SteegerUSA has experience integrating a variety of heating elements within our braiding system. Some applications benefit from the use of an in-line heater system. The heat can be applied in two different ways, radiant heat or regulated hot air. Radiant heat is normally used to heat the core/mandrel before braiding takes place. In-line hot air is normally used after the braid lays onto the core/ mandrel. The heats softens core/mandrel material allowing it to become compliant. This allows the braid to imbed into the product.
There are also applications for polymer fibers, the heat allows bonding of the braided fibers for increased torque ability and strength. Other applications utilize a heated center tube or cone to heat the braid material as it forms onto the core material. Contact us today to determine how we can customize your machine for optimal performance.