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Speed Record: Printing on Cables at Over 60 km/h

Monday, January 27, 2020

Press release from the issuing company

Leibinger industrial inkjet printers make wire and cable production more productive 

Tuttlingen – Companies in the wire and cable industry are geared to quality and maximum output. The speed of the extrusion line is what determines production efficiency. At the wire trade fair, Leibinger will be presenting a coding system that marks cables, wires, pipes and tubes at speeds of up to 1000 m/min or 60 km/h – as fast as a lion can run. With the JET Rapid Wire, the production of extrusion products is no longer slowed down by marking. Thanks to Leibinger’s Sealtronic nozzle sealing technology along with special inks and industry-specific technologies, the industrial inkjet printer ensures high speeds, maximum reliability and user-friendliness – and therefore a measurable overall increase in productivity.

Even at top speeds, the JET Rapid Wire impresses users with a clean, durable printout. Fixed and variable letters and numbers are clearly legible even at speeds of up to 1000 m/min. Immediately after printing, special inks ensure maximum adhesion and abrasion resistance on all common product materials.

Stop cleaning. Start coding. 

At the heart of the innovative Leibinger printing technology is the unique hydraulic system with Sealtronic – a fully automatic nozzle sealing technology which can seal the complete ink circuit airtight during production breaks. With this proven advance by Leibinger, common problems of conventional inkjet printers for industrial use are solved at the source. The reliability of the marking is significantly increased and labor-intensive cleaning of the print heads is no longer necessary. Dried ink and clogged nozzles are a thing of the past.

Another clever feature that Leibinger has developed for production optimization in the cable industry is the speed-dependent output function, which is used to actively monitor common pre-treatments such as corona or plasma, and control them by the printer. If the production speed falls below the specified minimum speed, the pre-treatment is actively switched off to avoid production downtimes. 

Experience and test high-speed marking live 

Leibinger will be presenting its innovative solutions for coding extrusion products at the wire exhibition in hall 9, booth F55. Print heads specially developed for these applications adapt to the shape of the products to be printed, thereby enabling even higher marking speeds. Also the smallest diameters can be legibly marked with the high-speed printers. And, with the JET Rapid Wire PI, even dark materials can be marked with so-called contrast inks at speeds of up to 800 m/min. Leibinger also has the right solution for flexible applications with frequent product changes on the lines. For example, a special ink is used that is easily legible on dark as well as light surfaces. This all-round solution eliminates the need to purchase several devices for printing different colored cables, wires and tubes. At the show, visitors can have cables or other product samples marked directly at the booth.

The wire and Tube 2020, the most important leading trade fair for the wire, cable and tube industries, will take place from March 30 to April 3 in Düsseldorf at the exhibition center.

The JET Rapid Wire PI in use at cable manufacturer HUBER+SUHNER from Pfäffikon in Switzerland. Source: Paul Leibinger GmbH & Co. KG. Photography: Jörg Ladwig

 

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