Automotive industry is changing. A modern vehicle containing hundreds of singular components and many of them need to carry a distinct part number therefore there is no space for mistakes in the selection of marking and coding equipment. Both vehicle-makers and manufacturing suppliers demand an impeccable assembly process and the possibility to include information whether on metal, plastic, rubber, fabric, glass or card. Factors that claim the right strategy and technology to make a vehicle-assembly traceability.
In addition, let’s take a closer look at some numbers and statistics. In UK for example, over 2.5 million engines and 1.5 vehicles are produced each year, and the car and vehicles manufacturing volumes are predicted to reach record high by 2017. Besides, is predicted a growth up to 8.1% in industry operating profit for 2017-18, caused by a more efficient supply chain, a better stock controls and a more stable demand than during the last and previous few years. Looking globally, analytical firms report that global annual production will increase by 21 million units by 2021 and it has already seen 25-million-unit increase since the dark and unfavorable days of 2009 but not all the elements are similar around the world. In Europe, a continent still struggling with recession, for 2015 to 2017 the output is expected to increase by four percent per year led by the recovery of domestic demand and sustainable increase in exports, primarily to the U.S. and China. Precisely China that will likely dominate global production, while its neighbors in South Korea and Japan focus on foreign production, rather than building vehicles in their home markets.
What does all that means?
It means that automotive manufactures – galvanized by all these facts – are now looking for a strategic technique on coding-traceability and a good supply chain management. And of course, a key plan to fight against counterfeit parts, estimated $ 12 billion for automotive industry. Becomes really clear that coding and marking equipment as CIJ Printers, must be able to comfortably meet the demand of automotive manufactures, not only of food, packaging and pharmaceutical industries, since now the best application fields of Continuous Inkjet Printers.
More future applications for Continuous Inkjet Printers? We truly believe it. Why?
CIJ Printers, perhaps the most cost-effective choice, still have an important place in coding because it can print basically in almost any surfaces and substrates. A wide range of inks is available for use with this kind of printers, including inks of different colors to assure precision and comprehensibility on any color and material substrates. CIJ Printer can also print at a speed of 2,600 characters per second and it could be located essentially in any spots of a production chain. Plus, a strong point of CIJ Printers is the possibility for a business and manufactures to free itself from a brand name suppliers – Videojet, Domino, Markem, Hitachi, Linx, Willett, Leibinger, Citronix and many others – and liberally opt for a compatible and alternative inks supplier to save costs and receive the same, if not better than, service.
So yes, an effective coding solution, studied for the manufacturers requirements, can help facilitate smooth manufacturing and assembly processes, as well as helping vehicle manufacturers deliver top-quality after-care to drivers, and all these duties are surely ready for CIJ Printers.