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Title : Gates Corporation
Number : 0024
Date Week : 48
 
 
                                                                       
 
 
CASE STUDY  
 
 
 
Gates Corporation, with headquarters in Denver, is one of the market leaders in the production of hi-tech rubber belt and hoses for industrial, hydraulic, agricultural and automotive applications. In Spain there are two subsidiary plants, both in Barcelona area, where it produces belts for the automotive sector. It is also considered the wordwide delvelopment centre of the corporation for ribbed belts. It supplies directly to nearly all car manufacturers worldwide. It is focused on OEMs around the world that enables Gates to provide equivalent products to tier 1 and automotive after markets.

Gates needed to ind a more versatiles solution for printing codes because all its products should be identified according security standards and to meet its customer demands. It used pads to identify and personalize the materials; printing this way needs different pads for each product and for each customer. This option was laborious, difficulf and inflexible; it entailed to handle part by part by hand because of difficute positioning when marking.

Gates decided to replace its existing coding equipments and use laser marking systems. Coding rubber with a laser system is clean, ink free and provides the customer with an indelible marking and total traceability control. Macsa systems are easy-to-program and versatile. They are ideal for short production runs.

Macsa provided a solution and installed 6 Macsa K-1010 Plus utility lasers. The marking comprises 1 line of 25 alphanumberic chracters in static mode. The machines are at the final production process and during it the laser moves automatically to the middle of the belt which turned on to itself and when the laser system receives the signal from the robot, starts to code the product. When the marking is finished the laser system moves laterally to its origin point. After investigating different text formats and material locations the final marking text exceeded all quality controls from both Gates and its customers.

Gates considers MACSA laser systems as an essential part of its production line.

   
 


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