It doesn’t always make “sensor”

This here is a pretty cool picture of a Uhing traverse winding set up to which sensors and electronics have been added.

Sensors Added to Uhing Traverse Winding Set Up
Sensors have been added to a Uhing traverse winding set up

In this case, the sensors monitor traverse linear speed, spool rotational speed and line feed speed. There is a controller which takes in the sensor data and uses it to make adjustments to the take-up spool drive motor speed whenever material builds up or depresses at the spool flanges.

This was an engineered solution which Uhing Company did for a specific customer. A Uhing engineer wrote the software program that addresses all of the correct variables.

This is NOT — sorry for yelling — an off-the-shelf solution.

There is a lot of application data that needs to be gathered before something like this can be attempted. A realistic time frame and budget have to be established.

The Uhing traverse gives you a really nice, smooth level wind. The Uhing rolling ring traverse meets 95% of the winding jobs out there.

An electronic winding system is generally used when instead of level winding you want “precision winding.” Where every row is either perfectly (to the mm or even micron) next to and on top of the other rows.

If you’re headed in this direction, you might ask yourself: Do I want to add sensors, electronics and software to my Uhing set up? Or do I need to investigate other electronics winding solutions?

The main advantage to the Uhing traverse is that you do not need a controller to synchronize the linear movement of the traverse with the rotational movement of the spool. This diagram demonstrates, and shows that with an electronically controlled system you do need the controller. Rolling Ring Versus Screw Based Linear Motion System

Rolling Ring Linear Drive vs Screw-Based SystemSo if you have decided that you do want to make the traverse move in a customized manner, is it prudent to use the Uhing?

Amacoil can support the mechanical (Uhing traverse) end of things. But when it comes to the sensors and electronics, you’ll need a person on staff who has a good handle on electromechanics. If there is nobody like that working with you, then you’ll need a good integrator who understands electromechanical systems. This individual can probably tell you if it’s wise to proceed or if there is another possibility you should investigate. This person will also be invaluable for technical support in the future.

If you don’t have an integrator, Amacoil can give you the names of some integrators. In some cases they will recommend the Uhing rolling ring traverse. But sometimes they don’t and instead they present another solution.

Bottom line is that you need to select the traverse system that is going to be the most cost efficient and the most effective. It doesn’t make sense to do anything else.