Polymet Installs a Proprietary Flag Tagging and Testing Machine
Polymet installed a state-of-the-art tagging and testing machine earlier this month. This proprietary machine will play a critical role in Polymet’s quality assurance and will allow for increased speeds for wire tagging.
The “Libby II,” as it is called, is replacing the former Libby machine. The Libby II has modified electrical and mechanical controls to permit a more efficient and ergonomically operated machine. A new and advanced alloy detection system is in place, operating the latest in XRF technology. The integration of alloy name, diameter, and runtime data into Polymet’s SQL data base allows for real-time process control. All of these changes have a significantly positive impact on the Polymet quality system.
The new machine also has an enhanced wire feeding mechanism that increases Polymet’s diameter processing capabilities. Todd Centers, Plant Engineering Manager at Polymet, states, “The Libby II will have an immediate impact on our daily operations here at Polymet. We will see a direct improvement in quality and output capabilities due to this machine.” Quality assurance on a wider range of diameters will result in Polymet’s continuation as an industry leader of wire for hardfacing, welding, and thermal spraying.