Howden Turbo GmbH is a mechanical engineering company with ~ 6,000 employees worldwide that develops and manufactures turbomachinery (compressors, turbo-fans and steam turbines) for a wide range of industrial applications in oil & gas, power generation, process engineering, wastewater treatment, etc.
Laser technology is used in mechanical manufacturing for component identification and for the production of type plates for turbomachinery. The materials used for this purpose include metallic materials (steel, aluminum, brass) and plastic plates, which are either inscribed or laser engraved depending on the application.
The components are marked with different information during the ongoing production process, which is used for later identification of the component in assembly or field service. The laser parameters are configured in such a way that the marking is permanently durable and still legible even under difficult conditions (dirt etc.), with a good contrast to the base material. For Mr. Müller, these requirements were decisive for a stable process and are solved very effectively with the SpeedMarker 1350.
Howden Turbo GmbH has selected the SpeedMarker 1350 laser marker, with customisation.
In addition to the engraving quality and the fast finding of suitable material parameters, the laser marker was particularly convincing due to the extensive possibilities of process scripting in the SpeedMark software. This makes it possible to reduce the error rate in the production process to an absolute minimum and, because it is so user-friendly, does not require extensive training.
The in-house produced nameplates make Howden Turbo more flexible in terms of time and less dependent on suppliers. On average the company saves 60% of the cost of previously purchased nameplates.