Need slickline? Slicklines.com—we’ve got it. Click it and come on in to Central Wire Industries’ (CWI) new oil and gas product focused website. Our GD™ - SUPA® slickline is a fabulous product that we’d hate for well service operators to miss out on. This streamlines the search, order, and delivery process.
SUPA® and GD™ specialty alloys are well-known and long-standing quality names in oil and gas wireline applications. After acquiring these brands, we’ve used our metallurgical and engineering skills to continue to develop and improve the products. We’re proud to offer continuous weld-free lengths of up to 30,000 ft. (9144 m) that can withstand extremely challenging chemical conditions and heavy loads. Our online Material Guide product selector makes it easy to match a product to your specific well conditions.
Understanding the urgency that often exists in drilling and production situations, we want customers to be able to find what they need quickly and easily. So here’s slicklines.com. “This direct product link recognizes that more and more slickline operators all over the world are remote, and they will benefit from direct information from a focused site,” says CWI Commercial Vice President Tom Dodds.
Offshore wireline operation
Slicklines.com is designed to be customer-friendly. We believe many of our customers, particularly when they are in the field, will find this new site a useful and convenient way to access the best wireline products available today. They can order slickline from their desk, lap, or hand, depending on the device they are using. And with representatives all over the world, CWI can quickly get them what they need, wherever they are, onshore or offshore.
“We want you to find us and get your slickline quickly because we know your time is money,” Dodds said. “And more importantly, we know that in the oil business, down time is money lost.”
The TIG welding wire printer is a highly specialized piece of equipment built from scratch in the Perth, Ontario, plant. It ink-prints identification on the wire instead of stamping or embossing it.
LOOKING THROUGH the windows of CWI plants, you can’t see the extent of technology and workmanship embodied by our equipment. Some machines shine, obviously advanced in every way. Others appear well used. But don’t be deceived; they likely click and gleam with high-tech workings inside. Central Wire Industries operations are modern and forward-moving, and our machinery is often remodeled and rebuilt, customized for precision.
We have modernized and upgraded numerous wire production lines as well as ancillary treatment equipment over the years. Employees have been given the OK to use their skill and experience to craft what the shops need. CWI often strips an old piece of equipment to the frames and studs and rebuilds a new machine that more accurately meets our customers’ needs than anything on the market. The process combines the operational and maintenance expertise of our machinists and millwrights with advanced software design, such as Solidworks, as well as modern PLC (programmable logic controller) and HMI (human machine interface) upgrades.
Drafters used 3D CAD software to design a machine
that could ink print on TIG welding wire.
“When refurbishing an older piece of equipment, we tear it down to its basic frame, and then build it back up with new shafts, bearings, pulleys, motors, and control systems to make it much more user friendly as well as faster and more efficient,” said Tim McMullen, corporate engineering, maintenance, and process technology manager, in Perth, Ontario. “It’s like fixing up a ’58 Chevy; it’s 60 years old but basically brand new.”
Being able to fabricate our own machines means we do more work in-house, without having to contract portions of jobs out. It means we can build the machinery to fit our floor space instead of buying, selling, or building to create room for equipment. In the end, the products produced, be it profile wire or wire rope, are among the highest quality and most precise available.
There also are the financial benefits. “Not only does our ability to customize our equipment help us on the manufacturing side, it also saves us a great deal of money. For example, we can purchase a used piece of wire drawing equipment at auction for less than $10,000. We will then spend between $20K-$30K in refurbishing it to meet our specific needs. To purchase a similar piece of equipment new would be well over $100K.”
That’s a huge savings that lowers CWI’s overhead and potentially the price on many products.
CWI comes by the ability to build and customize its equipment because of a staff of long-time workers with a storehouse of knowledge and hands-on experience. Employees include engineers, technicians, and metallurgists who work in our in-house QA/QC testing labs to verify accuracy of size, texture, density, pattern, and strength of products and the machines that make them. Our craftsmen, from Europe to North America, are masters of their art and have used their knowledge of drawing and shaping, of heat and pressure, to expertly construct and upgrade much of the company’s highly specialized equipment.
When the Union plant began processing larger diameter spring wires that have break loads over 60,000 pounds, the facility was not equipped to handle it. They incurred extra cost and lost time advantages because they had to hire outside labs.
V. Jeff Martin, director of technology and quality, suggested relocating a much larger tensile testing machine from Lancaster, SC. It wasn’t being used there and sounded like what they needed in Illinois. Unfortunately, the machine wasn’t quite ready for loads of 60,000-plus pounds that needed testing. Rich Lusz, quality control supervisor in Union, said, “This piece of equipment is from the 1960s and is not exactly state of the art … not cutting edge.”
But the Union technicians determined how to make it work. They upgraded parts and the display and coordinated with a local company, Cal-Rite, to calibrate the machine. The Union facility can now test sample a maximum break load of 200,000 pounds – on a machine that looks retro.
This craftsmanship not only applies to existing equipment but to new equipment requirements as well. When CWI re-introduced Generation4 welding wire to its product line, it designed and manufactured a key piece of TIG wire equipment in-house. The TIG welding wire printer is a highly specialized piece of equipment conceived and built from scratch to ink-print identification on the wire instead of stamping or embossing it.
CWI also makes sure our remodeled and rebuilt equipment meets strict safety requirements. “Old machines don’t meet them,” McMullen said. They can become nothing more than dust-collectors if not modified. Often stock machines don’t meet strict ergonomic and safety standards either. Our staff of millwrights, machinists, electricians, and welders, not only repair and maintain equipment, they modify, upgrade, and improve it.
At CWI-UK in Rotherham, technicians custom craft the dies for the profile/shape wire.
In another show of skill and precision, our in-house technicians service and modify their own drawing dies. A .0120 will never reach .0125 diameter on their watch. Because of their ability to contour dies, they can carve a worn die to another diameter, giving it new life. CWI can produce round and flat wire from 1.00” (25.4mm) down to 0.002" (0.0508mm), smaller than a strand of hair, with unmatched precision.
Craftsmanship is appreciated in many fields, from cabinetry to black smithery. Manufacturers of specialty spring and mesh are known for their crafting operations; CWI’s wire-drawing and machinery craftsmanship is akin to any of those with attention detail, quality, and precision. CWI is fortunate to have craftsmen—drafting technicians, engineers, metallurgists, welders, machinists, and more—on our in-house teams, workers skilled with seeing needs, visualizing designs, and making things with their hands.
From wire rod coils to assembled parts, CWI connects. Draw-Strand-Assemble is how CWI works with customers to transform an individual component into the finished product. CWI wire and wire related products weave their way throughout high-end applications from 30,000 feet deep to outer space and many places in between.
It starts at one of many CWI factories where drawing specialty alloy wires from coils of metal rod, such as stainless steel, nickel, cobalt and copper alloys is CWI’s expertise. Drawing, the metalworking process by which rod or wire is elongated and reduced to a precise diameter, is just the beginning. Depending on the product application, the metal alloy is expertly processed, heated and surface treated into an array of fine wire products including bar stock, specialty shape profile wire and numerous welding wire products. Finished wire is often the starting raw material in the manufacture of other value-added products such as fasteners, mesh, belting, weaves, filters, springs and screens. The industries served are numerous, and it is safe to say wherever metal equipment is found there is a wire component to be found.
After drawing, some CWI wire heads to Strand Core, for stranding. Strand Core, CWI’s Florida-based company, winds wire to create numerous cable and wire rope configurations. The cable can also undergo further heat or chemical treatment depending on the final application. Stranded wire is stronger, more flexible and durable than solid—single strand—wire. Hence, cable and wire rope are used to make lifting, supporting, rigging and push/pull mechanisms and assemblies for aerospace, architecture, automotive, marine, medical, theatrical, and oil and gas applications.
Strand Core cable connects to Sanlo Inc. in Indiana, especially when Made in America products are needed from melt stage to finished assembly. Sanlo takes various cable products and coats them with vinyl or nylon and/or adds a variety of fittings to make custom engineered mechanical cable assemblies. These assembled products help solve an array of “connection” challenges in automotive, railcar, recreational, safety, and security product applications.
CWI, Strand Core and Sanlo products become key components in a vast array of industrial and commercial applications, including fastening, welding, lifting, joining, supporting, heating, cutting, pushing, pulling, dampening, protecting and securing. Ongoing articles and blogs on this site will explore in more detail the connections between CWI products and the final end-uses we see and use every day. Some applications are in plain sight and others are deeply hidden. You’ll be surprised to learn the stages and processes wire goes through to make a product or how it plays a critical component role in a machine or process.
Draw-Strand-Assemble: It’s how CWI connects wire to manufacturers in building a better world.
Central Wire Industries’ has successfully transitioned each of its facilities to the latest versions of the respective QMS standards, including Sanlo Inc. and Strand Core. CWI maintains two highly recognized quality management system certifications. All our manufacturing facilities are ISO 9001:2015 registered and our CWI-Perris and Strand Core locations also have AS 9100:2016 (D) registration.
“As CWI has grown, so has the complexity for managing and maintaining different quality systems at our many locations and businesses,” says V. Jeff Martin, CWI Director of Technology and Quality. We take the necessary steps to be independently registered at all nine of our manufacturing facilities.
Potential customers, buyers, and clients look for and expect these certifications. But for CWI the process is not simply to check a compliance box; the structured procedures, documentation, and standards reinforce our meticulous effort around safety, quality, and customer service. In fact, it pushes us to do better, exceeding client expectations.
Outside certification registrars check and verify that the plants are meeting the requirements of the various standards. Our many facilities require a variety of assessors; we are certified by BSI in the US and UK, Smithers Quality Assessments, SRI, and Preferred Registrar Group. Those certification checks are periodic, but with the updates in ISO 9001:2015 more closely aligning quality and successful business strategies, CWI sees the benefits of maintaining the standards and adhering to the requirements day in and day out.
At CWI we are continuously self-monitoring and performing our own internal audits. We revisit goals and adjust as necessary, working towards continual improvements. We are always examining our processes and considering ways to improve them. We go beyond the certification requirements to most efficiently provide the highest quality and services.
CWI is proud to have advanced to the ISO 9100: 2015 and AS9100:2016 (D) standards. They are less rigid in many ways, having a greater focus on performance. They require involvement from top level management down to the factory floors and offices. This leads to focused goals that are clear throughout an organization. The updated ISO 9100:2015 has a new “high level structure” that, through creating commonality, allows easy integration and communication across management systems and among managers.
It combines the process approach with risk-based thinking, and it employs the Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) cycle with inclusion of knowledge management principles as well. “CWI uses the PDCA cycle at all levels of the organization –at sales order entry, production planning, contract review, manufacturing, testing, certification, shipping, claims, accounting/finance, and management,” Martin says. It allows the company to serve customers’ individual needs while maintaining industry standards and manufacturing high-quality products and services. The ISO and AS standards help CWI and CWI companies remain on the same page and speak the same language across industries, state lines, and international borders.
CWI UK receives the Queen`s Award for Enterprise in the category of International Trade, CWI UK awarded country's most prestigious honor
Central Wire Industries is proud to announce that Central Wire Industries UK Limited has been awarded the 2018 Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the category of International Trade. With facilities in Rotherham, CWI UK Ltd is a leading manufacturer of stainless steel and nickel-based alloy wires. The award recognizes the company’s impressive 92%-plus growth in export sales in the last three years.
CWI UK will be able to use the esteemed Queen’s Award emblem for the next five years.
James Roper, managing director of CWI UK Ltd, said: "I am absolutely delighted that Central Wire Industries UK Ltd has won the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise. The winning of this award gives recognition to all the hard work and commitment given by each of our employees both past and present."
From Canada, Central Wire Industries Ltd. President and CEO Paul From agreed: “It is very exciting, and I attribute the success in whole to the UK team.”
Currently CWI UK employs 57 people. It is part of the Central Wire Industries Ltd group of companies headquartered in Ontario, Canada.
CWI has the widest range of high performance specialty alloys in nickel, stainless and red metal, and cable products, which are used in multiple industries worldwide, including oil and gas, medical, aerospace, automotive, and marine. CWI UK’s wire drawing and wire rolling operations manufacture round and profile forms in more than 50 different alloys.
Now in its 52nd year, the Queen’s Award for Enterprise is the most prestigious business award in the United Kingdom. CWI UK will receive the award with trophy during a royal reception for Queen’s Award winners at Buckingham Palace this summer.
About Central Wire Industries, Ltd.
CWI manufactures and distributes specialty alloy wire and cable products. Headquartered in Perth, Ontario, Canada it has more than 400 employees selling products in more than 50 countries. For more information, visit www.centralwire.com or follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter @CentralWireInd and @CentralWireUK.
CWI’s stainless steel wire roots connect to Sheffield (where it all began)
Central Wire Industries embraces new opportunities and advancements that make us a well-rounded specialty alloy wire supplier meeting the needs of a variety of industries. While we continue to look forward we haven’t forgotten our industrial roots and are proud to have a connection to them with CWI UK, our plant in Rotherham, a stone’s throw from Sheffield. CWI acquired Hempel Wire Industries Rotherham, UK facility in 2015, which added new IP, shaped profile wire, and other products.
Sheffield was often called Steel City and was once the undisputed metalworking capital of the world. It has been known for its cutlery production for nearly 800 years, but it became one of the world’s industrial capitals in the 1700s when new techniques were developed there that revolutionized the steel industry.
First was the crucible steel process, the first method of casting steel bars, producing a tougher, steel that had consistent, reliable quality. It also could be produced in larger quantities. Benjamin Huntsman’s technique led Sheffield from producing 200 tons of steel a year to 20,000 tons.
Soon after Thomas Boulsover, a cutlery maker, created silver plate. He happened upon a temperature for fusing silver and copper and found them compatible for manipulation. This faux silver was obviously cheaper and became popular, allowing the working class to showcase their own silver teapots, candlesticks and cutlery.
More than 100 years later Sheffield would again be at the center of a steel-industry revolution when Henry Bessemer perfected a special furnace to super-heat iron and refine the metal to steel. The process lowered the production cost of steel and thus increased an industrializing world’s ability to acquire and use it.
Maintaining its reputation as a place for innovation, the formula and process for making stainless steel were developed by Harry Brearley in the steelmaking labs of Sheffield in the early 1900s.
Brearley ran into considerable resistance when trying to sell the steel that rusted and stained less. It was as if only he could see its potential value. He said:
“The range of the mind’s eye is restricted by the skill of the hand. The castles in the air must conform to the possibilities of material things—border-line possibilities perhaps; or, if something beyond the known border is required, the plan must wait until other dreams come true.”
Eventually, his persistence paid off. Where other low-carbon chromium-iron alloys didn’t take off, Brearley teamed with his cutlery-making friends to prove what he had immediately thought—this rust-resistant steel would be brilliant for knives. It would eventually find other uses—anywhere that corrosion would be an issue, including power generation, oil and gas, construction and food production industries.
Brearley is known as the Father of Modern Metal, and we think of him as our forefather and Sheffield as our ancestral home. From that beginning CWI now produces more than 40 grades of stainless steel wire, used for everything from fine jewelry to aerospace components. Bessemer, Brearley and the others would be proud.
It is difficult to imagine that counterfeiters copying patented and trademarked goods from halfway around the world affect your business, employees and customers, but they do. The theft of intellectual property patents, trademarks and copyrights creates a negative chain reaction that can include the loss of revenue, jobs, brand integrity and safety.
On a global scale, counterfeit products sometimes known as knock-offs cost billions of dollars every year. That estimated cost has grown from $5.5 billion in 1982 to $600 billion presently, a staggering 10,000 percent increase. It’s more than purses and jeans. Knock-offs have crept into the alloy wire industry, which produces critical components of products that affect every aspect of our lives—from medical equipment to bridges, from toasters to cars. The repercussions from using counterfeit metals and wires could be dire.
A company can implement numerous safeguards to protect its intellectual property (IP):
With unscrupulous counterfeiters tempting and deceiving companies with lower prices, how can you protect your process, employees and reputation? And perhaps more importantly, how do you protect the safety of your products and avoid the possible dire consequences of having a device or piece of equipment fail because of inferior metal “knock-offs”?
As a business buying goods, you can also take extra precautions against counterfeit materials.
Counterfeiters and their fraudulent products can be catastrophic to many parties and undoubtedly to a company’s reputation. A little bit of time spent researching the legitimacy of your suppliers, their product origins and quality standards is well worth the effort in helping to combat trademark and IP fraud. Also, it can ensure the safety of your workers and others and preserve the good standing and trustworthiness of your company within your industry.
This is the second blog on trademark counterfeiting. Read “Copycats and costly catastrophes: A dangerous supply chain game” for more information.
Stealing intellectual property (IP) or using counterfeit branded products, whether it’s a designer purse or a special metal alloy, can result in devastating consequences to the end user.
Companies spend considerable effort, time, and money in creating new products for customer benefit. This intellectual property is often patented and/or trademarked. The latter action is undertaken to create brand names for customers to readily identify the products they want and need. A trademarked product acts as a type of insurance, but buyers need to do their homework to ensure that they are getting what they paid for and are not using an inferior and potentially dangerous “knock-off”.
Counterfeits and knock-offs are a multi-billion dollar a year industry that has grown from a vendor selling goods out of the back of his truck to the vast globalized supply chain that has descended upon us in the last 25 years, and has unwittingly provided an infinite number of enticing illegal opportunities for counterfeiters to embrace.
So why is incorporating counterfeit metals into your production process or end use playing a dangerous game?
Knock-offs have crept into the alloy wire industry which produces critical components utilized in the medical, aerospace, oil & gas, appliance, electronics, mining, automotive and a host of other industries, touching every aspect of our lives. In fact, the majority of the goods we consume on a daily basis carry some elements of metal, from the smart phones buzzing in our pockets to the intricate leading edge medical wire MIT researchers have used to develop an implantable device that recognizes which drugs are compatible for eradicating cancerous tumors. In this precarious situation, using a “knock-off” metal could result in dire consequences, and possibly even death for an individual already struggling to survive.
Industrial infrastructure that we depend on in our daily lifestyles is often tied to proper use of trademarked materials and the benefits they incur to the end users. The creation of industry standards for commercial materials, such as the Unified Numbering System (UNS) for metals and alloys to systematically designate them by composition, “does not guarantee any performance specifications or exact composition with impurity limits.” Quality and performance variances exist from supplier to supplier within any given alloy, despite the classification system used to identify and source them.
Leading manufacturers of metals and metal products, like Central Wire Industries (CWI) employ process trade secrets to ensure quality, tight tolerances and/or discernable special properties of final product grades. CWI goes to great lengths to ensure the integrity and quality of raw materials in their supply chain, especially when the final product carries a globally recognizable trademark or brand name like GDTM and SUPAâ used in oil and gas wireline and slickline applications. Many end users test and approve these products and include the trademarked brand names in their final purchase specification and such is the case for several grades of the GDTM and SUPAâ family of products. Only CWI plants are authorized to make these trademarked products and select distributors and agents then act as resellers around the world to ensure stock availability and on-time delivery.
Specialty alloy slicklines are designed to perform in very harsh and corrosive conditions, and with varying degrees of mechanical stress in wells. Oil and gas wells around the world are being drilled to almost unthinkable depths, with the deepest well completed by Exxon Nefegus in 2012 measuring an astounding 12,376 meters (40,604 ft.) The strength, quality, and reliability of metals required to withstand the severe operating pressures, temperatures, loads and chemical environments at these depths is crucial in order to avoid catastrophic events such as failed equipment, loss of production, or even loss of human life or environmental disasters.
Using products from un-approved suppliers or trademark counterfeiters can result in product liability claims due to: equipment failure, loss of production and/or costly repairs or fishing jobs, and possibly structural and environmental catastrophes. Even worse is the prospect of worker injury should the inferior metals purchased from deceitful suppliers fail during use. These consequences of failure can be greatly compounded in environmentally sensitive areas such as offshore drilling.
In today’s globalized supply chain environment, raw materials can be procured from any number of sources and due diligence is required to guarantee not only trademark ownership, but also the absence of conflict minerals. Subsequently, minerals can be melted almost anywhere in the world including numerous locations in new or developing economic regions and countries, where industrial and commercial trade practices may not meet recognized supply chain integrity standards.
With unscrupulous counterfeiters tempting or deceiving companies with lower prices and availability of specialty alloys, how can you police the fair use of your trademarked products and the integrity of the brands? Quality suppliers want to ensure the safe use of their products, and maximize customer user experience. The next blog in this series will explore how manufacturers and customers can both protect trademarks and ensure that they are getting what they paid for from metal melt to finished product.
Note: GDTM and SUPA® are trademarks of Central Wire Industries Ltd.
August 26, 2016 – Perth, Ontario, Canada - Central Wire Industries (CWI) is pleased to announce the acquisition of Sanlo, Inc. (Sanlo), a manufacturer and distributor of galvanized and stainless wire rope, custom extruded products, and engineered cable assemblies located in Michigan City, Indiana.
Please click here for the news release in PDF format.
Central Wire Industries UK had the opportunity to display under the CWI group of companies banner at Wire 2016. Previously known as Hempel Wire Ltd, CWI purchased the company in 2015 and was very excited to showcase their wide range of Stainless Steels / Nickel alloys / Non-Ferrous wires - spring wires, profiles, slicklines, ropes and cables.
It was a huge event that brought together numerous industry professionals. Thank-you to all our international agents that were with us to assist in building new relationships and connecting with the visitors to our stand. Over the course of the five day show we met business experts and customers from all around the globe in industries such as nuclear, aerospace, medical, automotive and oil and gas sectors.
Wire 2016 was the perfect time to launch our newest innovation, our mobile CWI APP. This new technology provides on-thego access to important information and services related to your business needs. With the 60 inch touch screen-feature available this allowed visitors to draw their desired profile/shape and submit the design to CWI. Guests visit the CWI booth at Wire 2016 With a great number of new connections and many more requests for information by mail, CWI is happy to report the success of Wire 2016. Keep a close eye on us for Wire Dusseldorf 2018, CWI plans on being the biggest, and best ever!
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