TTS Systems, a UK-based manufacturer of innovative web tension measurement and control products, is moving from Ashford, Kent to Wellingborough, Northamptonshire. This will improve final assembly and testing, while also providing space for research and development.
John Tyrrell, Managing Director, says "TTS has been leading the way in the design of tension transducers (cartridge and flat bed loadcells), instrumentation and controllers since 1998. We are also able to provide custom-engineered bespoke solutions based around our standard products, which can reduce the system design costs and delivery times."
Web tension and control products from TTS are used extensively in the paper, process, converting, plastic film and web printing industries. In fact any material on a roll or reel that is processed through an automated machine can have its tension measured and controlled this way, resulting in improved quality of the end product, reduced waste and scrap material, and increased production speeds in many cases.
Web tension is measured from the wrapped roller using strain gauged loadcells. The signal is fed into the signal conditioning amplifier and the resulting signal can then be displayed as the measured value or processed further to control the web tension via a TTS closed-loop controller. In turn, the controller can regulate the speed of the drive, brake or clutch, thereby ensuring constant material tension throughout the process.
Working with system builders, OEMs and end users, TTS provides technical support and backup in the UK and Europe through its own staff or distribution partners. The company is currently seeking to grow its distribution network in mainland Europe and would like to hear from interested parties.