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Global economic expansion has greatly increased the demand for iron, steel, aluminum, and copper. Scrap handling facilities, steel plants, rolling mills, aluminum smelters, and electrowinning operations require rugged material handling machines that place high demands on energy and data transmission systems. Reliability is of paramount importance, as any unscheduled downtime will cause waste and lost productivity. Electric systems must withstand high heat, sparks, metal splatter and conductive dust. Aluminum pot line cranes need conductor systems that can handle high currents during the stationary operating cycle. In steel mills, mission-critical charging and ladle handling cranes must operate where furnaces and molten steel ambient heat often exceeds 70°C. To survive, cables need special heat shielding and conductor rails often require high-heat insulation. Bar, billet and coil handling cranes operate at high speeds and must position and turn loads accurately. Lastly, the environment around electrowinning and plating lines will corrode ordinary electrification components.
Conductix-Wampfler products are used in metals facilities all over the world. We understand metallurgical processes from raw material supply, to metal making, to final finishing. With our global sales and service network, we are always close to your business for local service and support. If you need on-site installation assistance or a complete turnkey-job, there is no more experienced partner than Conductix-Wampfler.
Our products for metal plants include:
Conductor Rails – provide runway power for Charging Cranes, Ladle, and Tundish Cranes, slab/billet cranes, and coil/bar/plate handling cranes. Insulated bars are used up to 1500 amp; Welded Cap Rail for 2500 to 6000 amps. They power cranes in corrosive sintering, plating, and electrowinning operations, with optional Dura-Coat protection and supply continuous current draw for aluminum pot line cranes that operate while stationary.
Steel coil transfer car
Energy- and Datatransmission to the transfer car
IPT® [Inductive Power Transfer], iDAT
1 (7x2,2 kW 560 V + 1x750 W 560 V F-Pickup)
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iDAT [Inductive Data Transmission]
Generally the basic function of IPT® Floor systems is the same as that of other IPT® systems. But there are some additional or specific aspects to consider.
The cable loop must be installed in a way that complete coverage of the supply of vehicles along the entire travelling path is given. This way installed the cable routing also defines the travelling path of vehicles. With iDAT it is possible to detect the magnetic field around the cabling and to supply a guidance signal to the vehicle control and to control so the movement of the vehicle. Unwanted and expensive guidance slots become obsolete this way. Various travelling paths can be defined. Switches, crossings, etc. are no problem. The pickup just needs to be placed so that it is exposed to the magnetic field in a sufficient way.