There is a difference between marking time and cycle time for industrial parts marking. “Okay”, you might say. “So what? Does that matter?” The answer is simple: Yes, it does. At least, if a realistic throughput calculation matters to you. For example, in order to validate if you can meet the target output with your equipment, stay within the calculated costs per part, and plan your internal resources such as required production people correctly.Read More
Due to traceability reasons, many parts and products have to be marked with codes. Finding room on a product to place traceability content is often a challenge. Manufacturers and designers tend to use every available space on the part to squeeze all tracking information required.Read More
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. As of today, Q-switch lasers are more common because they have already existed on the market for a longer time. That is why they are sometimes called “standard laser”. But due to their high flexibility, MOPA lasers like the FOBA Y.0201 and Y.0201-DN, are an interesting alternative for many applications.Read More
In the previous article about data matrix codes (DMCs) you learned some basics. This article addresses questions which you will come across in your daily work with marking DMCs sooner or later:
- How can you optimize the DMC to increase its readability?
- How can you decrease the marking time for a DMC?
- How can you avoid that DMCs are incorrectly marked?
A data matrix code, or in short simply “DMC”, is a 2D code. In many industries DMCs have become the preferred way of encoding data, e.g. in automotive and medical industries. Machine readable data matrix codes are marked reliably, efficiently, permanently and abrasion-resistant with laser marking machines. But what do I need to know if I would like to mark products with data matrix codes? Read More
Since the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announced the upcoming implementation of obligatory Unique Device Identification (UDI) marking for medical devices, manufacturers have been searching for feasible and economic marking solutions. Read More
Following the Unique Device Identification directive (UDI), mandated by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), medical devices have to be clearly identified to ensure traceability and patient safety. The rule-compliant implementation challenges medical device manufacturers and raises many questions. Read More
At the Medtech Europe, starting tomorrow in Stuttgart, FOBA will demonstrate laser marking on medical forceps. Visitors can get this trade show sample and see in live demonstrations, how vision-based automated laser positioning enables accurate marking results, even on products that are totally out of alignment from their expected positions.
Laser light is highly focused and fast so that the surrounding material is only slightly affected during the marking process. Laser is thus able to create even the smallest marks with high contrast and sharp boundaries.