Weidmüller launches MetalliCard: a metal marking system
17 August 2012
For the first time ever, Weidmüller is offering a marking system that can print on markers made of metal. Users do not need an oven or any similar additional equipment. Just print and go!
The system is easily customised – thanks to the freedom of being able to create individual layouts and enabling uncomplicated importing of data from other systems. Now, long delivery times for pre-printed marker versions are a thing of the past!
Due to their material properties, metal markers are better suited to the more demanding applications than markers made from polyamide. They are much better able to withstand harsh environments – including high temperatures, climate swings, UV radiation and other environmental chemical/physical loads. With MetalliCard, Weidmüller offers stringently tested markers for marking electrical equipment and cables.
Chemically resistant (tested to DIN ISO 175) MetalliCard has successfully completed wipe tests with many different substances. Add to that its UV resistance - tested in a sun tester with a radiation power of 768 W/m², 500 hours. Also completed successfully were the thermal stability test (temperature range: -55 °C to max. 130°C), alternating thermal loads of heat and cold (to IEC 61984) and the saline spray test (in accordance with DIN EN ISO 9227 for 336 hours respectively). MetalliCards also offer a verified degree of protection to IPX9 K (high-pressure/steam cleaning) to DIN EN 60529, VDE 0470-1.
With the MetalliCard marking system, it is possible to print metal markers using the Weidmüller PrintJet PRO* printer. It also prints the proven MultiCard range of markers. Users are therefore able to complete their marking tasks in and around the electrical cabinet with just one printer, one set of software and one type of ink. They can create individual layouts and use data from other systems without any difficulty. In addition, colour graphics, characters and logos can all be created as desired.
A special update kit ensures it is possible to print metal MetalliCard markers on the PrintJet PRO. The printing process remains identical: to fuse the water-based ink to the metal substrate the card is pre-treated with a primer and there follows a longer thermal fixing process. The markers are ready within as little as 5½ minutes.
Users are able choose between riveting and gluing or using stainless steel cable ties or holders to secure the metal markers – options that ensure high levels of flexibility. The rectangular markers are available in sizes from 27 mm x 18 mm through to 85 mm x 54 mm. There are also round markers (diameter: 30 mm) as well as a version for stainless steel cable ties for marking cables. The materials available for ordering are anodised aluminium and stainless steel (1.4301). Whereas aluminium represents an inexpensive marker material, stainless steel is suitable for use in the process and chemical industries – which have particularly high requirements with regard to industrial suitability in harsh environments.
Weidmüller offers inlays to print the different markers and a universal inlay. The respective inlays are able to accommodate several markers of the same type of each marker size – independent of the drill holes. The inlays are designed to last for more than 2000 printing processes. The universal inlay has been designed to accommodate all eight different marker sizes for printing. Sophisticated inlay positioning takes up a marker for each printing operation.
*Note: PrintJet PRO - purchasing an update kit makes it possible to print MetalliCard markers without any difficulty. Users with a PrintJet Pro supplied from July 2010 with serial number 3653 (last 4 digits) and higher need simply order an update kit. It is possible to upgrade older PrintJet PRO printers (lower serial numbers) with a service kit available from Weidmüller's service department.
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