In response to the growing demand for greater automation in the downstream activities of pipe manufacturers, PCT have continued to develop and refine its unique, fully automated Off-line Coiling Technology. Off-line Coiling separates the production of finished coils from the extrusion process meaning less downtime, lower waste and lower labour costs per coil. Higher extrusion speeds are also obtained by winding directly onto master reels instead of coiling ‘on-line’. Coils are then wound ‘off-line’ by transferring product from the master reel to finished coil lengths at speeds four times that of extrusion line speeds using a fully integrated automatic coiling system.
To date, The US market continues to be the most receptive, with some of the world’s biggest pipe manufacturers realising the truly substantial benefits in both cost and performance Off-line Coiling Technology offers. However, with increasing demand on manufacturers to be more globally competitive, PCT has seen a sharp rise in interest within the European market.
‘This innovative system has proven it can increase extrusion speed by up to 100% whilst reducing labour costs by up to 75%’ says Iain Wallace, PCT. ‘Manufacturers with two or more extrusion lines producing similar sized products are beginning to realise the tremendous flexibility and efficiency Off-line Coiling can offer them. The ability to produce 100 coils an hour also enables users to carry minimum stocks of finished coils in all lengths and sizes while a bulk reel of pipe takes up a third of the space of completed coils’.
PCT have further automated the process by offering an integrated robotic arm to transfer finished coils from the coiler to a conveyor belt which can either transport finished coils to a storage area or onto an automated pallet dispensing and wrapping system.
PCT Ltd is a privately owned company based in Newcastle UK with subsidiaries in the USA and China. The company designs and supplies coiling, handling and packaging solutions for flexible products such as plastic pipe, sub-sea umbilical, power cables, flow-lines and steel wire rope