Several solutions are available according to the analysis of the required flexibility, the range of wire products and the possible environmental constraints at the location of the plant of the customer.
While the solution of lead patenting for NT, HT or even UHT has proven on numerous FIB lines its reliability, flexibility and the safety for the operators (encapsulated atmosphere may be obtained by special technology) some local constraints may ban the use of lead.
Our solution of fluidized bed (Ecoquench) has proved since many years its capability in many challenging conditions or high-technology Steel cord. The Ecoquench gives in this framework an answer to environmental strong conditions while in the meantime flexibility in the wire sizes or operating temperatures is possible.
As an alternative, the polymer quenching solution is also possible. This solution requires however very severe management of the upstream drawing process, a tight range of wire diameters and a preparation of the wires, what is sometimes challenging for factories that are looking for flexibility on products and operators.