Each head applies multiple tapes with standard tape tensions up to 1kN. The machine follows a signal from an upstream caterpillar and, with the use of dedicated software, lays the tapes accurately to the required specification. Typically supplied in multiples of 2 tape heads, the heads rotate in opposite directions to cancel out the rotation forces generated when applying the tapes.
Up to 16 RTP taping machines can be configured in an RTP taping line to provide multiple reinforcement layers.
The pipe made by these machines is widely used in the oil & gas, and water and district heating markets.
Ridgway also supply heating and consolidation units to fuse each reinforcement layer in the manufacture of Thermoplastic Composite Pipe (TCP).
Servo drives for precise layering control.
Graduated sector plates fitted to all final rollers for precise angle adjustment.
Automated positioning system for accurate tape application.
Close loop controlled electronic braking for precise and constant tape tensioning.
Control cabinet with remote diagnostics.
Modern control system interfaces with other production line equipment – such as caterpillars and carousel drum stands.
Haul through caterpillars and drum stands can also be supplied to create a complete RTP taping line.