Sensitive Wire Feeder (SWF) Celebrates 10th Anniversary
10 years ago Eutect GmbH developed the world’s first and so travel only force-controlled wire feeder, the SWF. The SWF is used in particular in the field of laser soldering. In the context of the 10th anniversary, the SWF has been refined once again.
“The SWF is one of our most successful modules”, stated Matthias Fehrenbach, CEO of Eutect GmbH, joyfully. In 2008 he developed the force-controlled wire feeder in the context of a student research project. In the years that followed the module was continuously refined, and now in its latest version is also going into the third dimension. “During the further development our focus was on weight reduction, improved servicing capability as well as increased flexibility, in particular for robot applications”, emphasized Fehrenbach.
The entire module was slimmed down by almost 300 g. New drive rollers and an optimized wire guide enable simple and fast adaptation of the module to different wire thicknesses. Furthermore, through these improvements the servicing is facilitated, because the key components of the module are easily accessible. Likewise, in future the wire reels can be freely integrated. This is enabled by means of a supply tube, through which the wire is guided.
A further optimization is the module’s inclination detection. As a result, with immediate effect the module can also be employed for 3D resurfacing welding as well as installed on a 6-axis robot. “In particular the use on a robot arm enables new opportunities for us to offer 100% process-oriented solutions for our customers. Due to the third dimension of use as well as the freely integrable wire reel, we gain further flexibility and new possibilities for the realization of complex customer projects”, explained Fehrenbach.
The control of the SWF has also been expanded. Thanks to a newly developed, compact control unit with the name EcoGerD, even more parameters and interfaces can be activated and regulated via the user interface. The visualization has also been simplified and enables fast and uncomplicated use of the control system. “We are already looking forward to the delighted customers, who can solve the tasks of tomorrow with the further development, and that we will celebrate even more product anniversaries”, stated Fehrenbach.