Higher control accuracy in hot rolling mill due to direct encoder attachment
- No mechanical play because solution requires no transfer gearbox or additional couplings
- Directly attachable compact U-ONE basic unit
- EMI safe signal transmission via fiber optic cable
- Improved material quality due to higher control accuracy
Side guides are used to centre the metal strips upstream of the roll stands. In some cases, mechanical cam limit switches and / or absolute encoders are still used for position detection and control. Attachment to the available shaft end of the drive is a widespread solution. To improve control accuracy and, as a consequence, the quality of the material the customer desires a directly mounted, compact solution without a downstream transfer gearbox (gear backlash). The same demands apply to adjusting the screw downs for thickness control.
The advantage of the modular U-ONE® system from Johannes Hübner Giessen is that just the universal basic device is mounted to the side-guide, while the functional modules are housed externally in the switchboard. A fiber optic cable is used to achieve the EMI safe connection, a solution that offers considerable savings with regard to cabling time and costs. The system is programmed via a central USB interface. The system is easily extended with the series (side-by-side) plug-in function modules in conjunction with the low-cost of spare parts.