UDA (Universal Dancer Accumulator)

Our UDA is a universally configurable dancer and accumulator system which serves crucial functions in a REELEX line. These functions include precisely controlling overall line tension, accumulating product when the line is changing speed or when stopped, and providing feedback to control the speed of the motorized payoff.



The key to precise tension control.

A dancer system is required equipment on any REELEX packaging line, as even tension control is essential to producing quality REELEX coils. The dancer’s purpose is to control the speed of the incoming product by sending signals to the motorized payoff or accumulator. By being the intermediary between input and output, REELEX’s UDA controls overall line tension, while also serving as an accumulator to temporarily store product and smooth out the sudden stops and starts of the REELEX coiling machine.

Universal Dancer Accumulator (UDA) Overview


Updated Components

Working together.

The UDA utilizes the latest in tension control components, including a laser potentiometer for zero-tune positioning, a digital air regulator. that is controlled via REELEX HMI and a self-lubricating cylinder which improves reliability and disassociates the lubrication function from the air supply. The components work together with the proven high-performance sheaves to offer exceptional response with delicate product handling.

Two-Stage Tension Control

Handle gently.

When used in combination with the G2 or G3 control system, REELEX’s UDA dancers feature HMI-programmable tension control via digital air regulator and high-flow cylinder. This means each product can have their ideal tension control map, helping to mitigate the effects of physical pressure placed on the cable at the crossover point. What does that mean? That means high performance data cables stay high performance, with less physical deformities.


Truly universal.

Unlike previous dancer systems, the new Universal Dancer Accumulator (UDA), is a modular unit which can be customized depending on demands for input/output heights, direction, motors, counters and more. The UDA may also be reconfigured in the field, allowing the unit to accommodate variations in line direction, or changes in products or packaging.

The UDA is included as part of the Accumulator system, if packaging online.


The UDA is used in both offline (rewind from supply reel) and online (input from constant-speed source such as extruder). In online configurations, the UDA is included as part of the AC-300 or AC-500 accumulator system. The standard UDA comes as a base model with 9-inch sheaves, no counter, and no motor. The 9-inch (229mm) sheaves are suitable for heavier constructions such as coaxial cable, while a 15-inch (381mm) sheave upgrade is standard for category cable and fiber optics. The 15-inch sheaves are engineered by REELEX Packaging Solutions especially for REELEX coiling, as their lightweight design drastically reduces the amount of rotational inertia in the line.


Capacity40 feet (12m)
Recommended Unit - OfflineUDA-15-4C-0H - Includes 15-inch high-performance sheaves and 4-pulse counter. Six-foot (183cm) tall dancer system equipped with accumulation function, nine sheaves (5 over 4), laser potentiometer control, digital air regulator, one sheave for input. Capacity: 40 feet (12m)
Recommended Unit - OnlineUDA-15-4C-1H - Includes 15-inch high-performance sheaves and 4-pulse counter. Six-foot (183cm) tall dancer system equipped with accumulation function, nine sheaves (5 over 4), laser potentiometer control, digital air regulator, one sheave for input and a motor driven capstan. Capacity: 40 feet (12m)
Maximum Line Speed2,000 feet per minute maximum (610mpm)
Minimum Applied Tension0psi - not including weight of product
Maximum Applied Tension30psi (2bar)
ControllerPassive control feeds signal to payoff or accumulator via laser potentiometer positioning. Air pressure controlled via REELEX HMI.
SheavesHigh Performance 15-inch sheaves standard, 9-inch aluminum sheaves optional. Others available on request.
ColorEquipment is painted Sky Blue (RAL 5015) unless otherwise specified at time of order. Custom paint other than RAL 5015 is a extra charge option for new equipment.
Air-Supply Requirement70 psi (5 bar) minimum air supply required.
Power Supply RequirementPower supply required only if equipped with motor: 230 v (+/- 10%), 3 phase, 40 amps, 50/60 Hz. Transformer is available upon request.


Pricing - Machine
UDA for Rewind-Line Operation$14,000.00
UDA for Online Operation$16,400.00
Crating ChargeTypically Included with REELEX Machine

All prices EXW, Patterson, NY, USA. Prices subject to change without notice. Prices effective Jan 1, 2020. *Royalties adjusted annually per the CPI-U inflation index.


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