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Black marking: From technical details to practical application

Black marking is a term used in the field of laser marking. The term refers to an effect that creates a deep black, non-reflective marking. This type of marking has many advantages for marking sensitive products and is therefore predestined for applications in medical technology. We took a close look at this special deep black marking – from theory to practice.

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What are the features of laser coding?

This question inevitably concerns all those looking for a coding solution. That's why we asked our laser experts what is typical for laser codings. The answers can be summarized as follows: Laser codings are durable, high-contrast and perfectly legible, precise and gentle on materials. But what does that mean? We took a close look at these qualities.

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UKCA marking on medical devices: New regulations

Following Brexit, products that currently bear a CE mark require a new UKCA (UK Conformity Assessed) mark to remain or be introduced on the UK market. The UKCA regulation came into effect on January 1, 2021 and includes special guidelines for medical devices. We answer the most important questions about the new UKCA and the latest deadline postponements.

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Laser marking made easier: FOBA Middleware Integration Software

The task of integrating a marking laser into a special working environment becomes easier with the help of FOBA Middleware. This software solution package has been developed for the easy integration of FOBA's basic laser marking systems. It also enables a facilitation of installation and setup and aims to ensure a continuously reliable and user-friendly marking process. The interview with Son Tran, FOBA’s Sales Manager Europe, provides answers to frequent questions regarding the benefits, capabilities, and fields of application of FOBA Middleware.

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FAQ Laser Safety Officer: What Do I Need to Know?

The laser protection regulation for Germany, the "Verordnung zum Schutz der Arbeitnehmer vor Gefährdungen durch künstliche optische Strahlung - OStrV", requires a written appointment of a laser safety officer for the operation of lasers of the two most dangerous laser classes (3 or 4). You will find all relevant questions and answers here.

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Automation in laser marking is more than robotics

Customized automation solutions from visual process control to robotic parts handling: FOBA, in cooperation with automation experts, offers technical solutions that make the marking process more efficient for industrial customers. How this is implemented differs individually.

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Webinar follow-up with Medagent: Questions and answers around the validation of a laser marking system

"What to consider when validating my UDI marking laser system to be compliant with the regulations?" was the topic of our UDI Expert Talk on March 18, 2021 with Wolfgang Hirschauer from the consulting firm Medagent and Christian Söhner from FOBA. Many of the questions that were asked at the end of the webinar could not be answered due to time constraints, so we summarize all the answers in this blog article.

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Webinar follow-up with Merck: How to improve laser marking through functional pigments

Silvia Rosenberger, Technical Marketing Manager at Merck KGaA, Darmstadt Germany, held a lecture as part of the FOBA “Virtual Manufacturing Day 2020” webinar series on January 14, 2021. As an expert for laser pigments, she explained together with her colleague Stefan Gutberlet, Global Marketing Manager Industrial Pigments, how plastics can be optimized for obtaining best laser marking results.

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Laser Marking of Plastics in Medical Technology

A great number of medical applications, many of which require direct part marking for device identification purposes, are made of plastics. Since lasers can create durable and high-quality marks, laser technology is the proven method for plastic marking.

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FOBA at the Virtual Manufacturing Day November 24th, 2020

The first Virtual Manufacturing Day 2020 on November 24 is a virtual trade show for manufacturing companies from the automotive, medical or electronics industries. The focus is on automation solutions specifically for product tracking. The exhibitors are showcasing innovations in optical quality control, robot-supported production, analysis and diagnostics, in the application of materials such as metal or plastic, and in laser marking.

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UDI Laser Marking on Plastic Products – Safety First for the Medical Part

In order to increase patient safety, reusable medical parts must be provided with a UDI code (UDI - Unique Device Identification) which remains permanently legible even with heavy use and frequent cleaning. But also beyond legal requirements, manufacturers and users employ part markings for a reliable traceability. That’s why UDI codes or other labels can be found on almost all instruments, devices and accessories in medical technology.

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What is a MOPA Laser and What is it Used For?

Fiber laser markers, be it pulsed or continuous wave, have prevailed in nearly all industries for marking products permanently and in high quality. The fiber lasers that are used for industrial part marking usually are either Q-switch or MOPA lasers.

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Recharge Batteries in the Sun – Recreation or Work?

In summer, many people are looking for relaxation and holidays – while solar panels are now particularly productive. FOBA’s motto “Bring products to life by harnessing laser technology” also applies to this future-oriented technology of energy generation.

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Laser Marking on Sports Shoes

New Year, good resolutions … The motivation to do more sport can be increased even further with a fashionable and individual design of the sports shoes! In the production of sports shoes, on both the shoe sole and the upper materials marks can be applied with laser marking.

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Ultra High Contrast Marking on Metal

Complex structures of a substrate – such as on castings in the automotive sector – may complicate the readability of the applied codes due to shadows in varying lighting conditions and therefore poor contrasts.

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Laser Marking on Titanium – High-quality Marks on Valuable Material

Expensive materials like titanium, and especially the products made from it, require markings of an appropriate high quality. In order to demonstrate the marking capabilities of a pulsed fiber laser on titanium, we have marked the material with 80 fields of different colors on plates of 5 x 5 cm (1.97 in²) for our sample case.

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FOBA’s French Fry Picker Completes your Barbecue

The “high class” version of the conventional French fry fork and reusable as well: our stainless steel laser cut and laser marked application sample has been introduced right for the start of the 2017 barbecue season, and has been highly appreciated by our trade show visitors so far.

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Electronic Parts – Traceability in Detail

Electronic parts and products get identification marks to allow for correct allocation during complex production processes, for safety reasons in case of breakdown, for tracking and registration of inventory, as a prevention against forgery as well as to ensure traceability throughout the complete value chain.

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Visible in the Dark – Day-Night-Design

This time of the year, driving with searchlights on lightens up the outside darkness. Inside the vehicle, we hit the right switches when they are lit up from inside out. Their transparency and the backlit signs on them are created by highly precise layer removal.

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