Stitching Wire is being used for the pressroom in high-speed web operations in the form of inline stitching and now plays a very large part in the printing world. Shaun Blumberg, Director at Press Products, explains the advantages of hot-dipped galvanised Stitching Wire.
Stitching Wire is low-carbon steel with a galvanised or tin coating. Historically produced using an electro-galvanised method, Stitching Wire is gaining popularity with the introduction of the hot-dipped method of galvanising. This results in a far superior product, creating a material that is strong, durable and highly competitively priced.
When Press Products started researching Stitching Wire for distribution, we spent a considerable amount of time and effort looking at the various types of Stitching Wire available on the market. Ultimately, the hot-dipped method of manufacturing proved to produce a far superior product in all aspects but mainly when it comes to production efficiency, durability and affordability, said Blumberg.
It is because of these qualities that Press Products entered into an agreement with STH Stitching Wire from Malaysia. Their advanced production methods mean that we can confidently offer our customers a superior product at very affordable prices.
Hot-dip galvanising vs. Electro-galvanising
Hot-dip galvanising is a process of applying a protective zinc coating by dipping the product in a bath of molten zinc. Electro-galvanising is a process where zinc is applied by using a current of electricity. It is a thinner coating than hot-dip galvanising, making it less durable.
What are the advantages of hot-dipped Stitching Wire?
- Significantly less zinc dust: less zinc dust means reduced maintenance requirements on your stitching machines which results in longer lasting stitching heads.
- Wire is precise and uniformly round – wire diametre allowance of +/- 0.01mm.
- Rust resistant: unlike electro-galvanised wire, Hot-dipped Stitching Wire will not rust and is not coated with a layer of oil to prevent the wire from rusting (which can leave unsightly oil marks on paper).
- Hot-dipped Stitching Wire is a heavy metal free product. This makes it a safer product to use, especially in child friendly products.
In today’s tough economic climate, pricing and value for money plays a vital role in all industries and no less so in the printing industry and hot-dipped Stitching Wire offers just that.