products and costs. Pixargus has adapted system capacity, the range

of functions and the hardware to meet the require- ments of the process. Starting with a four-camera model, the system can be scaled up to six or eight cameras, as required, to meet the needs of the process situation.

iPC S is the most compact solution for inspect- ing all visible surfaces. Special light-edge elements ensure that the measuring field is homogeneously lit, allowing the camera sensors to capture and process irregularities and defects that were difficult to detect in the past – including pinholes, pores, scratches, cracks and grooves. iPC Dimension (DX) gives 360° geometry

measurement – including widths, gaps, angles, radii and shapes.

“It detects even most minute deviations from the

target contour thanks to its eight laser line sensors watching closely the dimensions of the inspected product,” said the company. The high number of optical sensors is needed to

capture the complex geometry of the clamping grooves, which can only be measured with suffi- cient accuracy with cameras arranged at different angles and positions. The models of the basic series come with a number of features known from the larger ProfilControl 7. The hinged arrangement of the sensor head securely prevents the measuring field from being affected by parasitic light effects. At K2019, the company also launched its

AllRounDia Dual Vision – which it says is the first single-unit system that can perform complete contour measurement and surface inspection at the same time. The system, which has a compact design,

Below: Solvay has added a new grade of Technyl Blue for

cooling pipes in electric vehicles

measures and inspects pipe, tubes and cables with a 100% defect detection rate, says the company. The hardware and software from the company’s

ProfilControl 7 technology have been adapted to the measurement of contoured products. The system measures around the complete circumfer- ence of the products using a single sensor head. AllRounDia DV gives gapless, 360° measure-

ment of round and oval contours. It does this by using a camera-based, laser-triangulation method. While conventional, axis-based measure- ments using the shadowing method cover only six single points, AllRounDia’s optical sensors capture 8 million pixels, says the company.

“Each individual point can be decisive for the quality of the product,” said Jürgen Philipps, managing director of Pixargus. “Although 44 PIPE & PROFILE EXTRUSION | November/December 2019

Although extruded plastics are not often used in solar energy farms and wind turbines, SABIC has developed one application that fits here. It has developed protective ducts made from its

Vestolen A Rely 5944HT – a PE100 grade – that can operate at elevated temperatures and for an extended lifetime. It is used to protect the high voltage underground cables that lead from the installation. “It’s also cost-effective for customers as it allows

for trenchless and sand-less installation across geographic landscapes,” said the company. Separate to this, the company highlighted drip

irrigation systems – made from its LLDPE and HDPE materials – that supply water to where it is needed for crop growth. �

Solvay Performance Polyamides has added a new grade to its Technyl Blue range of PA66/PA610 copolymers. The extrudable material, which offers high chemical resistance at raised temperatures, is aimed at air conditioning and cooling lines for electric vehicle battery and engine systems. “Electrified vehicles present an increased number of complex interconnected cooling systems and demands more of our materials offering,” said Didier Chomier, global marketing manager for automotive at the company. “Our Technyl Blue range has all the assets to prove itself in the electric vehicle market.” The material – along with other Technyl Blue

extrudable grades – offers a good price/perfor- mance ratio compared to metals like aluminium, and other polymers such as PA12. �

the single-point method is very accurate, it does not capture the area between the points, and detects only defects of relatively large topographic extension.” For a 1mm defect on a product 10mm size, inspecting at only six spots would leave 90% of the surface uninspected. AllRounDia, however, inspects each point with the same level of reliability and repeatability, he says. “This is gapless inspection in the true sense of

the word.” The specially developed lighting concept

ensures that the field of vision and measuring field are homogeneously lit. For this reason, flaws in the material – such as fissures, inclusions and other high-contrast defects – are reliably captured. �

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