Laser Marking Service for Stainless Steel Parts

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.Laser Marking is essential to marking materials for easy identification

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.

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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.

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Medical Device Manufacturing

Our tightly controlled quality process and ISO 9001 and ISO 13485 certifications make us the preferred partner for many medical device manufacturers across the globe. From implantable devices to surgical instruments, electropolishing is a single-process treatment that results in biocompatible, safe and ultra clean parts.

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We offer aerospace vendors and original equipment manufacturers our signature metal finishing services to increase fatigue-resistance for their metal parts, rendering them capable of withstanding the stress and corrosion that comes with long-term use. Surface abnormalities lead to part failure, but with electropolishing, parts become more reliable and long lasting.

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Our strict adherence to industry standards ensures that pharmaceutical components are electropolished in accordance with ASTM B912 and ASME BPE specifications. These products are clean and smooth, corrosion resistant and contaminant free.

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Corrosion resistance and microfinish improvement are essential for critical automotive parts, making electropolishing an increasingly beneficial option for automakers. Electropolishing both interior and exterior auto parts ensures they will resist premature failure and function at an optimal level.

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Consumer Appliance

Notable examples of appliance parts we electropolish are 400-series stainless steel alloys used in many consumer appliances. Our metal finishing services help increase corrosion resistance for these parts, and by removing the outermost layer of metal withelectropolishing the durability and longevityof these appliance components is increased.

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Food & Beverage

We have a long history of working with the food and beverage industry. Electropolishing materials for this industry eliminates the buildup of bacterial biofilms, as well as keeping the equipment free of contaminants like Salmonella. When it comes to food and beverage processing equipment, safety and cleanliness are of the upmost importance and electropolishing delivers the level of sanitation required by a number of regulatory agencies.

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Hydraulics & Pneumatics

From robotics to heavy mobile equipment, the uses of electropolishing in the hydraulics and pneumatics industry are many. By helping prevent premature part failure, electropolishing reduces the amount of downtime and increases the life cycle of these components. Proper surface finish and cleanliness is key in this industry, and electropolishing attains the finishour customers require.

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Improving conductivity and performance is just one benefit electropolishing offers for electronics parts. The surface finish is improved by as much as 50 percent, removing imperfections from the material without removing a lot of material removal from the component.

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