WARP - FAST ROI THROUGH MATERIAL SAVINGS AND PROCESS AUTOMATION

Many have heard of the term radar technology in connection with distance measurement in the automotive or aviation sector. iNOEX uses radar technology to measure thin-walled plastic pipes. This places high demands on the electronics to be able to measure thin layers.

iNOEX has reinvented the core of radar, the radar technology itself, including the appropriate precision electronics and optics, and adapted it to the needs of the plastics market. Together with the best experts in the industry, a sensor technology was created that is able to handle almost any pipe dimension measurement requirement.

Radar technology is suitable for all common plastic materials such as PE, L-/HDPE, PP, PA6/-12, PVC, PVDF, etc. without any limitations as to measuring accuracy. No coupling medium is required to emit and receive the radar waves, making this application very robust, reliable and independent of process fluctuations.

The comprehensive WARP product portfolio with different types and sizes offer high-precision measurement data for almost any pipe dimension for efficient and fully documented production. In addition to the WARP 8 and WARP 100, iNOEX also offers the WARP XXL for large pipes and the mobile WARP portable.

WARP 8

This inline pipe measuring system for wall thickness and diameter measurement at 8 measuring points or 4 axes provides all the important measurement data required for manual or automated process optimization and control.

The WARP 8 specializes in large wall thicknesses and diameters and therefore offers a particularly wide range of applications.

Benefits:

  • Diameter range from 60 to 1200 mm (five sizes).
  • Wall thickness range from 5 to 250 mm (depending on material)
  • Short ROI period
  • Complete documentation of production in the database system and standardized process data interface (OPC-UA)

WARP 100

The WARP 100 is an inline pipe measuring system for wall thickness and diameter measurement on up to 38 measuring points and 19 axes. More than 1500 measurements per second ensure a gapless measurement for pipes with particularly high-quality requirements, such as pressure or gas pipes, at line speeds of up to 15 m/min. The WARP 100 in is available in three sizes and can be used to measure diameters from 90 to 630 mm.

The  static sensors of the WARP 100 are aligned around the pipe and measure it continuously and in parallel. Therefore, this is called a " real" 100 % measurement, because every point of the pipe is included in the measurement, independent of pipe dimension and line speed.

The specially designed optical unit allows to focus the radar waves on the pipe centre. Sensors are aligned in a way to make measuring spots overlap so that a strict inspection is guaranteed in extrusion direction.

Measured values such as wall thickness, diameter, ovality, eccentricity or process conditions (e.g. sagging) are recorded with high precision, then documented and used for automatic process control. The standardized process data interface OPC-UA offers further advantages for digitizing production.

Benefits:

  • 100% measurement in the diameter range from 90 to 630 mm (three sizes).
  • Wall thickness range from 5 up to 125 mm (depending on material)
  • Detection of thin spots within the tube
  • 100% documentation of the production according to the specifications
  • Complete documentation of production in the database system and standardized process data interface (OPC-UA)

WARP XXL

The WARP XXL is an inline pipe measuring system for wall thickness and diameter measurement at 8 to 32 measuring points and 4 to 16 axes. This is the solution for large pipes up to 3500 mm in diameter. Thanks to particularly flexible and modular sensor technology, it' s possible to measure even pipes with strong eccentricities to exactly identify and quantify sagging.

For this purpose, the sensors automatically align their measuring points to the pipe so that even small variations from set standard become measurable. Flexibility in the number of sensors makes it possible to increase sensor density where the problem areas in the process are located - for example, in the lower angle position.

Benefits:

  • Diameter range from 630 to 3500 mm
  • Wall thickness range from 5 up to 250 mm (depending on material)
  • Sagging detection
  • Complete documentation of production in the database system and standardized process data interface (OPC-UA)

WARP portable

The WARP portable is a mobile, radar-based handheld measuring device for wall thickness measurement, specially designed for medium and large-sized pipe extrusion. The possible applications are very flexible, whether as a fast-centering aid in the start-up process, for final production control or as a stock control device, the measurement results are immediately available at the push of a button.  Not only wall thicknesses at pipe ends can be measured, also the course inside a pipe section or a plate.

The measurement process takes place at the push of a button. The last 100 measured valuesare stored including the measuring angle on the pipe as well as the time stamp.

Benefits:

  • Hand-held measuring device for wall thicknesses from 5 to 110 mm (depending on material)
  • Data logging including timestamp and measurement position on pipe circumference (last 100 measured values)
  • Intuitive handling
  • Splash-proof housing (IP54)

WARP - Features and secrets

See also our video about the features and secrets of the WARP radar system.