Quickly and reliable identify solar panel cables for 10 years outdoors
Vindo Solar B.V. is a solar PV engineering, design, installation and maintenance company, operating in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Ireland and Poland. Vindo Solar quickly needed an efficient solution to reliably identify the cables and inverters of 124 000 solar panels in the Haringvliet- Zuid renewable energy park in the Netherlands. In agreement with Vindo Solar’s main customer, any identification solution used had to stay attached and remain legible for 10 years under active UV-radiation and in rough environmental conditions. Read the Case study and learn how Brady has helped Vindo Solar to answer this challenge.
Solutions: Reliable, colour-coded tags printed at the construction site
The B-7598 tags are designed to perform great in outdoor environments for up to 10 years. Printed tags show no visible effect when exposed to 95% humidity at 37°C, when heated up to 100°C or cooled down to -40°C. Printed tags also offer great abrasion resistance and are available in white, black, yellow, red, green, blue and metallic. This enabled Vindo Solar to easily colour code AC cables, solar cables, fuses, grounding cables, communication cables and fibre optic cables.
To identify 100+ invertors on-site, Brady supplied its B-7593 nameplate label. This is a polyester label equipped with a foam that looks just like an engraved metal nameplate but with increased flexibility at a fraction of the cost. After printing the self-adhesive label quickly expands to take on the shape of a metal nameplate.
With the compact, high volume BradyPrinter i3300 Industrial Label Printer, Vindo Solar is equipped with highly flexible and fast identification capabilities. The system can print a wide variety of labels, sleeves, tags and signs for cable, product and facility identification. Printable materials can be switched and be ready to print in less than 20 seconds thanks to smart label rolls and printer auto-calibration. Via Brady Workstation label design apps, Vindo Solar can easily import data from Excel to print labels at great speed and efficiency. “In a 124 000 solar panel plant, the quantity of labels that are needed, is enormous. The flexibility offered by the BradyPrinter i3300 is just what we needed.”
Results: Reliably identified outdoor cables
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