Brady’s Liz Gallagher tackles a difficult challenge faced by a company which produces components and assemblies designed to operate in very hot, dirty conditions. The company says labelling is both a necessity and a nightmare, and it needs to find a way to deliver a way of identifying its products throughout their lives
An item on the news caught my attention the other day. It covered the engine-testing of the new landspeed record challenger ‘Bloodhound’ at Newquay airfield in Cornwall recently.
You may recall that the car is targeting over 1,000 mph and to do it, amongst other things, it utilises an F1 engine simply to power the fuel pump.
Firing the rocket engine induced the loudest sound in the UK, noisier even than the jet fighters the residents of Cornwall are accustomed to. It will use the hybrid rocket in addition to a Eurofighter-Typhoon jet engine to generate the thrust needed to go supersonic and beyond in 2014.
The reason I was so engaged by the item was firstly because it’s the kind of engineering innovation and ingenuity that I think we do so brilliantly here in the UK and secondly because it’s exactly the kind of challenge I relish and would have loved to have been involved in the project from a Brady perspective.
There is very little our research and development team can’t do or haven’t already done and although headline acts like space travel and formula one catch the eye, transferring the knowledge gained in all the high-end research into the workplace is what really makes it worthwhile.
In real terms this means we can offer materials for labelling that we know can withstand true extremes of temperature which is essential in any environment that presents special challenges. Before we launch any material it will have been extensively tested in our specialist laboratories before then going out on field-tests for further extensive testing and feedback.
For example, our B-426 Amber Polyimide is produced from a polyimide film with a permanent acrylic adhesive. Used extensively in printed circuit board and component identification, particularly in defence specified electronic applications, or for identification for composite materials in the Aerospace industry, this high performance label material withstands extreme environments. It offers the ability to identify products at the earliest stage of your process and has a temperature range of -70°C to 350°C. It also passes NASA low outgassing levels.
Further, the B-345 High Temperature Heat Shrink PermaSleeves are designed for wire marking in high temperature and low-vacuum outgassing applications within the aerospace, defence and mass transit industries.
One of our latest products is B-472- flame retardant wire-wraps. This material has a high tensile strength, combined with excellent chemical and high temperature resistance.
In addition to its toughness, the material is also light and flexible, making it suitable for wire wrapping.
We know our extremes and regularly push beyond them to exceed our own expectations. I hope I’ve risen to your challenge and answered your query. Please remember that we’d be delighted to chat about your specific requirements to ensure your solution is absolutely the most suitable for your needs. We’ll come and visit you to assess your requirements totally without obligation, or if you prefer contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org