Simpler workflows and cost savings at Beck Sensortechnik.
Specialist in pressure monitoring
When the company was founded, Beck Sensortechnik was still producing water level indicators for household washing machines.
Today, the German manufacturer is one of the market leaders in the international industrial market for customized mechanical pressure switches and electronic pressure sensors with the brands Prescal®, Climair®, Climaset® and Senswitch®.
With an export quota of well over 50%, the company manufactures in Germany at its site in Steinenbronn with approximately 70 employees, using state-of-the-art production technology.
Areas of application for these products are, for example, in mechanical and plant engineering, apparatus engineering, environmental and cleaning technology, but also in automation, ventilation and air conditioning technology.
High costs and a logistical challenge
The numerous products are based on identical basic plastic housings, plastic covers, and rotary knobs for individual sensor adaptation with different scales. Each labeled individual part had to be in stock in sufficient quantities, because company Beck stands for short delivery times and flexible customer service.
The original effort for labeling all parts was correspondingly high. From the injection molding supplier to the print shop and from there to the warehouse. Beck applied batch production, the differently printed variants were stored and delivered to production on call. A solution was sought to improve this process.
The laser saves over 250 printing variants
The company opted for the SpeedMarker 50 inline marking laser. By using Trotec's laser technology, the parts logistics and workflow became much simpler.
Instead of individual batches of ready-printed parts, only large quantities of neutral plastic parts are purchased and stored.
After an order is received, a production order is automatically transmitted to the respective line via the ERP system, including labeling data.
The sensor is now assembled from all model-specific components and labeled at the end of the production line by the inline SpeedMarker laser with the correct data, such as serial number, product designation, individual customer logo or customer-specific typing. Any scale graduation that may be required is also only applied to the finished product at the end by means of laser marking.
Before laser technology came into play, production required about eight different basic housings and about 250 differently marked dials.
The use of the marking laser now reduces this volume to a single basic model!
Now that we are no longer dependent on a service provider, we can respond even faster to individual customer requests and we can realize the requested markings with serial numbers, product designations or logos at lower cost.