Technology for laser engraving and marking has evolved. The permanent, attractive marking of logos and part numbers on products is no longer a luxury, but rather a necessity for many industries.
The value and inherent benefits of computer assisted Laser marking metals systems are being understood more and more every day. Laser markers are capable of producing unique, high-quality images and machine-readable codes that surpass simple alpha-numeric markings. A wide variety of parts can be marked with lasers, including jewelry, firearms, aerospace components, medical equipment and devices, electronics, and many other parts that require marking.
Advantages of Laser Marking Technology
As time and technology have advanced, laser marking, engraving, and etching utilizing newer laser technology outpaces the cost and quality of the product so much that the market is changing for manufacturers. Laser marking and engraving can be performed on nearly any type of material, including gold, platinum, silver, brass, stainless steel, carbide, copper, titanium, aluminum, as well as a wide variety of medical-grade alloys and plastics.
Non-contact laser marking is known for its durability, high-temperature resistance, microcoded laser marks that resist high and extreme temperatures (which means the tiny etched words won’t degrade). These biocompatible metals are processed without the use of toxic solvents, inks, or acids.
On the other hand, other traceable marking methods, such as ink-jet, hand engraving, and dot-peen marking, cannot always be relied upon not to fade, run, or become less discernible with time.
The wear and tear and time-affected corruptibility of markings that are not laser etched has become evident to product engineers. So much so that laser marking is routinely requested when life-time traceability requirements are imposed on products.
It is due to this inherent time-induced corruption that today’s non-contact laser marking process is changing how routine engraving and etching are carried out.
Selecting the right laser marking equipment with the best capabilities is crucial whether you are looking to enter new markets, maintain existing business or add a competitive advantage. You can gain an advantage in today’s high value markets by using a fiber laser marking system from LaserStar!
Fiber Laser Marking Systems Can Be Used For The Following Applications:
Marking medical devices in accordance with FDA guidelines: Mark titanium medical implants with highly contrasting black colored logos, part and serial numbers, and machine-readable 2-D matrix codes.
Meeting and exceeding the requirements of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms: ermanently mark firearms and small arms components with part and serial numbers to a depth and size suitable for permanent identification.
Produce eye-catching graphics: Aluminum parts are made of anodized clear aluminum for high-end aftermarket automotive applications. Dark, attractive markings can be incorporated into this material, which will add to the overall aesthetics of the product, rather than detract from it.
Due to the non-contact nature of laser engraving (no tools to wear out or break), the character definition and depth will remain flawless no matter what the material hardness. Laser marking systems are reliable and robust, easy to program and cost less than one dollar an hour to operate.
Laser marking can be used to create identification text, serial numbers, corporate logos, 2-D data matrix, bar code, graphic and digital images, or any individual process data.