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BRIDGEND, UK - Spectrum Technologies PLC will be launching its latest new product at Wire China 2014 in Shanghai from 24-27 September 2014. The Nova 1000 is a high performance UV laser system for integration into wire and cable production lines to meet manufacturers’ needs for in-line laser coding of difficult to mark insulations. 

Nova 1000 is a high speed, in-line UV laser marking unit designed specifically for wire and cable manufacturers for printing their proprietary identification codes onto wire and cable insulations during manufacture of their products.  The first system was delivered to a US customer in June this year.

The system is suitable for integration into new or existing production lines and contains a precision wire guiding system that enables the wire to run in either direction.  Nova 1000 may be integrated in-line for marking during wire and cable production or may be integrated with a suitable pay-off and take up system for marking wire and cable off-line.

The Spectrum designed proprietary Nova software allows the programming of marking zones, including a succession of numbers, letters and symbols to create a repetitive mark along the length of the wire or cable. Software options allow the system to lay down incremental length markings, as well as the ability to mark True-type fonts, logos and images.

The throughput speed of the unit is dictated by the line it is integrated with but can typically mark wires at speeds up to 105 metres per minute or 350 feet per minute, depending on the font size and type chosen.  Encoder wheels ensure accurate mark spacing.

UV laser is the accepted international standard for wire marking within the aerospace industry enabling permanent, high quality marking of a wide range of high performance "non-stick" fluoropolymer wires as well as multi core jacketed cable and some coaxial cables.

Dr Peter Dickinson, CEO and Director of Engineering at Spectrum explains, “As the world leader in specialised UV laser marking systems we have been supplying the international aerospace industry with UV laser wire marking and processing systems for harness manufacture for 25 years.”

“We recognised the need for wire manufacturers to have access to similar laser technology to enable them to code their high-performance insulations during the manufacturing of their products. Our specialised laser technology now provides them with a means of making a permanent identification onto these difficult to mark wire and cable insulations.”

“Nova 1000 provides a highly flexible marking capability that provides a means of permanently branding their products, while improving quality and reducing scrap.”

See the Nova 1000 at Wire China 2014 - The 6th All China International Wire & Cable Industry Trade Fair, SNIEC Shanghai at Booth W1-G20.

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