We recently caught up with Tim Roddy, Erhardt + Leimer’s technical sales manager, who discussed the most problematic of the three tension zones, the value proposition of tension control equipment and future industry trends
A: (We’ve) released several versions of the DC-62 tension controller. It is available in panel mount or in a standalone enclosure. It has the ability to monitor or control tension, and is unique in that it will work in many tension applications (unwind, rewind, transport). It will work with several styles of load cells, open loop sensors and dancer applications. The DC-62 interfaces with motor drives, brakes and clutches (electric or pneumatic). It offers 4-20ma and 0-10 VDC output. By using a 24 DC volt coil magnetic particle brake or clutch, there is no need for additional hardware. The constant current power supply is built in. This means fewer parts to keep track of and no additional mounting requirements, as well as a reduced cost. You are able to save the cost of an added power supply.