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Weighing the Pros & Cons of the Major Marking Methods

Posted by Mark Boyle on Wed, Nov 28, 2012 @ 11:44 AM

Not long ago, I discussed some of the factors you should consider when deciding which marking technology to use:  material type, part function, geometry, surface finish/roughness, coating, mark quality, mark dimension/part size, and serialization - all play a part in this process. Today’s post digs a bit deeper into selecting the right marking technology for your specific application by looking at a concise listing of the pros and cons of each of the major marking technologies: inkjet, dot peen, chemical etching, and laser marking.

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Topics: laser marking, laser engraving, marking methods, laser markers, laser marker, laser ablation, laser annealing

Direct Part Marking: Enabling Cradle-to-Grave Traceability

Posted by Mark Boyle on Tue, Oct 30, 2012 @ 08:00 AM

Product traceability over its complete lifecycle is one of the key issues driving marking technology today. Manufacturers are looking for cradle-to-grave traceability to improve product quality and make sure all their suppliers fall in line with quality standards. Oh, and let’s not forget they also want to make it easier and less costly to engage in product recalls. 

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Topics: laser marking, laser engraving, engraving, marking methods, laser markers, etching equipment, laser marker, laser annealing

Laser Marking, Laser Etching, & Laser Engraving: ONE Flexible Tool

Posted by Mark Boyle on Thu, May 31, 2012 @ 04:13 PM

We often talk about our laser markers as being "flexible" and "capable of making many different kinds of marks." Sounds great, doesn’t it?  Yes!  But what exactly does that mean?  Well, it means that depending how the laser is controlled, the mark you make may be just a surface effect – a color change - with little or no material removed, or it can remove significant amounts of material, leaving a groove that you can both see and feel.  Below is a list of several types of marks and typical applications for the same.  Note that all of these marks were made with a single (flexible!) fiber laser marker.

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Topics: laser marking, laser engraving, engraving, marking methods, laser markers, etching equipment, laser ablation, laser annealing, laser foaming, laser bleaching

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