Heraeus has patented a method for producing wire elements by coating a metal wire, conducting quality control, marking defects, and cutting the wire. The process ensures consistent lengths and thicknesses, enhancing efficiency and quality control in wire production. GlobalData’s report on Heraeus gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Heraeus, Ceramic membrane fuel cells was a key innovation area identified from patents. Heraeus's grant share as of January 2024 was 51%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Method for producing wire elements with repeating units

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Heraeus Holding GmbH

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11887754B2) discloses a method for producing wire elements efficiently and with high quality control measures. The method involves providing a metal wire with an inner metal core layer, coating it with layers of varying thicknesses, subjecting it to quality control processes, marking defects, introducing repeating units, and cutting the wire to obtain multiple wire elements. The process ensures that the length of the coated wire remains consistent before cutting to produce the wire elements.

Furthermore, the patent details additional quality control processes before and after introducing repeating units, including inspecting, testing dimensional properties, and marking defects. Laser ablation is utilized for marking defects, reducing thickness, and applying reject marks. The method also specifies the length of repeating units, the range of lengths for coated wires, and the time required for the production process. Additionally, the patent highlights the percentage of coating on the metal wire and the coated wire to maintain consistency and quality throughout the production process.

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