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Bespoke badge manufacturer Retrade has installed a specially designed and built fume-extraction system from Flextraction to improve the working environment for its employees.

Retrade manufactures a range of traditional printed badges and engraved styles to full-colour digital badges with complex graphics.

The range includes personalised name badges, ID cards, button and embroidered badges, pins and enamel badges, conference, and temporary badges.

Paul Mitchell, operations director at Retrade, said: ‘A few years back, the company was given a project to produce a name badge with a durable, wipe-clean surface and enhanced appearance and we came up with a process called doming, which is putting a self-levelling epoxy resin over the badge to protect it.

‘The process had existed but nobody had put it on a name badge before.

‘Health and Safety regulations state that there are some associated risks when working with epoxy resins.

‘We only use small amounts on each badge but produce a lot of badges, so we put in this extraction system to comply with the latest regulations.

‘We approached Flextraction after finding it on the internet.

‘The only criterion we gave the company was that the system had to be bench-mounted.

‘It came, had a look at what we do, did some calculations and came up with a suggestion as to what we needed, and installed it.

‘The company responded very well to our initial enquiry and came up with a good solution,’ Mitchell added.

The Flextraction fume extraction system is designed and built around five different-sized extraction cabinets, which are designed to contain and capture all fumes while still allowing operator access.

Three cabinets each measuring 500 x 500 x 1,200mm are used for applying self-levelling epoxy resin to each badge, while two cabinets each 500 x 500 x 710mm are used to store and cure the resin on the badges, which give off fumes until hardened a few hours later.

PVC-371 lightweight, flexible and compressible hosing with an operating temperature range of approximately -10C to +110C links each cabinet to the ducting system, designed and proportioned to provide a good conveying velocity throughout its length.

All fumes are extracted to outside the building using a floor-mounted CB-1428 single-phase centrifugal, single-inlet fan with multi forward-facing blades and running at 1,300r/min.


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