An Israel-based manufacturer of steel pipe is using Micro-Epsilon’s scanCONTROL 2710 laser profile scanner to ensure that the weld seam produced during the pipe manufacturing process is absolutely leak tight. This is essential as the pipes produced by the Middle East Tube Company (Metco), are used for transporting sewage, water, oil or gas.

The pipe material is joined to a pipe using the spiral welding technique. The positioning of the metal sheets for this process was previously carried out manually. However, the difficulties in aligning the pipes accurately resulted in continual problems.

Using the scanCONTROL 2710, the positioning process is now performed automatically. The calculated profile information is used to directly control the positioning process. The optional output unit performs the conversion of this data via FireWire.