East Granby, Conn. – When Scott Boynton from Joining Technologies Inc. presented "A continuous web system for joining of similar feed metals" at the May 4th ALAW meeting in Plymouth, Mich., he was seemingly surprised at the number of questions posed by the large audience.
As a young engineer, he apparently had no idea of the history of frustration experienced by certain industries when it came to precision butt joining thin (< 0.20 in.) strip to make a continuous roll. Many in the audience had specific questions that Scott apparently took back to his company.
As a consequence (probably just coincidentally) JTI just announced plans to add new features and functionality to its innovative Infinite Web all-in-one coil joiner, a system noted for its non-contact splicing process that incorporates laser cutting and welding with a single head. The new features will enable the splicing of titanium coils as well as splicing on a 15 degree bias as an alternative to forming perpendicular joints. This latter was a question raised at ALAW by several welding engineers.
Designed by welders to handle material thicknesses from 0.002 to 0.040 inch, the Infinite Web uses coaxial optics to verify proper positioning and provide precise and accurate splices. Both cutting and welding operations are automatic and non-contact.
"It’s a quantum leap from the splicing equipment currently seen in metal converting plants," said company president Dave Hudson. "The system offers a user friendly, streamlined design with optimal safety features. The Infinite Web automatically prepares the coil ends and delivers the finest weld possible each and every time the Start button is touched, all in less than 3 minutes.
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