Uncoiling wire has its own set of troublesome handling problems. It tangles. It either feeds too fast or too slow for the production equipment. It twists. It causes wear and tear on feed rolls and machine tooling. Coils of wire are heavy and awkward to lift and set up. It has to be managed by someone to make sure no looping problems occur. It takes the whole line down, too often, while single coils are being changed.You can probably add to the list.And forget manual wire payoff devices. They don’t resolve any of those issues.
Powered wire un-coilers are definitely the way to go, and we believe we offer the best one for wire applications. Naturally, we’re biased. But so are hundreds of manufacturers just like you. The Un-Coiler™ wire decoiler proves itself day in and day out, offering efficiency, productivity, and safety benefits, thanks to several exclusive and patented features.
There’s probably no other wire handling issue of more importance than controlling the wire uncoiling process. You know what happens when you can’t: tangles, twists, and loops. It’s frustrating and time consuming to straighten out these messes. But, there is hope:As the production machine pulls the wire to it, the Un-Coiler wire decoiler’s horizontal arm actuates the regenerative “Quick Torque” drive system. The wire is fed to the wire un-coiler smoothly and synchronously with the machine. The drive connects directly to the table rim surface, providing very responsive starting and stopping, avoiding excess coasting, loose wraps falling, and wire tangling. The tension remains constant, whether uncoiling a full or almost empty load of wire. No adjustment is required during production. There is no strain, wear or tear on the wire or sensitive feeding and straightening components. Less wear and tear on tooling and feed rolls extends production runs and tool life, resulting in more accurate parts. Our customers around the world are enjoying the positive effects of the Un-Coiler, and you can too.
The Un-Coiler wire decoiler starts and stops on its own. No one has to stand by and kick it to start. Intricate speed controls do not have to be set and monitored. Since wire tangles are much less of an issue with the Un-Coiler, no one has to watch it constantly. Now you can use labor much more efficiently, where it really counts-making parts.
With the Un-Coiler wire decoiler equipment, you can use wire bundles, carriers, or reels up to 5,000 lbs. (2268 kg). Operators do not have to lift individual bundles. They can place these larger loads with a forklift or crane. We also provide devices to secure the loads. Individual bundles can be kept in the middle of the table with center keeping devices, which we offer in different sizes. Wire carriers are held in place with our wire frame retaining kit. The retainer passes through the center of the wire load, threads into the center of the table and is then tightened down from the top with a threaded fixture. This retainer is particularly helpful as loads get smaller and lighter.
To further prevent accidents resulting from loads slipping off the Un-Coiler, the table surface is non-slip material. The table may be equipped with a metal ring or basket, which keeps wire loops from falling to the floor. The unit itself is stable. The load weight is supported at multiple points on the outside edge of the table and withstands uneven loading and bumps from forklifts. To keep the entire Un-Coiler from shifting during high speeds, customers may secure it to the floor with its bolt-down feet.
The Un-Coiler wire coil handling equipment’s ability to accommodate large loads, as opposed to individual bundles, in one of its most productivity-enhancing attributes. Larger loads last longer, for one thing, so you make fewer changes per shift. And when you do make a coil change, using lifting equipment is faster than relying on human, strained muscles. Once the load is secured on the table, it’s just a matter of running the wire through the control head guides and into the next device in the line. We offer three types of control heads for wire payoff applications.
Our Basic Control Head consists of two sets of fixed wire guides to allow one or two loops of wire, depending on your production speed. Ceramic bushings are on each end of the guides and in the center to avoid wire marring and cutting that can occur with metal-to-metal contact. Our Breakaway Control Head has all the features and benefits of the basic, with the addition of spring loaded wire guides that pull out under excessive pull force to allow the wire to run free and prevent damage to the feed rolls and the Un-Coiler. Our third type is the Dual Rod Breakaway Control head, which has all the attributes of the other two, except it has two rods which add more stability to the control head, keeping it stable under high speeds. The wire guide assembly provides an adequate, adjustable distance between the wire loops to prevent tangling and provides the breakaway feature. This head is also designed to accommodate heavier gage wire. With all of our control heads, we offer a choice of spring guide flexibility and tension, to our wire payoff system. Our applications engineers will help you determine the best setup for your applications.
This is a benefit we’ve learned from our customers: because they can now purchase larger coils of wire, they are saving money on raw material. There is often a lower unit cost on wire when purchased in high-volume coils. Thanks again, Un-Coiler!
The Un-Coiler wire payoff system was designed to be ultra-simple on all fronts: its construction, its operation, and its maintenance. The patented drive system’s placement under the table keeps it free of shop dust and debris. The drive’s configuration has no chains, sprockets, belts, gears, clutches, or center spindle to maintain.
To further enhance the operation and versatility of your Un-Coiler, we offer the following optional decoiler features and coil-handling equipment components: