Plastic & Rubber

Plastic and rubber are materials commonly used in various fields, from construction materials, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, etc. Learn about some equipment solutions in the plastic and rubber industry through the article introduced below.

Characteristics of the Plastics and Rubber Industry

The plastics and rubber sector is one of the major manufacturing industries serving both civilian life and the construction sector.

Below are some characteristics of the plastics and rubber industry:

  • Harsh production environment with a lot of dust.
  • Continuous operation with a fast production rate.
  • Products in the plastics and rubber industry require good adhesion and high contrast in different colors.
  • Products of the plastics and rubber industry are often cables, water pipes, electrical wires, etc., and are usually printed along the length of the product, including company name, brand logo, batch number, manufacture date, expiration date, etc.

Equipment Solutions for Printing on Plastic Pipes

For industries such as plastics and rubber, conventional coding technologies often fall short due to poor adhesion to the material, and the prints easily fade or blur. 

Additionally, printing information on the material must ensure a high contrast with dark-colored substrates. 

Therefore, in this case, the use of continuous inkjet printing and laser marking technologies are considered the two most effective solutions.

Linx’s CIJ inkjet printing technology is a non-contact method that deposits ink droplets onto the surface to create readable formats. 

It easily prints on flat, curved, convex, concave, and complex surfaces such as plastic pipes. 

This technology is used to print batch numbers, manufacture dates, expiration dates, shift numbers, QR codes, product specifications, and more.

Laser marking machines use laser beams that converge at a point and increase in energy, heating the surface of the material. 

This process causes the wavelengths to mark the necessary information onto the material’s surface according to the user’s pre-set requirements. Unlike inkjet printing, laser marking machines create permanent marks on the product’s surface without using any ink or solvents during operation.

X-ray Inspection System for the Plastics and Rubber Industry

Plastics and rubber are two commonly used materials in manufacturing, including food, equipment, tools, and protective clothing. While these materials help preserve and ensure the safety of products, they can also become contaminated with impurities and metals due to environmental factors. 

If these contaminants are not detected during the production process, they can reduce product quality and even damage the company’s reputation in the market

The most effective way to detect foreign objects in plastics and rubber is to use metal detectors and inspection systems during manufacturing operations. By employing X-ray technology, radiation is used to generate detailed images of the internal structure of the product. This helps identify any foreign objects, no matter how small, while ensuring user safety and health.

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