Officials from Pipe Coil Technology Ltd. (Booth E12747) say European pipe extruders view automatic coiling as a natural extension of the extrusion line.
Sam Mascorro and Gordon Fiddes want to make it that way in the North American market, too.
They are boasting some impressive statistics on automatic coiling business in the United States so far. Just last year, Pipe Coil Technology experienced 200 percent growth stateside. The United States is the company's biggest export market. Fiddes started the firm in 1993 after a career in engineering for the offshore and subsea industries.
``The more I had contact with plastics companies, the more obvious it became that it would be good as a separate business,'' Fiddes said in a June 22 interview at McCormick Place.
Headquartered in Wallsend, England, the firm now employs 35. Mascorro, president of Kraloy Inc., represents Pipe Coil Technology for North America.
``North America is ripe for business to grow,'' said Mascorro. ``Pipe producers are just now grasping this.'' As far as potential competition, Mascorro said, ``We don't see anybody on the horizon. Absolutely no one.''
Automatic coiling boasts several advantages, officials said, especially with the current state of the polyethylene pipe market: increased extrusion rates, reduced labor and worker safety. Extruders have achieved line speed improvements of up to 100 percent through automatic coiling rather than investing in another extrusion line.
Pipe Coil Technology is getting into other products, too, such as machines that cut plastic pipe and profiles without creating dust or chips. The cutting head is mounted on a servo-driven carriage with a line speed reference taken from a high-resolution encoder that runs on the product at the inlet to the machine, according to company literature.
``We haven't seen anything in the way of it before,'' Fiddes said. The machine cuts at a rate of 25 cuts per minute and can be programmed for continuous cutting to a fixed length or for multiple batch quantities of varying lengths, officials said.