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The Importance of Your Tube and Package Dimensions

Aramid Ripcord for Fiber Optic CableThe tubes and packages you choose for your industrial yarn and thread can have a big impact on your production efficiency. They affect your process, your ability to operate at high speeds, your rate of slowdowns, your overall productivity, and ultimately your success as a company. 

That’s why it’s so important to make the right choices for tubes and packages. To help you zero in on the right selections, let’s look at some important questions to ask.

What’s Your Application?

When selecting tube and package dimensions, making the right choice starts with knowing your application. Consider the end-use and as well as the process it takes to get there.

So, for example, if your industrial sewing process involves heavy duty fabric for the geotextile manufacturing, your tubes and packages will need to match this very specific end-use.  Geotextile manufacturers use both stationary and handheld sewing machines and the package size is important for maximizing production efficiency.

If you are manufacturing beverage hoses, you will likely require a very firm precision wound package for high speed processing. It is also important to choose the right fiber and construction to ensure the burst strength, kink resistance and flexibility meets your customers requirements. The industrial yarn package size you choose could affect the quality of the end product, so making the right selection is extremely important.

What’s Your Setup?

Your specific setup is also a crucial part of tube and package selection. Review how your creels and equipment are set up, including the dimensions around your package holder and any end-to-end process concerns that are unique to your manufacturing process.

For example, braiding equipment and spiral winders are common in industrial hose manufacturing. This involves constant package movement that means you’ll need tubes and cones that can withstand high speeds and are specific to your processing equipment. Binders and ripcords are also used in cable manufacturing and typically require much different packages sizes and types depending on how they are being introduced to the cable. 

To confirm what’s best for you, ask setup-related questions like:

  • What equipment are we using and how does the yarn need to payoff?
  • What are the dimensions around the creels are we using?
  • How is the creel designed and where are the tension devices positioned?
  • What are the dimensions of the tube or cone holder?
  • Is it stationary or does the package move during processing?
  • Are we using braiding or spiral wrapping?

With all of this in mind, consider which dimensions of tubes and packages will work best. When it’s time to order, make sure to clarify vital tube and package specs like:

  • The part number and package type 
  • The tube length
  • The traverse
  • The package outside diameter
  • The core inside diameter
  • The desired package weight
  • Any other special considerations

Which Types of Equipment are Involved?

Your equipment is a very important factor. Do you use common brands and types of equipment? Or do you use unusual machines that may require specialty sizing? 

Braiders, binders, and other commonly-used processing equipment often use certain standard types of tubes and packages. You may need an arbor or yarn package holder and should consider the diameter of the package.

If you are running extremely high-speed equipment, you’ll need a certain type of package build and tube or cone to handle it. Some of the common brand-name braiders, spiral winders and knitters are:

A few of the common single and dual end binder equipment for wire and cable include:

For binders, the number of ends of yarn and how they payoff can be critical, you may need multiple ends to lay side by side for extra coverage around the cable or to pay off separately and crossbind around the cable core

What About Quality? Price? Value?

It’s always important to maintain the right balance of price and quality when selecting these products and often a higher-quality option can reduce stoppages and improve productivity. Service Thread offers a variety of materials and package options for industrial manufacturing applications to keep your process running smoothly and efficiently. 

If you need assistance with selecting the right product for your process, we’re here to help. Contact us today for the best material and package size for your application.

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