Cable Reel


The AssemblyReel AR-C is a cable reel developed for electric tool applications and is available in several versions (see table below).

Apart from ruling out all disadvantages of conventional spring-driven cable reels, the AssemblyReel AR-C also introduces many new features not found on any cable reel available today.

Probably the most remarkable novelty of the AssemblyReel is the way the retraction signal is generated. Today many electric tools have a spare button that can be programmed to generate a retraction pulse. Once the line operator has finished his job, a short pulse on this button will start the motorized retraction hence clearing the tool cable in front of his feet. Have a quick look at the video below and see how easy it is to work with this new generation of cable reels. Due to the clever I/O connector at the back of each AssemblyReel, several other options are available to generate a retraction signal:

  • by using mushroom button
  • by using tool holder with integrated switch
  • by using optional WiFi button on tool
  • by using signal from tool controller

Other benefits

To avoid any interference between power wires and signal wires, both are using separate slip ring modules. All internal signal connections, brushes and slip rings are gold plated.

The AssemblyReel AR-C comes with an adjustable safety device that interrupts the motorized retraction whenever the reel detects unusual resistance on the tool cable. A short pulse on the spare button of the tool suffices to resume the motorized retraction.


To avoid tripping accidents it is important that – while walking back to his starting position – the tool cable is cleared in front of the operator’s feet. Hence, the recoil speed is adjustable between 0.5 and 1.5 m/sec. This way each operator can adjust the retraction to suit his individual’s walking pace.

Each AssemblyReel AR-C comes with 2 meter tool cable to connect the reel to the controller box. Other lengths are available on request. As for the main tool cable, a wide range of cable lengths and tool connectors (see ACCESSORIES) is available for most common tool installation:

  • Atlas Copco
  • AMT
  • Bosch Rexroth
  • Desoutter – George Renault
  • Apex – Cooper Tools – Cleco
  • Ingersoll-Rand
  • Stanley

Each AssemblyReel is furnished with an electro-magnetic brake holding the tool in place when not in use. Hence, no more tool supports or tool holders needed! A very low pull on the cable suffices to disengage the brake, allowing the operator to pull out the tool cable with minimal effort. By moving the adjustable cable bumper the tool can be positioned at the desired grabbing height.

All composing parts are carefully selected and thoroughly tested to withstand the heavy duty requirements typical for car assembly plants. Furthermore, the Assembly Reel is 100% maintenance free and contains any traces of silicone.

A M12 micro I/O receptacle at the back of the reel allows combining the AssemblyReel with external tool holders (see ACCESSORIES). This can be useful in applications with short cable lengths. The same receptacle can also be used to send out a JOB OK signal to control room.

And finally, faithful to our no-nonsense philosophy, the design of the AssemblyReel is as simple and straightforward as it can be. No unnecessary frills! The reel can be mounted on a wall, under a work bench, against the ceiling or even at a 45° angle. All metal parts are finished in high gloss powder coated paint. All it takes is a soft cloth to make it shining like new again.

General Features

  • Complies with all applicable CE and EMC regulations
  • 100% maintenance free
  • 100% silicone free
  • High quality components only
  • Trouble-free installation (plug-n-play)
  • Fingertip operation
  • Low and constant unwind force
  • Adjustable recoil speed
  • Resistance detection system
  • Ridged and straightforward design
  • Heavy gauge powder coated steel
  • Proven slip ring assemblies
  • 2 year warranty

Technical Features

  • Power: 115V or 230V
  • temperature: 40°C (100°F)
  • Power: 4 channels 20A
  • Signals: 24 channels, gold plated
  • Cable configuration: see table below
  • Unwind force: ± 4Nf
  • Brake capacity: ± 25Nf
  • Retraction speed: adjustable between 0.5-1.5 m/sec
  • Weight: 29 kg
  • Protection: IP34


AR-C Reel Versions

AssemblyReel Power Cable Configuration Assembly Reel Power Cable Configuration
92428 ACT 11021 230 V Atlas Copco DS/S 92318 ACT 11021 115 V Atlas Copco DS/S
92428 ACT 12022 230 V Atlas Copco ST 92318 ACT 12022 115 V Atlas Copco ST
92428 AMT 11021 230 V AMT HCX/ 92318 AMT 11021 115 V AMT HCX
92428 AMT 12022 230 V AMT PCX 92318 AMT 12022 115 V AMT PCX
92428 STG 11021 230 V Stanley GSE 92318 STG 11021 115 V Stanley GSE
92428 STG 12022 230 V Stanley E12/E 92318 STG 12022 115 V Stanley E12/E
92428 IRT 11021 230 V Ingersoll-Rand QE 92318 IRT 11021 115 V Ingersoll-Rand QE
92428 RBT 11021 230 V Bosch Rexroth SE2000 92318 RBT 11021 115 V Bosch Tools SE200
92428 GRT 11021 230 V Georges Renault ER 92318 GRT 11021 115 V Georges Renault ER
92428 GRT 12022 230 V Georges Renault EM 92318 GRT 12022 115 V Georges Renault EM
92428 GRT 13013 230 V Georges Renault EME 92318 GRT 13023 115 V Georges Renault EME
92428 DST 11011 230 V Desoutter ER 92318 DST 11021 115 V Desoutter ER
92428 DST 12012 230 V Desoutter ECA 92318 DST 12022 115 V Desoutter ECA
92428 ATG 11021 230 V APEX Cleco 92318 ATG 11021 115 V APEX Cleco

* Each AssemblyReel AR-C comes with 2.0 meter (6.5 ft.) supply tool cable to connect reel to controller

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Absolutely. The list above gives an overview of the most common tool installations. If your cables in not mentioned, please contact us at

No problem. If you provide the name of your supplier we will contact him and make sure you can purchase AssemblyReels through your preferred channel.

Sorry. The AssemblyReel has been developed for indoor applications only, hence the IP34 protection degree. However, we do not exclude the possibility that one day the AssemblyReel AR-C will become available in stainless steel …

For logistic reasons all AssemblyReels are furnished with an electro-magnetic brake. In some applications – e.g. an AssemblyReel mounted under a workbench – this brake is of little use. In such case we advise to remove the bake yourself. A clear step by step procedure is available in the instruction manual.

You can find a EUR price list in the DOWNLOAD area, including general sales conditions.

Absolutely. In order to guaranty the continuation of production is case of failure, the tool connections inside the reel is totally independent from the motorization.

Apart from considerable price benefits (…) our HighFlex tool cables are designed with improved bending properties which is very important when used on a reeling device. As a result the life time of a HighFlex tool cable can surpass the life time of an original tool cable by three to four times! Moreover, our tool cables are furnished with an improved kink protector at the tool side.  Defect tool cables can be repaired and are returned with official test certificate.

No. The electro-magnetic brake used on the AssemblyReel is a Fail Safe type of brake. This means the brake needs current in order to unlock the drum. Hence the tool will not drop if power is shut down.

A retraction signal, generated unwillingly, will obviously start the motor and retract the tool cable. In such case the operator has two options: he can hold the tool and wait until the safety device detects abnormal resistance, or he can give another pulse on retraction button.

This safety device detects the mechanical resistance upon the hose. Its setting depends on several aspects such as the weight of the hose, the friction between the hose and the factory floor and the height on which the reel has been mounted. Experience learns that the factory setting of this safety device is fine in most cases. Nevertheless, the customer can adjust if necessary.

Yes! You will find more detailed information about its pneumatic version (AR-H) in the PRODUCTS tab.

If your question is not addressed in this list of FAQs, or if you are looking for more detailed information about this or other ALPHA REEL developments, do not hesitate to use the form in CONTACT area. Let us know what information exactly you are looking for. We will do our best to help you wherever we can.