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The standard Coiltek loop control model, the CS-5000, comes in three different stand heights. Last time I discussed the benefits of the CS-5000-15XX, which comes with a 15″ tall stand and a customer-dictated boom length (represented by the XX in the name). This time, we will talk about the next size up, the CS-5000-54XX.

The CS-5000-54XX, as the name suggests, features a 54″ tall stand and a variable boom length, which is dictated by customer need. If, for instance, you need to position your loop control further away from the line or have wide stock, choose a longer boom. If you want your stand closer to your line, choose a shorter boom. When ordering a stand, the XX in the part number can be replaced by the chosen boom length. You can choose between many boom lengths, from 11″ to 48″. The most popular combination boom length for the 54″ tall stand is the 11″ boom, otherwise known as a CS-5000-5411.

The CS-5000-54XX can be used over pits, if necessary, and with a variety of different materials, from steel to plastic tubing. This reliable, adaptable system can also be used with a world of accessories to enhance its performance, such as the CTAC-2 sound isolation cone, the Hammerhead multiple transducer assembly, and the 3CPO, which grants remote access to 3 preset programs.

For more information on any of our products, including the entire CS-5000 series, please visit our main website, check out our brochures, and of course, don’t hesitate to contact us.

The CS-5000-15xx

Coiltek makes each CS-5000 loop control to order, so that each order is a custom job. We have tried to both taylor our line to specific applications, and also to make our products generally applicable to the various continuous process applications that would use a non-contacting loop control such as ours.

When we designed the CS-5000-15xx we had a specific application in mind. This compact stand height, with the variable boom length represented by the xx, is particularly well-adapted to use with threading tables. The heavy-duty steel stand has two tabs at the bottom, which can be bolted to the table, and with boom lengths available between 11″ and 48″, you are sure to find exactly the length you need.

If you would like more information on the CS-5000-15xx or any of our high quality, American made loop controls, please contact us.

The CS-5140 from Coiltek

As promised, todays topic is the specialty branch of the CS-5100 series of sonic controls: The CS-5140. This ultrasonic controls is distinguished from all of our other controls by the addition of three extra transducers, meaning that this model has 4 total ultrasonic transducers within the boom.

Like the CS-5100, the CS-5140 has no stand and is comprised of the boom (sometimes called the nose) which contains the special MX4 transducer board, a 15′ long 9-conductor cable, and an electrical enclosure containing our state-of-the-art, all new CB-5501M control board.

The necessity for a multiple transducer array can be seen in any line with vertical or horizontal stock movement. The CS-5140 can cope with either, depending on the chosen orientation, and accurately sense the stock height even with loop movement, by substantially widening the sensing area of the unit.

For more on this, please read our flyer on our ultrasonic arrays. If you have any questions or would like a quote, please contact us.

The CS-5100 Line of Ultrasonic Loop Controls

Here at Coiltek we sometimes joke that the CS-5100 line of loop controls are the Jan Brady of our loop control family. The tall, industry standard CS-5000 series is the Marsha, getting lots of attention for its adaptability and capable, reliable handling of lines big and small. The CS-6200 is the baby of the family, a small, affordable line that is perfect for many applications, such as plastic medical tubing, and representing a large step up for those looking to replace an existing Sonatrol unit.

Then there’s our CS-5100 series. It’s the proverbial middle child. It’s smaller than the CS-5000, because it lacks a stand, but it’s just as powerful, since it features the same new and updated CB-5501M control board. However, like the CS-6200 it is small, consisting of just an 11″ tubular housing (the nose or boom) containing the sensor, a 15′ long cable, and an electrical enclosure containing the powerful new CB-5501M control board.

The best of both worlds, the CS-5100 is as powerful as it is portable, and while you may not move it much within your shop, it’s small size is a boon when it comes to shipping costs. Likewise, all the accessories for our loop controls, from the Hammerhead, to the Cone of Silence, to the 3CPO are all compatible with these small but mighty units.

This series also has some very special add-ons for wide stock applications, which we will look at tomorrow. In the meantime, if you would like more information on our CS-5100 series of sonic loop controls, please visit our website, check out our brochures, and contact us.

Replacement for Waddington Sona-Trol

We have had several inquiries as to whether or not our Coiltek ultrasonic controls can be used as replacements for the Sona-Trol systems created by Waddington Electric. The answer is a resounding yes. Our recently updated control systems represent the perfect replacement for a Sonatrol system.

In addition to being completely up-to-date and easy to use, our loop control systems are backed by a warranty and lifetime phone support from our expert staff. We stand behind our products and strive to provide the absolute best product and service available in loop control systems.

For more information on our industry standard product, please check out our main website site. There you can find information on our products, all of our manuals, as well as brochures. We are always available to speak with you, so if you would like to learn more about our capabilities or receive a quote, please contact us.

The CTAC-2 “Cone of Silence” from Coiltek

At Coiltek we try to anticipate any issues that our customers may have and create a solution. One such issue when using an ultrasonic loop control system is off-axis ultrasonic interference. This interference can be caused by things such as nearby blow-off hoses and can cause a unit to behave in strange ways.

Luckily we have devised a simple solution to issues of ultrasonic interference: The CTAC-2, nicknamed the “Cone of Silence”, the CTAC-2 is a cast aluminum cone lined with acoustic foam, which slides easily over the boom of your existing unit and absorbs any off-axis interference.

If you have any questions or comments on the CTAC-2 or any of our high quality no-touch loop control systems or accessories, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Repairs and Replacement Parts

At Coiltek we know that new equipment is a big investment and that equipment that has to work, just has to work.

Our equipment is built to stand the test of time. Using steel enclosures and stands and building our electronic components to last means that in all likelihood, you won’t need to replace your Coiltek unit any time soon. In fact, we are still getting calls to help update working systems from over 20 years ago.

If something should go wrong in the first year of owning your Coiltek unit, however unlikely that may be, any inherent failure of the boards is covered under the warranty. If you should need a replacement for a defective board, we will send you a replacement board and will cover UPS ground shipping to your location, as well as the shipping for returning the defective board to us. After the warranty expires, the parts can be repaired for a minimal fee, which at this point is $150 per board.

We also sell parts for all of our units, which means you don’t have to order a whole new system to get up and running again. If you have an older system and would like to update it, we have you covered: All of our systems are backwards compatible, meaning that our new boards work as well with our older models as they do with our new systems. For instance, 20 some years ago we created a system called the CS-4300. While all the electrical components of the CS-4300 are obsolete, the new electrical components of our current CS-5000 system have been specifically designed to fit this older model of stand, making updating your old unit into the equivalent of a brand new model as easy as purchasing two boards and a cable.

For more information on repairs and replacement boards, check out our website. If you have questions or would like an RMA number to send a board in for repair, please contact us.

Ultrasonic Arrays

Here at Coiltek we spend a lot of time finding solutions for the problems our customers bring to us. We are known for ability to create simple solutions for complex problems. One example of how this ability to innovate has driven our product line can be seen in the variety of ultrasonic loop control products we manufacture.

Our loop controls come in various heights, boom lengths, and can be customized further by choosing from several arrangements of ultrasonic elements. This variety allows us to solve vertical and horizontal loop movement issues, sense thick stock and thin stock with equal precision, and ensure that every line runs as smoothly as possible.

For more information on why the number and arrangement of ultrasonic elements is important and what problem each of our several arrangements solves, please visit our ultrasonic arrays flier.

If you have a loop control problem that you need help solving, a comment, or a question, please contact us.

Sneak Peak of the All New CS-6202 Loop Control

The next step in the evolution of ultrasonic controls is here: The CS-6202 from Coiltek. This no-touch ultrasonic loop control system is small (about 4′ tall), but mighty. It is sensitive enough to “see” even the thinnest stocks and equipped with all the same standard features you’ve come to expect from Coiltek’s industry standard sonic loop controls: On-board storage for up to 8 distinct programs, 0-10 VDC  and 4-20 mA output, easy remote set-up via computer with on-board USB port, and instant push button manual calibration. The new CS-6202 also comes with a potentiometer on the exterior of the electrical enclosure, for easy sensitivity adjustments.

Ideal applications for this product are wire and plastic tubing, such as for medical and automotive applications. For more information on this or any other Coiltek product, please don’t hesitate to contact usCS-6202 edited 1.

Software and Programming to Optomize Loop Control Flexibility

One of the best things about Coiltek sonic loop control systems is their flexibility. Not only is every system a custom build, with customers choosing between two distinct lines of loop controls, the CS-5000 V2 and the CS-6200, and a world of accessories, but the options to customize your loop control don’t stop there.

Our loop control systems have on-board program storage, meaning that up to 8 distinct programs can be housed on the board at any given time. Up to three of those programs can be accessed remotely with our 3CPO option, and all of them can be programmed remotely using a computer.

Each board is equipped with a USB port which, after downloading our free software CSWin32, allows the user to interface directly with the board. The main screen even allows users to view a graph created by stock moving through the sensing range.

To learn more about the free CSWin32 software, please visit the software page. For more information on any of our products, help placing an order, or to request a quotation, please contact us.