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Case Study: Helix Machine

Complete rebuild and upgrade of Umbilical manufacturing machine.

  • Project:
    Complete rebuild and upgrade of Umbilical manufacturing machine.
  • Cost:
    £500,000
  • Timescale:
    from receiving order to final commissioning: Less than 5 Months

The machine comprises of a caterpiller hauling off steel tube from a rotating main cage with driven cradles at a specific angle of lay, overlaid with tape applied at a specific pitch, all digitally set up from the scada system.

Mechanical requirements:

New cast bull wheel 3mtrs diameter, complete new flooring and fixed guards, Replacement 10 Ton caterpiller, direct drive system for each section replacing the existing common driveshaft with selectable gearboxes. All design calculations provided to ensure new system performs to customer 83 page specification

Electrical requirements:

Complete new system comprising off Allen Bradley plc and RS view scada system with trending on Ethernet link with UPS back up, SSD AC and DC drives on Device Net comms, Common DC bus and load sharing. Position loop control system. 4 remote operator control stations, Independent Pilz Overspeed system with safety category 3 emergency stops and 3 separate guard zones. Trapped key interlocked system also supplied. The new system was Interfaced with existing carousel unwind and take up systems. New motors and gearboxes specified and supplied for the new system.

Oracle Drive Systems Ltd design and build systems to comply with EN60204-1

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