Wire and Cable Manufacturing Tension Control

Improve the quality and efficiency of wire and cable manufacturing with automatic tension control.

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SteadyWeb 6 Tension Controller

SteadyWeb 6 Tension Controller

RFA Ribbon Filament Transducers

RFA Ribbon Filament Transducers

LT Low Tension Transducers

LT Low Tension Transducers

Wire and Cable Manufacturing Tension Control
The manufacture of wire and cable products requires consistent tension be maintained in order to deliver repeatable quality results, minimize downtime and boost operator efficiency.  Dover Flexo Electronics’ family of Ribbon and Filament Transducers (load cells) combined with a closed-loop tension controller provide a turn-key solution to upgrade machines quickly and affordably.

Ribbon filament tension transducer installation

Some Benefits of Wire and Cable Tension Control Include:
• Minimized stretch or breakage during manufacture
• Increased manufacturing speeds
• Fewer wrap-up and tangling incidents
• Wider range of products able to be produced on a single machine
• Higher quality products
• Less reliance on specialized/multiple machine operators

Typical tension control solutions incorporate:
• A closed-loop tension controller such as the SteadyWeb™ 6 Digital Tension controller
• A load cell such as the Very Narrow Web Tension Transducer, Ribbon Filament Tension Transducer or Low Tension Transducer
• A Pneumatic Brake, Magnetic Particle Brake, Clutch or Motor Drive System

Customers integrating tension control with a PLC most often utilize:
• A load cell signal amplifier such as the TA1 TrueTension™ Amplifier
• A load cell such as the Very Narrow Web Tension Transducer, Ribbon Filament Tension Transducer or the Low Tension Transducer

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