Wire is used in everything from the harsh oil and gas industry to the clean and precise medical industry. Although these two industries look for very different performance characteristics in the wire they use, they do both have one thing in common: they both require their material to be precisely what they asked for—right down to the spool it comes on.
Your options for wire spooling cover a wide spectrum. Everything from miniature bobbins to large capacity pins/carriers are available in the marketplace. Because wire is used across multiple industries with varying requirements, it’s important to understand that package options can vary greatly from order to order. So, what do you need to consider when selecting a package?
- Run times: How often are you running this material and for what length of time? If you find yourself going through a large amount of material on a regular basis, it may make sense for you to order the largest package you can handle. This will minimize set up and down time, and maximize the efficiency of your operation.
- Manufacturing process: What is the capacity your machines have? How often do you switch out material on your equipment? For example, customers in the medical industry that are primarily using small quantities for a production run may want to purchase larger quantities for cost savings, but have it shipped on smaller reels to allow for easier handling at any job change.
- Storage and portability: Take into consideration your storage capabilities and buy the quantity that makes sense for your business. Do you have the take-ups in place to handle a bulk shipment? Do you have the equipment to move around large carriers? By keeping material on hand, you will be reducing your lead times, but you must first know what you have the capacity for.
- Everything else: When placing an order for wire, no one knows your requirements better than you. It is extremely important that when you work with any vendor, you have a strong understanding of what you need so you can then explain that to the vendor. They will then be able to work with you to meet any packaging or performance requirements you may have.
All of these considerations will help you determine whether you need a one pound spool or 2,000 pound package. Once you determine that, you will need to find a company that can meet those requirements.
With the recent addition of six new large capacities down coilers, Loos and Company is expanding our ability to put more wire on each pin. With these new machines, Loos and Company will be able to ship anywhere from 1000-1500 pounds per carrier. These new capabilities are extremely important as new lines of business, with customers looking to receive large bulk orders, ramp up.
Perhaps the most common packaging method for our high quality wire is on one of our various sized spools. Across the various applications our wire is used for, we find that our spools provide an excellent mean for getting the wire to its end use. As an end-to-end manufacturer, we are able to meet almost any packaging requirement you may have. Each spool is labeled with information such as wire size, alloy, origin, heat number, etc. If your application calls for certification, Loos and Company is able to provide certs with shipment.
Loos and Company Medical Technologies Division has also recently expanded our presence in the medical wire business. We have the ability to draw wire from .120” down to .001” and can package this wire on anything from miniature bobbins to 8” spools and larger. In the medical industry, it is critical that the wire is placed on a spool that allows it to come off easily without causing any damage. Once all is said and done, we put our products in an appropriately sized cardboard box and ship it off to our clients.
If you have a need for continuous finished wire products (or cut lengths) for these, or any other applications, contact us today or submit an inquiry below. We will work with you to determine your requirements and make sure you receive the right product, in the right package, for your needs.