MARLBOROUGH, Mass. – October 10, 2017 – New large-format traverse wound spools of shielding tape are now available from Web Industries Inc., Wire & Cable Division. The spools are custom-made for the production needs of networking and datacom cable manufacturers. They carry laminated shielding tape that protects twisted pairs of wire from alien crosstalk and external electro-magnetic interference.
Web Industries’ large traverse wound spools can replace traditional smaller spools that require more frequent spool changeovers and splicing during cable manufacturing. “Although cable production lines don’t typically shut down completely during changeovers, they usually have to ramp down in speed to accommodate splicing and then gradually ramp up afterward, resulting in a decline in production,” says Business Development Manager Charlie Belcher, speaking for Web’s Wire & Cable Division. “Converting to larger, longer spools allows the manufacturing lines to run at full production speeds for longer periods and generates higher throughput.”
The large-format traverse wound spools are supplied in widths of up to 16 inches and have a maximum weight of 75 lbs. Smaller and lighter packages are available.
Fewer Spool Changes
Many cable manufacturers currently employ slit or planetary wound rolls of shielding tape in smaller sizes. A typical spool measures about 12 inches wide by 12 inches in outer diameter. Replacing these small spools with larger traverse wound spools produces an immediate boost in throughput. For example: A production line that converts from a 12-inch spool to a larger spool of 16 inches increases its throughput on average by over 200% or more depending on the manufacturer’s outer diameter limitations.
Because the larger spools require fewer changeovers and less operator intervention, the chances of human error are reduced, which opens the door for resource sharing, where operators can be reassigned or able to support other productive activities.
Web Industries custom-designs large traverse wound spools to customer specifications. The company uses proprietary technology and purpose-built equipment to design spools with highly precise wind patterns such as parallel tape winds or a specific percentage of overlapping winds. Web engineers work closely with prospective customers to phase in and test large-format traverse wound spools on their cable manufacturing lines.
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