Lancaster, Pa.-based Inoex LLC uses the latest radar sensor technology for noncontact measurement of the diameter and wall thickness of pipe as it is being extruded.
The Warp inline product portfolio has a new mechanical design based on dozens of installations around the world, according to Inoex President Adam M. Grier.
"Over the last few years, these installations have proven the underlying radar technology can accurately and reliably measure pipes produced from a range of raw materials during production," Grier said in an email.
The company's radar technology has already been proven suitable nylon, PVC, polyethylene and polypropylene pipe.
"Our customers are using Warp radar technology to obtain insight about their extrusion process, which helps them ensure they are only delivering pipes that meet or exceed relevant industry standards," Grier said.
Inoex offers two system designs: One has eight sensors that measure eight points around the pipe and the other has enough sensors to inspect 100 percent of the pipe.
"Once pipe manufacturers are able to measure their product as it is being made, then they can use our well-proven control algorithms to optimize their extrusion process so that they are not using more raw material than is required by industry standards," Grier said.
Another benefit comes from using the Warp inline series with Inoex's gravimetric technology.
"This can help pipe producers deliver 3-5 percent more sellable pipe from the same amount of raw material, which has become significantly more important since February, when the winter storm in the Gulf Coast disrupted raw material supply chains," Grier said.
Several Inoex customers are already using the radar sensor technology on PVC and PE pipes that move water, oil and gas, Grier said. Customers include members of Uni-Bell PVC Pipe Association and members of the Plastics Pipe Institute.