Summary: Advanced Technical Products (ATP) collaborated with a Midwestern aluminum wheel forging company to design an innovative marking solution tailored for hot forged aluminum wheels. The client sought a marking system that could endure the heat treatment phase and employ varied colors to distinguish wheel types. ATP crafted a high-temperature resistant ink in multiple hues, enhancing both the quality and efficiency of the production line. Before this solution, manual wheel inspection was necessary, but the new ink allows for swift type identification based on color. This accomplishment underlines ATP’s proficiency in delivering bespoke solutions that resonate with specific client demands, streamlining processes and optimizing outcomes.
Industry: Aluminum Wheel Forging
Processes: Design, Development, Testing
Category: Custom Marking Inks
Advanced Technical Products was contracted by a Midwestern aluminum wheel forging company to develop a unique marking solution for their forged aluminum wheels. The customer had a specific requirement to mark the wheels while they were still hot from the press, and for the mark to be able to survive the heat treatment process. Additionally, they needed different colors for the markings that could be easily seen by workers on the floor to differentiate between different types of wheels.
ATP developed a specialized ink that was able to withstand the high temperature requirements, and developed multiple colors to meet the customer’s needs. After extensive testing and development, the ink was successfully applied to the wheels and met all of the customer’s requirements.
The value the customer gained from working with ATP was significant. The new marking ink improved both the quality and productivity of the wheel production process. Previously, workers had to inspect each wheel to determine the type, but now they can quickly and easily identify the wheel by the color of the marking ink. This has significantly improved the efficiency of the production line.
The development of the marking ink also required extensive quality verifications and certifications. This was to ensure that it could withstand the high temperatures of the forging and heat treating processes while still being easily identified by workers. ATP worked closely with the customer, both remotely and on site, to develop the right marking solution for their unique application.
Overall, Advanced Technical Products’ specialized marking solution improved the efficiency and quality of the customer’s wheel production process, demonstrating our ability to work closely with customers to develop unique solutions that meet their specific needs.