from Europe.
DiIT, a specialist in integrated software systems used in wiring harness production, explained three trends that wiring harness manufacturers need to look out for: a reliance on high voltage wires for automation; interface standardisation; and paving the way for consistent digital twins. The breakthrough of e-mobility has led to an increasing requirement for high-voltage wires. Wiring harness manufacturers are looking for ways to automate the processing of these complex multiple-core wires with additional shields. Relevant systems with several interlinked processing stations are generating interest. In addition to throughput, automated quality control – for example with vision systems – has an important role to play in these systems. It must also be possible to connect the
Double anniversary Gesellschaft für Wolfram Industrie mbH took over Bayerische Metallwerke GmbH 30 years ago. Today, the companies are celebrating their 110 th and 95 th anniversaries, and upgrading their capacity by expanding and developing at both locations in Bavaria, Germany.
A combined total of 205 years of accumulated insights paves the way for industries such as semiconductors to exploit high-quality tungsten and molybdenum products. Streamlining production and leveraging the latest manufacturing technology helps the group continue delivering innovative solutions for its customers.
In Traunstein, construction of the new company headquarters got the green light
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SMS group records highest order intake for ten years
Burkhard Dahmen, CEO of SMS group, said, “Almost all industrialised countries have set themselves ambitious climate targets and resolved transformation strategies for their steel industries. Today, integrated steelworks produce around 1.3bn tons of crude steel per year via the conventional BF-BOF route, accounting for 90 per cent of all CO 2 emissions from the steel industry. In the decades to come, these production capacities will be subject to transformation. As a systems supplier, we are in a position to support our customers comprehensively in every situation.” In addition to supplying solutions and systems to the steel industry, SMS develops technologies that enable the recovery and reuse of nearly all types metals. In November 2021, a long term strategic partnership agreement was concluded with copper producer Aurubis, covering the development and construction of several modular recycling plants in Europe and North America. These plants will recover metals such as
With an 86 per cent increase, SMS group almost doubled its order intake to reach €3,507mn in the 2021 financial year, recording its highest level in ten years. The reasons for the rise are the catch up effects in the wake of the previous year’s slump triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic and the growing demand for decarbonisation and recycling technologies. The group experienced an increase in the order backlog. Due to delays caused by the pandemic in the schedules for acceptance, the 2021 financial year closed with sales down 6.8 per cent from the previous year. Earnings before taxes (EBT) amounted to €87mn. This result returns SMS to a post-pandemic situation of profitable growth. With the acquisition of the remaining shares of Paul Wurth in April 2021, SMS further strengthened its position as technology partner and full-line supplier for the steel industry.
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copper, nickel, tin, zinc, platinum and various precious metals for reuse in the value-creation cycle. SMS is expecting a sustainable increase in incoming orders and an improvement in results in the coming years. Order intake in 2022 is expected to level out at the previous year’s figure. SMS group GmbH www.sms-group.com
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Magnetic Analysis Corp NDT test instruments and systems for inspecting wire, bar, tube and pipe will be featured at the stand of Magnetic Analysis Corp (MAC) and Inmar Engineering Corp – MAC’s agent in India. Highlights will be the Minimac® eddy current tester and information on MAC’s latest Echomac® phased array ultrasonic systems for testing ERW welded tube. The Minimac 50/55 for detecting short surface and some subsurface defects at speeds up to 4,000 fpm will be demon- strated using a linear rail eddy current coil holder while testing ½" diameter stainless steel tube. This eddy current instrument is also often used for inspecting welding wire, including flux core wire where it can detect missing flux as well as flaws in the wire itself. It can also find weld-line faults in tube and check continuity in single and multi-conductor insulated wire and cable. Using an MID option, the Minimac can detect magnetic inclusions in non magnetic product. MAC’s MultiMac® eight-channel eddy current instrument is used to detect surface defects and laps in cold drawn wire and high-speed operations. Information will be available on MAC’s Echomac PA TW phased array UT robot system, installed recently at a US tube mill. This new system is able to measure the tube profile and monitor the scarfing trim tool operation in the heat affected zone, often within 40 feet of the welder, at temperatures up to 122°C (252°F). This upstream location in the weld line gives
the operator instant feedback when the scarfing tool is bad or broken, allowing immediate adjustment of the welding operation and preventing scrap. Information on the Echomac 25mm UT rotary, which is designed for applications such as tubular product for nuclear and aerospace installations, will also be available at the stand. The full-body test equipment provides 100 per cent coverage at high throughput rates on product ranging from 5 to 25mm diameter. The 630mm overall length of the rotary allows for ease of installation when upgrading existing inspection lines.
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Information on MAC’s full range of eddy current, ultrasonic and flux leakage test systems for inspecting wire, bar and tube will be available at the stand. Magnetic Analysis Corp www.mac-ndt.com
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