Caterpillar options & accessories

A range of optional items & accessories to optimize your Gillard machine. These can enhance the standard machine to improve performance & give access to a range of special features.

Cutter options and accessories

A range of optional items & accessories to optimize your Gillard machine. These can enhance the standard machine to improve performance & give access to a range of special features.

Coiling machines & Pay-off systems

Single or twin head coilers ‐ Single & multiple head pay-offs

Coiling machines:

Our range of low tension semi-automatic coilers are designed for smaller flexible tube & profile, where a more delicate coil is required.

We have single & twin head machines is a range of formats & styles:

  • Single-head – servo & mechanical traverse.
  • Twin-head – vertical & horizontal format – servo & mechanical traverse.

Pay-offs & de-coilers:

An extensive selection of single & multiple head de-coilers for use with our Servo-Torq® rotary cutters & Braid-Cut™ circular blade cutters:

  • Table top de-coilers for small tubing.
  • Horizontal turntable de-coilers for tube & hose.
  • Braked pay-offs for tube & hose.
  • Motorised drum de-coilers.
  • Multiple-head de-coilers for up to eight drums.

Coil head options

A range of reels, drums or collapsible core mandrels are available to suit a variety of extruded products & coiling requirements.

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Downstream equipment of food extrusion

Special cutters & puller units designed for extruded food products such as toasted bread, croutons, bread sticks & dog chews.

All machines are finished to the highest hygiene standards, with FDA approved materials being used where appropriate.

Conveyor collection systems

A conveyor belt positioned after the cutter will automate cut piece collection. It gives improved cut length accuracy & cut quality by supporting the extrusion as it exits the cutter.

This can also enhance quality by automatically separating scrap cut lengths from good product.

The most popular type of collection system is the high pressure air jet option, where cut lengths are blown off the side of the belt.

The air nozzle design spreads the air blast over the widest belt area, to ensure a smooth discharge of the cut length into the collection bin.

Mechanical plough & push-off arms are also available. Multiple bin collection systems can be configured, with separate zones for scrap lengths.

Cutting systems for cuffed & bubble tube

Special sensing systems for cuffed, corrugated, bubble & taper tubing.

These systems can be fitted to our range of Servo-Torq® fly-knife rotary cutters.

A variety of sensing systems can be provided:

  • Digital camera.
  • Optical sensor.
  • Laser.
  • Photo-electric.

Circular blade cutters & saws

To accompany our range of rotary fly-knife rotary cutters, we also have an extensive selection of circular blade cutting systems for tougher extruded products.

  • Travelling saws for rigid plastic pipe & profile.
  • Metal-Cut™ circular blade cutters for metal reinforced profiles.
  • Braid-Cut™ circular blade cutters for stainless steel braided tube & hose.

Caterpillar belt haul-off/pullers

Belt lengths from 250 mm to 1800 mm.

A range of tough twin-belt caterpillar haul-off units designed to handle the vast majority of extrusion pulling & feeding requirements.

All our caterpillar machines now feature direct-drive motors; one motor/drive per belt, for improved pulling power via sealed-for-life gearboxes.

Both the Accra-Pull™ (free-standing units) & Accra-Feed™ (combined with a cutting machine) are available in two performance levels, Vector Standard (VS) & Ultra-Accurate™ (UA) Servo:

VS Vector Standard – The choice for general-purpose pulling:

  • Digital AC Vector drive technology from Lenze for near-servo performance.
  • Twin direct-drive motors with tough worm reduction gearboxes.
  • Dual Vector drives for perfect belt speed synchronisation.
  • Analog 10-turn potentiometer belt speed control (digital control available).

UA Servo Plus – For high linespeeds & the tightest extrusion tolerances:

  • Digital AC servo drive technology from Siemens & Lenze.
  • Twin direct-drive servo motors with zero backlash planetary gearboxes.
  • Dual digital servo drives for the ultimate in belt speed synchronisation & control.
  • Ultra-precise digital belt speed adjustment with colour touch-screen control.

Servo-Torq® fly-knife rotary cutters

The Servo‐Torq® range of fly‐knife rotary cutters extend from table‐top versions to ultra-high performance machines. Cutting capacities range up to 300 mm outer diameter with six levels of cutting power.

Every Servo‐Torq® cutter uses the latest digital AC technology to control the flying knife rotary blade cutting action. The high speed slicing cut action ensures optimum cut quality. The latest software control is used to ensure precise cut length control at the highest cut rates.

Two performance levels are available to ensure that your cutting requirements & budget can be precisely matched:

Servo‐Torq® Standard – robust all-round performance:

  • Widest range of cutting capacities & motor powers.
  • Colour touch screens – 109 mm (4.3”) or 178 mm (7.0”).
  • Digital AC servo drive technology from Lenze.
  • Blade lubrication for improved cut quality.

Servo‐Torq® Plus - for the highest cut rates & tightest length tolerances:

  • Automatic step-less cutting from 1 to 2,000 cuts/minute.
  • High resolution colour touch screens – 178 mm (7”), 229 mm (9”) or 308 mm (12”).
  • Siemens Simotion multi-axis digital AC servo drive control system.
  • Remote support with integrated internet router and wireless antenna.
     

Servo-Torq® rotary cutters

Servo-Torq® fly-knife rotary cutters

The Servo‐Torq® range of fly‐knife rotary cutters extend from table‐top versions to ultra-high performance machines. Cutting capacities range up to 300 mm outer diameter with six levels of cutting power.

Every Servo‐Torq® cutter uses the latest digital AC technology to control the flying knife rotary blade cutting action. The high speed slicing cut action ensures optimum cut quality. The latest software control is used to ensure precise cut length control at the highest cut rates.

Two performance levels are available to ensure that your cutting requirements & budget can be precisely matched:

Servo‐Torq® Standard – robust all-round performance:

  • Widest range of cutting capacities & motor powers.
  • Colour touch screens – 109 mm (4.3”) or 178 mm (7.0”).
  • Digital AC servo drive technology from Lenze.
  • Blade lubrication for improved cut quality

Servo‐Torq® Plus - for the highest cut rates & tightest length tolerances:

  • Automatic step-less cutting from 1 to 2,000 cuts/minute.
  • High resolution colour touch screens – 178 mm (7”), 229 mm (9”) or 308 mm (12”).
  • Siemens Simotion multi-axis digital AC servo drive control system.
  • Remote support with integrated internet router and wireless antenna.

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