bt 188 T
40 years cutting edge

bt 188 T


  • bt 188 T Wire twister

    bt 188 T Semiautomatic wire twister

  • bt 188 T Semiautomatic wire twister

    bt 188 T Semiautomatic wire twister

  • bt 188 T Semiautomatic wire twister

    bt 188 T Semiautomatic wire twister

  • bt 188 T Semiautomatic wire twister

    bt 188 T Semiautomatic wire twister

  • bt 188 T Semiautomatic wire twister

    bt 188 T Semiautomatic wire twister

  • bt 188 T Wire twister - Samples

    bt 188 T Wire twister - Samples

Highly efficient twisting specialist

  • Simple, intuitive operation
  • High production speed with one operator
  • Process parameters calculated in relation to final product
  • Networking possibilities with MIKO
  • Stringent quality assessments before  production approval
  • Outstanding processing quality
  • Reliable results at all times
  • Able to automatically bind both ends with cloth or PVC tape as option
  • Able to twist three or four wires without any pitch errors as option


Superb twisting quality and high speed – these are the hallmarks of the bt 188 T semiautomatic twisting machine. It is also easy to operate, attractively priced and guarantee fantastic performance. When combined with the new optional spot taping unit, the bt 188 T binds both wire ends using cloth or PVC tape.

Maximum precision for excellent process reliability

The bt 188 T is capable of twisting two to four wires with excellent results. The parameters can be adjusted as required, which the machine then uses to automatically calculate the required cut length. For example, you can vary the final twisted length, the pitch length, the wire cross section, the outer wire diameter and the open ends. This minimizes the amount of test material consumed when setting up a new product and ensures that everything is ready for production in no time. The intuitive TopTouch user interface makes the system extremely easy to work with. New products can be programmed and existing ones loaded quick and simple. Up to 1200 different articles can be stored.

New and unique: fully automatic spot taping unit

The integrated spot taping unit is only available for the bt 188 T. The unit binds small tapes of cloth or PVC to the twisted cable ends to avoid unwinding during transport and assembly. Customers also have the option of upgrading their existing systems with this market innovation from Komax.

  • Automatic taping
  • Taping unit position kept constant in relation to center of wire
  • Both wire ends taped simultaneously

Increased quality requirements

There is a constant increase in the number of communication wires used in cars and in the level of quality demanded. However, the unwanted enlargement of open wire ends is impairing data transmission quality. The way to overcome this problem is to bind the wire ends. The automatic taping process constantly and accurately maintains the same position and ensures that the open end remains compact and within the defined specifications.

Outstanding options available with
the bt 188 T

  • A spot taping unit can be integrated to enable precise and automatic binding. This processes both wire ends simultaneously.
  • It is also possible to integrate a high-precision multi-conductor twisting unit that is capable of handling three or four wires. This produces perfect results without any pitch errors. The uniform pitch length and high level of consistency across the entire twisted wire length guarantees excellent performance every time.
  • The MIKO option allows networking for a fast and error-free setup of articles and a great transparency along the value chain. Automatically provided events can be used for further procedures (e.g. automatically printed labels with customer software after production of batch).


  • Integrated taping unit
  • Flat grippers for twisting three or four wires
  • Highly precise multi­conductor twisting
  • Up to three extensions (machine can be extended from 3 m up to 12 m)
  • Bottom/top feed tray
  • Table base
  • Foot pedal
  • Spacer holder for short twisted lengths
  • Moving operating button for gripper closing
  • MIKO (Manufacturing Interface Komax)


Wire cross sections 2×0.08mm²–2×4.0mm² (2×AWG28–2×AWG11)
3×0.08mm²–3×2.5mm² (3×AWG28–3×AWG14)
4×0.08mm²–4×2.5mm² (4×AWG28–4×AWG14)
Pitch length 8 – 50 mm (± 5 mm*) (0.31 – 1.97 in)
Length open ends Side 1: 25 – 190 mm (0.98 – 7.48 in), adjustable
Side 2: 25 – 85 mm (0.98 – 3.35 in), adjustable
Difference between open ends  0 – 60 mm (0 – 2.36 in)
Final twisted lengths Approx. 200 – 2’300 mm (approx. 7.87 – 90.55 in)**/***
Approx. 200 – 11’300 mm (approx. 7.87 – 444.9 in)**/*** optional
Min. wire length with highly precise multi-conductor ­twisting option 300 mm (11.81 in)
Min. wire length with spot taping unit option 700 mm (27.56 in.)
Electrical connection  115/230 V, 50/60 Hz
Compressed-air connection 4 – 6 bar (58 – 87 psi)
Weight of basic module Approx. 95 kg (209 lbs)
Weight base Approx. 45 kg (99 lbs)
Weight of extension module Approx. 65 kg (143 lbs)
Production output Approx. 350 pcs/h****
Approx. 250 pcs/h**** (with highly precise
multi-­conductor twisting option)
Noise level <80 dB

* Dependent on process parameters and process speed
** Final twisted length dependent on material and pitch length
*** With option for two short twisted wires; minimum wire length > 160 mm (6.3 in)
**** Set values: Cable: FLRY 2 × 0.50 mm2 (AWG 30), pitch: 20 mm (0.8 in), final twisted length: 1,000 mm (39.4 in), open end on left and right: 30 mm (1.2 in), overtwist: 25 %

Technical data for bt 188 T spot taping unit

Compressed-air connection 6 bar (87 psi)
Bundle diameter 2 – 6 mm (0.078 – 0.236 in.)
Tape width 9 mm (0.354 in.)
Tape roll core diameter 38.1 mm (1.5 in.) / 76.2 mm (3 in.)
Tape materials Cloth and PVC
Dimensions (H × W × D) 190 × 210 × 470 mm (7.48 × 8.27 × 18.5 in.)
Approx. weight 5 kg (11 lbs)
Twisted pair / Different, short open wire ends processing Twisted pair
Twisted pair / Different, short open wire ends processing Twisted pair four wires