Partnership Tecnomatic & iBA


Tecnomatic is very proud to announce the collaboration on an ADVANTAGE 500 extrusion line and is excited to be working with iBA, who is a constant source of innovation in the field of the extrusion of plastic pipes.

iBA GmbH based in Melle (Germany) well known as supplier for automated extrusion lines, had decided to address to Tecnomatic as reliable supplier for extruders and pipe heads to be integrated in its ADVANTAGE system. The collaboration for this project has already been operative for several months, and a line equipped with an extruder of the VEGA series and a pipe head VENUS 630, for pipe diameters of 280 to 500 mm, has been shown in a live demonstration to relevant European pipe producers.

The automation of dimensional changes belongs to the challenges in pipe extrusion. If this challenge is successfully met, the highest return is promised which goes side by side with a maximum flexibility and an excellent profitability. The production of medium or large-sized pipe dimensions requires maximum outputs and a maximum line flexibility to meet today‘s demands on short delivery times. On top of that, lot sizes are often small but still the manufacturer has to manage to turn a profit. The technical solution for this challenge lies in the reduction of start-up scrap. Furthermore, line conversion and start-up after dimensional changes are potential sources for savings. ADVANTAGE systems are able to change pipe dimensions within minutes at the push of a button. The line is neither stopped nor converted and dimensioned accessories are no longer needed. Thus, ADVANTAGE efficiently increases output capacities and line flexibility. It substantially contributes to an extrusion line‘s economic efficiency.

During a dynamic change of dimensions, all component parts related to the dimensional adaptation such as the vacuum tank, the calibration sleeve, the pipe support and the sealing are flexibly and automatically adjusted. Adaptation is based on set values which have to be entered into the ADVANTAGE control unit. More detailed information requests about the technical and economic benefits of the ADVANTAGE system can be addressed to the personnel of the two companies, while the efficiency of the entire system can be looked over at the iBA premise, where the ADVANTAGE 500 line with a working range of 280 to 500 mm is kept ready for live demonstrations.