Our workplace gets a lot more interesting when there is something new to develop, throw out some creative juices, have those healthy debates amongst us colleagues.
Gratification is guaranteed if we have acceptance and appreciation from our customers, which is always the final verdict.
Here is our latest development which has come in with the appreciation
This is an anodized aluminum part to be used as an enclosure whilst carrying details as to the manufacturer’s name, information/caution while usage, the parts assembly details of a serial number, and a barcode for traceability.
What was being done,
The aluminum part was anodized, formed ( bent, cut, etc., ) and there were three labels pasted on it manually with the pain of ensuring the labels were in the right position, not too left, not too right, not bent or warped at the edges.
What did we do
We have one printed part, no sticking of labels required, no alignments checks at the facility, just pick up the part and assemble with no hassles
How did we do it
Cut, Anodize, Print and Shape it to provide a simple answer.
Well not really, it’s not as simple and easy as a one-line answer. Took us to act on four specialized areas to complete it.
Part 1 is cutting the raw aluminum in flat sheet form precisely on a laser cutting machine ensuring the pitch and all other dimensions are maintained. Laser-cut is chosen over a CNC router as we seek a perfect 90-degree angle at the corners. Laser cutting is a faster process when compared to a CNC’s operation.
Part 2 is the anodizing which is a more than a century-old method and has been continuously improved with time, the principles, however, remain the same.
The anodizing is done to ensure an oxide coating of about 10 microns, the finish is to be decorative and have the right shine, sheen as desired, the process ensures the part is now resistant to corrosion, acts as an insulator, and has low thermal conductivity.
Let’s also note more more benefits derived from anodizing
1) Abrasion Resistance
2) Does not fade or chalk
3) Uniform surface finish
The last bit of anodizing is a sealing process that remains incomplete will run upon completion of the third party.
Part 3 is the task of printing.
Based on the order volume, the complexity of print a preferred method of printing is chosen, in any which way the objective is to ensure the print ( ink/dye ) penetrates the anodic pore to settle inside to eventually get trapped beneath the surface.
The reason for all this pain and trouble is to achieve better print quality, longer life of the print, and aesthetic value giving the premium feel to the part.
In this case, we printed digitally as the volumes were less ( more a prototype ), also had to print a bar code that varies from part to part.
Soon after we print, the next course of action is to seal the surface in our sealing tank to have the print all locked and settled below the surface.
Here we are all good to go
Part 4 is the grand finale; we complete with bending on our fixtures with the required angle and sent for a final quality check before packing and shipping.
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