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PARTS TRACKING IN MACHINED METALS IS EASY WITH HIGH TEMPERATURE ROLLING LABELS
In the October 2021 issue of Metalsan Magazine, our General Coordinator Canan Eser gave information about “Labeling on Processed Metals”.
Why labeling is difficult on processed metals
Barcode labels are attached to sheets, flat and round bars and rolls at temperatures that can exceed 600 °C in order to identify and accurately track materials in the process from the furnace to delivery to customers. It is a great challenge to find durable barcode labels that will withstand extreme temperatures and harsh production environments, will not fall off the material, and will be readable throughout the process.
What is the solution?
It is essential that the raw material of the label is resistant to high temperatures. Likewise, the ribbon for printing on the top surface must be a heat resistant resin. Labels produced in this manner can be hung directly on coils, rolls, rods, boards, rebar, pipes or wire bundles when leaving the furnaces.
Thanks to this, you are able to track hot metals in mills and foundries, and accurately control the material during the process.
What are the uses of high temperature resistant rolling labels?
These labels are used for identifying hot metal sheets, billets, pipes, tubes, rolls and coils, for following the processes related to souring, heat treatment and chemical coatings, for tracking the process after the furnace and for tracking the product from the furnace until it reaches the customer.
What are the features and benefits of high temperature resistant rolling labels?
The main benefit is that the labels offer high accuracy and confidence.
Labels printed with heat-resistant resin ribbons and thermal transfer barcode printers offer high durability and wear resistance for long-term storage of critical barcode information. Surfaces are resistant to fading and/or discoloration.It does not deteriorate with prolonged exposure to high temperatures and weather conditions. They are excellent alternatives to riveted plates, chalk or crayons for tracking hot metals in foundries. To prevent their unintentional removal during storage or delivery, they have a high tear resistance.
Thanks to these features, long-term barcode legibility, accurate metal identification and tracking are ensured. It eliminates the health and safety risks caused by hot metals, making it possible to switch to automatic systems. It allows you to avoid the high cost of product scrapping and recalls due to mislabeled materials and unreadable barcodes, as well as labor costs associated with manual labeling and tagging.
What are the types of high temperature resistant labels?
These labels can be adhesive or non-adhesive tag (spool) labels according to the place of use. High heat resistant; they are produced from different raw materials such as polyester, polyamide and aramid.
Could you tell us about Egen Barkod’s experience with high temperature resistant labels?
We have been serving the leading companies in iron and steel production for many years. In this way ; we are aware of expectations, questions and problems. Our R & D work and production process are taking place within this framework. Our business partners conduct their tests in a real production environment and share them with us.
We have labels produced with different top surfaces with adhesive and non-adhesive alternatives. Another expectation of Iron and Steel companies is to be able to track with automatic systems. For this purpose, radio frequency ( RFID) chips need to be integrated into the labels. We also produce RFID chip integrated labels with our fully domestic chip application machine, which we have produced in Turkey