Metal Trade

A summary of references from the metal trade industry

  • Becker Stahl-Service GmbH
  • Berzelius Metall GmbH
  • BSB Braubach

The metal trading industry – precise measurement data are in demand

The metal trade is a very diverse industry. Not only is there a large number of different metals, but many companies also specialise in specific areas. For example, a metal trader can trade in pure raw materials or be a recycling company. There are companies that have established themselves as suppliers for certain branches of industry, such as the automotive or mechanical engineering industries. At the same time, fine metal traders are also represented in the sector. Here precious metals are traded in smaller quantities. Nevertheless, there are similarities between the different companies in the metal trading sector. Above all, it is a matter of controlling the metals. For further processing, it is important to know exactly which metal you are dealing with. The composition of alloys and the precise determination of purity also play an important role. Tin bronzes are a good example. The properties of alloys change rapidly, depending on how precisely they are composed. In order to obtain accurate data on the composition and purity of metals, companies in this sector use very special measuring methods. For example, optical emission spectrometers or X-ray fluorescence analysis are used in this area.

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A LIMS as a solution for data management in the metal trade industry

LIMS stands for Laboratory Information and Management System. Such computer programs are designed to process, visualize and archive a large amount of data. In the metal trade such a system is helpful in many areas. This begins with the receipt of goods and the corresponding controls. Many of these metal analyses are automated. Control and measurement systems permanently supply data that are important in the further course of storage or processing. The LIMS from Fink&Partner is able to receive this data directly from various measuring sensors. For this purpose, interfaces are available which are adapted to the measuring instruments of the industry. Among others, the system is compatible with devices from Bruker, Spectro, Hitachi, Thermo Fisher and Zwick. This makes it possible to import data from the Spectro SPECTROMAXx or the Bruker Q4 Tasman, for example, directly and without manual effort.

There are also many different control procedures in the final inspection. Here, for example, tensile or hardness tests are performed. This data can also be automatically transferred to the system. The read-out data can not only be archived, it can also be directly graphically processed and displayed with the SPC monitor. This facilitates control, especially in automated production. It is also possible to configure the Fink & Partner system in such a way that it triggers an alarm if certain measured values are exceeded or not reached. In this way, a quick reaction to deviations is possible. The system also offers helpful functions for the production and further processing of metals. In the module for recipe management, for example, information on alloys or work instructions can be stored. In this way, quality standards can be established and mixing ratios for alloys can be stored. Furthermore, the laboratory information and management system from Fink & Partner is compatible with external programs already in use in the company. The Connect module links the system to other programs, such as ERP software. This interface can then be used to export data from the laboratory information and management system to other programs. This feature makes it easy to integrate the system into a company’s existing IT infrastructure at any time.

Individual software for the metal trade sector from Fink & Partner

Fink&Partner supplies customized software for the metal trading industry. For many years, Fink & Partner has been working closely with companies in this industry. Through this cooperation, Fink & Partner has a wealth of experience and knows the needs of this industry very well. Software specially adapted to the requirements of the industry is currently in use at many companies. Some of the companies that use Fink&Partner systems are Becker Stahl-Service GmbH, Berzelius Metall GmbH or BSB Braubach.

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