moduloc - Innovators in Laser Measurement and Optical Sensing
Moduloc Control Systems Limited
A United Kingdom manufacturing Company with a 30 year history of supplying Non-Contact Optical Sensors and Measuring Systems to the Metals Industry in providing the latest technology for precise product detection and measurement in the Mill as well as Lasers for crane control and material handling positioning systems.
To improve the service we provide, the metals industry Moduloc has now become part of the Rotalec Group with its head office based in Montreal, Canada and associated American company Rotalec USA inc. in Minnesota with service Centre based in Kentucky.
only does this strengthen the service we provide in North America, but
also provides Moduloc with the sustained engineering support from
Rotalec's high technology Service Centre for supporting the new Laser
based Gauges available from Moduloc for the measure of material width
We provide a wide variety of Optical IR Sensors and Laser Detectors that allow us to offer the ideal total solution for monitoring and measuring the movement of product in the Mill and process line. Our range of Sensors include Hot Metal Detectors (HMDs), Remote Hot Metal Detectors utilizing Optic Lead technology, Scanning HMDs, Optical Position Scanners (Looper), Barrier Lasers, Retro and Diffuse Laser Detectors as well as Remote Head Barrier Photocells utilizing the Optic Lead technology.
In addition we also provide a wide variety of Laser Measuring Devices. Namely, our wide range of Laser Distance Meters and Laser Triangulation Meters as well as liquid metal Level Sensors. Should you requirement be to determine position, width, length, thickness or molten liquid level, we have the technology to meet this need.
Utilizing our wide range of Laser devices we have introduced to the market Laser based C Frame Thickness Gauges for the measurement of red hot metal as it is reduced in the reversing stand on the Rolling Mill as well as a Laser based Strip Thickness Gauge for high resolution measurement of cold metal strip regardless of its alloy content.
In addition to Rotalec's North American Offices Moduloc has an experienced team of International Agents in each Continent to provide local support, that have long-term experience in meeting the needs of the Metals Industry.
Our policy is to provide the latest in technology to meet the ever changing requirements of industry. Our approach to providing measurement technology is not only to provide the client with Laser Measurement Devices and Optical Sensors of our own manufacture, but also introduce measuring technology, be it vision based, tension, and load or velocity measurement from our trading partners. This enables us to offer you the best solution to meet your requirements without compromise.
Moduloc represents the whole solution for detection and measurement on the line, as well as material handling in and around the plant.
Our Hot Metal Detectors (HMDs) and Scanning HMDs
The range of Optical IR
provide to the Steel Industry is most diverse and allows the user to
select the ideal detector to suit individual control needs at each
point in the Rolling Mill or Caster.
Our fully digital PF1000 Series Pathfinder Scanner Hot Metal Detector (Scanning HMD). Operating via Diode Array it is the ideal device for detection of bouncing Rod in the Mill or detecting the leading and trailing edge of hot strip in the Mill regardless of edge profile. Uniquely incorporates automatic gain control as operates via floating Control Margin, thereby evaluating the background IR signal (hot scale or steam blocking the field of view) and ensuring precise detection of the product edge regardless of these changes.
Uniquely incorporates bar display showing the product position with external programming switch (covered) for four precise adjustment of all functions with reference to the bar display. Where the intended area of use has substantially changing levels of IR this makes the Pathfinder the ideal Intelligent Scanner HMD.
Series Trailfinder Optical Position Scanners (Looper).
These fully digital Scanners operate via a diode InGaAs Diode array
providing position of the looped bar or strip in the Mill for control
of mill stand speed in both the normal In-line Rolling Mill and
Cross-country type Mill. Provides the user with an analogue output (as
well as bar display) relative to the bar position in the scanned
vertical field. Again incorporates automatic gain control operating via
floating control margin as used in the Pathfinder so as an Intelligent
Scanner it is the ideal Looper.
Our fully digital
Self-contained Hot Metal Detector (HMD)
with an integral air or water cooling chamber as well as bar display
indicating the relative temperature of the product and background
relative to adjusted trip level (threshold). Uniquely incorporates bar
display showing the IR signal from the passing product with reference
to adjusted trip level with external programming switches (covered) for
precise adjustment of all functions with reference to the bar
Our Remote Style Digital MD95100 Hot Metal Detector utilizing an armoured flexible stainless Optic Lead in variable lengths with a variety of Remote Lens with either spot or slit field of view to ensure very accurate detection of the hot product in the Hot Rolling Mill. Again, incorporates the bar display that shows re relative temperatures seen by the HMD.
Our Under-the-Line Quartz Rod double shrouded air purged Stainless Lens mounting below the line out of harms way and accommodating 1000°C ambient connected to the Remote Controller via 15m of Flexible Stainless Optic lead is for the strip line the ideal HMD.
Our Laser Measurement Gauges
We provide a range of
Measurement Gauges, such as our C Frame Thickness Gauge for Plate
Mills; Width Gauges for measuring width of Slab and Strip as well as
the Shapeline Laser based Gauges for determining plate or strip
flatness or edge profile on Continuous Casters.
Our MDCV 83000 C Frame Laser Thickness Gauge. This Gauge is purpose built to provide the Plate Mill with a Low Cost Thickness Gauge for measuring hot plate in the Plate Mill.
assured as the C Frame is automatically
calibrated off a Certified Standard. The Gauge frame
is protected by "externally mounted" water cooled radiators
and the each
laser is mounted within an independently cooled chamber inside the C
Frame. Supplied complete with Pentium 3 VX Controller in floor standing
Our LD600 Series of Slab Width Gauges. Various models utilizing Laser Distance Meters or Laser Triangulation Meters according the clients accuracy requirements. An Auto-Calibration bar is provided for zeroing the width output. Various Models for measuring off hot or cold slab.
Our Laser Measurement Devices
We provide a comprehensive range of Lasers to cover all applications. Be it lift control, crane positioning, measurement of plate thickness, coil build-up, level control of molten liquid, silo Level or automated machinery positioning. Namely:
Our LT2000 Series of Laser Distance Meters. These low cost yet Robust LDMs incorporate air coolant chamber venting as purge with water coolant chamber option. Operate via visible Class II Laser beam providing excellent range of both natural surfaces (Cold and hot) such as black steel or aluminum as well as off Reflector panels over a range of up to 100m. Used to measure product width or automated machinery positioning. Provided with RS232, RS422 or Profibus Interface option as well as programmable Transistor and analogue output these are most versatile yet low cost Laser Distance Meters.
Our MDCLS Series of Camera Level Sensors. Purpose built for measuring molten liquid aluminium in the casting plant at the header box or Launder. Supplied in secondary stainless that brightens protective enclosure with air purged nozzle to keep out contaminate. As non-contact not subject to wear. Incorporate digital temperature and out-of range alarm as well as auto gain circuit that brightens the laser when heavy smoke on initial fill of the Launder.
Series Laser Distance Meters.
Introducing to the market a Low-Cost yet highly powerful range which now incorporates built in keypad and display with as standard multiple RS232, RS422 and ProfiBus outputs as well programmable 4 - 20mA output.
Operating via Time of Flight (TOF) these are powerful and Intelligent Class I totally eye safe Lasers. Typically used for crane control, both cross travel and long travel of up to 600m as well direct measurement off the product on the crane hoist. Also for width and length measurement off product. Water cooled and Peltier cooled enclosures available to allow use in high ambient. Incorporating multiple programmable safety features to ensure long term reliable operation in harsh environments. Heated reflector Panels are available dockside use. These are high performance Laser Distance Meters.
Our ML Series of Laser Triangulation Meters. Various models with ranges up to 4m providing high resolution measurement of between 10 micron and 0.5mm. Ideal for measuring product thickness and coil winding or tension control as well precise slab width measurement. When connected in master and slave mode automatically provides differential thickness. Available with RS232 or RS422 Interface as well analogue output. When supplied with our CPU absolute thickness or width value provided turning these devices into a total solution Gauge.
Our MLSO2 Series of high precision Laser Scanners. Operating via Laser Triangulation off rotating mirror providing up to 50° arc of measurement these LTMs generate both distance and angular position and thereby provide the user with the profile or width/thickness of the product being measured. Often used as a Width Gauge or for generating edge profile of product on the line.
Models available that allow measurement off hot product at up to 1200 to 1300°C as well as secondary enclosures being available with air, water or Peltier cooling for greater protection.
Our Laser and IR Detectors
The modern mill now requires very accurate detection of product regardless of its temperature or if steam and other contamination in the area of detection. To meet this requirement we provide a variety of purpose built Laser Detectors and IR Photo-cells to meet specific requirements. Namely:
Our LP100 Laser Distance Meter Detector. This exceptionally low cost Distance Meter incorporates LCD Display and keypad removing the need for use of a PC to programme 2 relay outputs and analogue output. As it measures via a Class II visible laser beam, alignment is easily maintained. As available with 75m operating range off a Reflector Panel, this LP100 Laser Distance Meter Detector is also ideal for Collision avoidance on cranes.
Our VR504 Barrier Laser. As operates by time of flight (T.O.F) Class I invisible diverging laser beam it is the ideal Barrier Laser for detection of hot product through the gas flames inside the Re-heat furnace or to detect strip/plate coming through the heavy water spray such as with De-scalers. The VR504 Barrier Laser is purpose built for these difficult applications where most Sensors fail to detect reliably. Incorporates an adjustable alarm that can be set according to percentage of misalignment and contamination. The Receiver has a wider divergence to accommodate substantial mis-alignment it is a most reliable Barrier Laser.
Our MDLT200M Retro Laser Detector provides exceptional 25m range operating from the provided glass prism reflector unit with air cooling and air purge to accommodate high ambient. As this Retro Laser incorporates a built in air coolant chamber is ideal for detecting both hot and cold product. Also, its pencil beam laser beam provides very precise edge detection and being visible is very easy to maintain alignment off the target reflector.
Our LT200HD Diffuse Laser Detector with 20m range incorporates built in air coolant and air purge and operates directly off the product, be it cold or red hot. Provided with programmable switching distance and analogue output as well as RS232 interface for programming of this Diffuse Laser Detector.
Our high visibility MDZ Heavy Duty Laser Emitters are used typically for determining the cut line on plate or positioning of cranes in the warehouse. Beam length is typically twice the mounting height with both Red and Green Laser Emitters available for maximum visibility. Available with Peltier cooling for high ambient areas.
Our Series 4000 Photocell Switches. Various Models with differing connection, Either electrical connection by high temperature Silicone leads or Flexible Stainless Optic Leads to the Remote Lenses with 400°C ambient spec. Commonly used on Bloom Casters and Furnace exits where high ambient continually present thus making these Series 4000 the ideal Photocell.
Our Partners Gauges and Measuring Systems
We offer a wide and diverse variety of Gauge solutions from our partner companies. Gauges for determining Plate thickness, slab width, strip width, strip flatness, product velocity or length as well as Vision Systems for varied applications. Namely:
George Kelk Canada
We proudly represent Kelk in United Kingdom providing the Steel Industry with their sophisticated Sensors for the Rolling Mill. Namely:
Their Rollmax Load Cells for the Mill Stands in the Rolling Mill and Tensiometers for strip line tension control.
Their Accuband Stereoscopic Width Gauge for the Hot and Cold Strip Mill as well as Accuplan Plate profile Gauge for the Plate Mill.
Their Accuspeed Velocity Meters for determining product velocity and length in the rolling mill.
The VLM320 Velocity Meter. Low cost white light Velocity meter providing both length and speed of the passing product, be it strip, extruded aluminium, plastic, bar or tubular product. An optical CCD Sensor determines product movement from grid detection off the CCD illuminated product. Various Pulse outputs provided as Encoder emulation. Models measures of all surfaces and accommodates all line speeds.
The MDL 1000 Series Laser Doppler VelocityMeter
MDL 1000 Series Velocitymeters directly replace traditional high
maintenance problematic contact wheels and rollers connected
Encoders with an accurate 'state-of-the-art' Laser Doppler technology. Provided as a standalone unit or mounted
within a dual water cooled robust stainless steel enclosure for use in
the hot rolling mill. This
Velocitymeter is straight-forward to implement for process
of velocity measurement of wire, rod ,sheet, web and woven, paper or
plastic film product. Offers great versatility
as numerous multiple outputs are provided as standard as well as
further optional outputs being available.
The LX-700 Series of Strip Width Gauges.
Operates via stand-alone
Cameras with comfortable
software for setting of all parameters.
Cameras with 1024 to 8192 pixel resolution and scan rate of up to 35,000/sec are available. Ideal solution for measuring strip width to high precision on the detection of pin holes in the strip. Also incorporates multiple configurable alarms.
non-contact planity measurement of strip flatness. Typically
for Leveler control applications on hardening lines, painting/coating
lines or annealing and on galvanizing lines. Operates by evaluation of
the Laser line generated
onto the strip evaluation of its profile.
PLEASE NOTE: Please be aware that MSE in China is not associated with Moduloc Control Systems. Any implied association with us is a mis-representation and products offered by them that have a liking to our own are not of our original manufacture and design. Please contact us directly in the United Kingdom should MSE make any claim to this effect.
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