Several solutions are available according to the analysis of the required flexibility, the range of wire products and the possible environmental constraints at the location of the plant of the customer.
While the solutions of the FIB lead patenting technologies from sawing wire sizes up to 26mm diameter have proved their reliability, flexibility and the safety for the operators (encapsulated atmosphere may be obtained by special technology) on numerous FIB lines, adapted technology is also used for the handling of packaging strips.
FIB also owns a specific technology for the handling of super big diameters.
As an equipment must also be thought around the maintenance operations, specific tools have been developed to easily pump the lead and to clean up the heat exchangers without shutting down the equipment.
When local legislation bans the use of lead, the fluidized bed technology gives a solution.
Our fluidized bed equipment (Ecoquench) has proved since many years its capability in many challenging conditions or high-technology Steel cord. The Ecoquench gives in this framework an answer to environmental strong conditions while in the meantime flexibility in the wire sizes or operating temperatures is possible.
As an alternative, the polymer quenching solution is also possible. This solution requires however very severe management of the upstream drawing process, a tight range of wire diameters and a preparation of the wires, what is sometimes challenging for factories that are looking for flexibility on products and operators.