When it comes to the Steel Industry, we are in the fortunate position of supplying Coding and Marking equipment, and supporting a complete range of different types of Steel manufacturer in the process. Our early experience gained within the British Steel, Corus and then Outo Kumpu plants has stood us in good stead.
We have coding and marking equipment spread across the length and breadth of the UK, coding onto Steel Sheets, Steel Tubes and a complete range of machined and pressed steel components.
Case Study 1
A Famous Once British Steel Manufacturer had a requirement for printing a 50mm high product code onto lengths of Cold Drawn Steel Tubing.
The print needed to be highly visible from distance; so a fast drying bright yellow MEK ink was required.
The ink needed to be dry within 5 seconds before it passed between roller guides, this was some task with winter temperatures reaching as low as minus 25 degrees.
The massive stock of tubing within the open ended building, had the effect of storing the cold and radiating it back off making the inside temperature colder than outside during winter.
We developed a special ink to cope with these harsh conditions; but also capable of coping with excessively higher temperatures during the summer months.
It was the roller guides that were to give us the next problem to solve. A massive high voltage charge of static electricity continually built up on the product due to the nylon roller guides.
This high voltage bolt was enough to corrupt the processor within the main controller at least once per day, with a visible lightening bolt shooting from product to printhead.
We installed one of our Bespoke Anti Static controller kits….Problem solved!
The next problem was the supply voltage. This could Dip and Rise continually throughout the day with constant power failures.
To cure this problem we fitted one of our special purpose Line Conditioners and Finally had ourselves a problem free installation.
A second customer based in the West Midlands produces stainless steel sheets. A thin film of plastic protection is rolled onto the sheets for protection. As the sheets exit the rolling application process coding is the next operation to take place.
This particular customer had already purchased their 6 Ink Jet Coders from Willett. The initial contact was to obtain a service contract and consumables supply for their Ink Jet Coders in order to reduce both down-time and costs.
The production lines all run intermittently thus facilitating the nead for a good reliable shaft-encoder. This ensures perfect print placement and quality from sheet to sheet, irrelevent of line speeds and stop start procedures. These machines are now in excess of 10 years of age and still going strong.
Case Study 2
We were contacted by this steel component manufacturer based in the West Midlands back in 2006. Responsible for producing a huge range of steel products, mainly to the motor industry. With massive contracts to supply major engine, gearbox and clutch parts to most of the industry big guns. We were initially contacted to reduce running costs, service and consumables to an ageing Willett 460si small character CiJ ink-jet coder. Having successfully maintained the old Willett, this company are now looking to the future with a range of our products, in order to treble output and reduce downtime. From the Codejet Evo 3 to the Codejet E18+ with UV ink curing station; which will be mated up to a special purpose flow line. This line will check the components for flatness, hardness and dimensional sizing before finally being presented to our Codejet E18+ for coding and marking identification.