What is Laser Marking?
Laser marking is a fast, economical, and reliable way to identify components made of stainless steel, titanium, Nitinol and anodized aluminum, as well as many plastics.
Able has recently purchased a Trumpf TruMark Laser Marking System to complement its suite of services that it offers to manufacturers of metal components for virtually any industry. Customers that currently use Able for electropolishing can now find one-stop-shopping for parts that require electropolishing, laser marking and a subsequent passivation operation.
Our Laser Marking Capabilities
With X, Y and Z stages as well as rotary indexers, Able has the ability to mark flat and 3-D components up to 18.7” high as well as cylindrical products with alphanumeric characters in any font. Able can mark any logo, shape or other form of identification including 17 most common barcodes including Code 39, Interleaved 2 of 5, EAN and Code 128A CODABAR. Able can mark five different 2-D matrix formats: all data matrix symbols including ECC200 (square and rectangular), dot code, PDF 417 and QR. All are fully UDI compliant.
Benefits of Laser Marking
For parts that require specific identifiers, such as medical devices and surgical tools, laser marking is an ideal solution. Laser markings give companies enhanced tracking capabilities and accountability for improved patient safety. Laser marking can be used to engrave logos, part numbers as well as any other required marking that adds to the aesthetics and uniqueness of the product.
Laser Marking Stainless Steel and Other Specialty Metals
Laser marking offers a convenient and cost-effective solution for marking and identifying parts and components made from stainless steel and other specialty metals like titanium, Nitinol and anodized aluminum.
During the process of laser marking stainless steel, the laser beam changes the material surface, creating permanent markings without removing material or hindering the integrity of the surface.
Able Electropolishing’s precision manufactured lasers and laser marking systems deliver the highest possible laser marking performance on a broad array of materials.
For a non-contact, permanent process that marks stainless steel, nickel, titanium and other metals without the stress and distortion produced by other marking methods, laser marking is the solution. It is ideal for metals that are exposed to hot, wet, abrasive or corrosive conditions. The Trumpf TruMark Laser Marking System can maintain extremely tight tolerances and clearly etch small fonts, barcodes, serial numbers and more.
What Types of Parts Can Use Laser Marking?
There are many different types of parts that require laser marking to meet the FDA’s unique device identifier (UDI) standards.
For instance, parts used in medical applications must have a unique identifying mark to allow for more accurate reporting and analyzing of information regarding the device when an adverse event occurs. The new UDI measures, intended to improve patient safety, allow for enhanced tracking and accountability.
These medical parts may include dental instruments, surgical tools, inspection equipment, and nearly any other type of parts that need a unique identifier.
Differences Between Laser Marking, Etching, and Engraving
While many often use laser marking, etching, and engraving interchangeably, there are several differences between these processes.
Laser marking is normally used for marking metal parts requiring serial or model numbers, while laser etching involves removing certain materials like laminates and plastics to create labels, and laser engraving typically involves marking wood, metal plates and plaques, firearms, automotive emblems, jewelry, and certain other consumer products.
Ultimately, laser marking specifically applies to the marking of industrial products for the purpose of proper identification in the event of malfunctioning or misuse.
The Full Metal Finishing Treatment
In addition to laser marking, while at Able your metal parts can also undergo other metal finishing treatments. We also provide electropolishing, passivation, titanium color anodizing and contract cleaning. Companies commonly utilize our metal finishing processes as the “final step” in their manufacturing cycle.
Contact us to speak to an account manager about your laser marking needs.