By using smart buffering in optical cable manufacturing lines it is possible to obtain material savings of 300 to 400 k€ per year. Maillefer, the global leader in wire, cable, pipe and tube production technologies, proposes a smart buffering concept utilizing today’s technology to meet the digitalization challenges. This solution is not just linked to data acquisition nor data transfer, it is about truly digging into the process data and analyzing it. The line's concept offers enhanced operator guidance which leads to remarkable annual material savings, improved productivity and scrap reduction.
One example: In a smart buffering line, the heart of the process is the clinching caterpillar. Maillefer's system is equipped with on-line tension measurement that gives information about the excess fiber length and the shrinkage of the tube. The tension measurement is a concrete indication about process quality and the following adjustments can save remarkable amounts of rejected reels.
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