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wire 2012: March 26-30 in Düsseldorf

Advanced Ceramics: The Authority in Wire Drawing and Forming

For those who aren’t immediately reminded of soccer when they see the combination of yellow and black, bees and wasps are probably the first things that come to mind. This is precisely what the staff at CeramTec was thinking when they created the new concept for wire 2012 in Düsseldorf. The striking yellow and black zirconium oxide drawing tools, a ceramic-steel composite, look very much like the bodies of these insects; CeramTec’s theme for the international trade fair for wire and cable production was born – the wireBees.

The project group and head of the CeramTec training workshop proudly present their wireBees

A project group comprising six second-year CeramTec industrial mechanic trainees did extensive research with a number of different ideas to finally create five larger-than-life black/yellow insects out of two eight-stage and three ten-stage ceramic-steel composite forming rolls in hours of painstaking manual work. This all took place at the training workshop in Plochingen and involved bending up to four millimeter thick filler wire, soldering and sandblasting it, painting it black and giving it the shape of bee heads, wings and legs. The results are impressive: The two smaller insects are around 60 centimeters long and the three longer insects are about 80 centimeters and will hover above the heads of visitors to the CeramTec stand in Hall 10.

The wireBees are used in combination with the slogan “The Authority in Wire Drawing” and symbolically underscore CeramTec’s wire drawing expertise and the company’s willingness to put innovative ideas into practice. This also showcases CeramTec’s pioneering role in the use of zirconium oxide in the wire drawing process. Thanks to their excellent tribological properties, these advanced ceramics help wire manufacturers optimize wire surfaces and reduce corrosive damages to coated wires. The wire also features a uniform thickness once it has been processed by ceramic drawing tools. This means that wire breakage rarely occurs in the production process, which significantly reduces maintenance costs for the manufacturer. Increased tool life shortens the total set-up times. What’s more, extended running times for machines result in maximum process reliability while at the same time steadily increasing product quality. The CeramTec experts will be showcasing their wire drawing expertise and the wireBees from March 26-30 at wire in Düsseldorf in Hall 10, Stand 10F21.