When Beck Sensortechnik was founded, the company 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 customised 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 include mechanical and plant engineering, apparatus engineering, environmental and cleaning technology, alongside automation, ventilation and air conditioning technology.
The numerous products are based on identical basic plastic housings, plastic covers, and rotary knobs for individual sensor adaptation with different scales. Each labelled individual part had to be in stock in sufficient quantities, because Beck prides itselfon short delivery times and flexible customer service.
The effort for labelling all parts was intensive, from the injection moulding 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 company opted for the SpeedMarker 50 inline marking laser. With Trotec's laser technology, the parts logistics and workflow were simplified.
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 labelling data.
The sensor is now assembled from all model-specific components and labelled at the end of the production line by the inline SpeedMarker laser marker 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 around 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 realise the requested markings with serial numbers, product designations or logos at lower cost.