Battenfeld-cincinnati at K: Double bill of innovations for pipe manufacturers

In addition to the new solEX GL series, the Infrastructure Division of battenfeld-cincinnati, Bad Oeynhausen/Vienna is presenting two more novelties for pipe manufacturers at this year’s K: the new helix-63-5 VSI 5-layer pipe die and the RTA 250+ automatic pipe cutter. With these two machine components, the extrusion specialist caters to the market demand for high productivity and flexibility with simultaneous low energy consumption.

battenfeld-cincinnati-0With the helix-63-5 VSI pipe die, battenfeld-cincinnati is adding a new pipe die size to its extensive product range. Now that 5-layer pipes with a layer of EVOH serving as an oxygen barrier and diameters of up to 32 mm have been established for some time in floor heating systems, the market now also requires these functional pipes in larger sizes. These are ideally suited as inlet and supply pipes in floor heating systems, or for laying in contaminated soil. Therefore the machine manufacturer now offers the new 5-layer pipe die for making pipes up to 63 mm in diameter and plans to add another new die to its portfolio in the near future as well, to accommodate pipe diameters of up to 125 mm. In the production of 5-layer pipes with an oxygen barrier, EVOH processing constitutes a special challenge. This is why, in designing this die, battenfeld-cincinnati has paid special attention to a short dwell time of the EVOH inside the die and optimal distribution of thin layers with extremely narrow tolerances.

new, modular automatic pipe cutter RTA 250+ (photo: battenfeld-cincinnati)
battenfeld-cincinnati’s new, modular automatic pipe cutter RTA 250+ (photo: battenfeld-cincinnati)

The helix-63-5 VSI die is based on a classic VSI die with the well-known two-step distribution concept consisting of a spiral mandrel distributor and a lattice basket. This structure ensures best possible distribution, homogenization and throughput with minimal pressure build-up. For the subsequent coex layers, a double mandrel is used as the basic distribution element, followed by either a spiral mandrel or a lattice basket, depending on the material. The modular design of the die facilitates its conversion for the production of 3-layer pipes, as well as disassembly for thorough cleaning. Minimal melt dwell times ensure short color changeover times. Finally, a choke for the two adhesive layers is responsible for regulating their flow rates from only one extruder.

A helix-63-5 VSI five-layer pipe die from battenfeld-cincinnati (photo: battenfeld-cincinnati)
A helix-63-5 VSI five-layer pipe die from battenfeld-cincinnati (photo: battenfeld-cincinnati)

The Infrastructure Division is also showcasing the new RTA 250+ automatic pipe cutter at the trade fair booth, which, similar to its established predecessor models, operates with circumferential cutting tools. Thanks to a sophisticated mechanism, these function completely without electrical drives or hydraulics on the rotating cutter. A novelty is the modular design of the RTA 250+, which enables pipe manufacturers to cut both PVC pipes (machined) and PE pipes (non-machined), as well as process pipes of different sizes, ranging from 32 to 250 mm in diameter, and use between 1 and 6 cutting tools, depending on the material the pipes are made of.

According to customers‘ preferences, the drive system for the cutter can operate either with a pneumatic cylinder to power the infeed stroke or with an electro-mechanical drive. In the latter case, the infeed stroke is triggered fully automatically and can be adjusted instantaneously to different pipe diameters via the control system without any interruption for changeover. Processors can also choose between an AC and a DC motor from the modular system to power the travel drive, depending on whether they need to cut the pipes to standard length or high-precision lengths.

K-battenfeld-cincinnatiApart from extreme flexibility due to its modularity, the new cutting system offers an outstanding technical performance: pipes with wall thicknesses of up to 50 mm can be cut at a maximum speed of up to 30m/min.

Last but not least, the RTA 250+ features an excellent energy balance. Since it functions without drive motors in the cutting
blades, the automatic cutter operates with an extremely low energy consumption. Where DC drives are used, the reclaim of deceleration energy yields an additional increase in efficiency.

Come and see for yourself, visit us at the K: hall 16, B19