Key Industries for Industrial Laser Marking

Automotive

Manufacturers of generic products for the engineering industry mark their products to identify and brand them. Lasers are often used by importers of unbranded tools who then brand them for the local market.

Materials

PC, PA, POM, PMMA, chrome, aluminium, anodised aluminium, steel

Products

Fuse box marking

Day/night devices

VIN plates

Deep engraved chassis

VIN numbers

Identification of metal components including gears, bearings and engine components

Electronics

Manufacturers of components for the electronics and telecommunications sectors mark their products to identify them, to add instructions and to enable tracking and traceability.

Increasingly a 2D code is required to meet the EIA 706 standard.

Materials

Epoxy resin
Silicon
Plastic

Products

ICs
PCBs
Keyboards
Switches

Construction

Manufacturers of construction products are being asked increasingly to identify their products using a permanent marking technology.

The broad product range offered by Macsa is ideal for marking the diverse range of materials used by the construction industry.

Materials

Clay
Wood
Glass
Plasterboard
Stone
Plastic
Aluminium

Products

Bricks
Flooring
Doors
Windows
Window frames
Cables

Security

Permanent ID code for aftermarket tracking and anti-counterfeit. Applications include identifying expensive goods for customs and excise purposes

Materials

Plastics PE Anodised aluminium Glass

Products

Security tags ID Cards Luxury goods

Automotive

Manufacturers of generic products for the engineering industry mark their products to identify and brand them. Lasers are often used by importers of unbranded tools who then brand them for the local market.

Materials

PC, PA, POM, PMMA, chrome, aluminium, anodised aluminium, steel

Products

Fuse box marking Day/night devices VIN plates Deep engraved chassis VIN numbers Identification of metal components including gears, bearings and engine components

Jewellery

Manufacturers of jewellery use lasers to decorate and personalise their products.

In this application, the laser is part of the manufacturing process and is seen as adding value to the product.

Lasers are used because they are digital, clean, fast and cost competitive with alternative technologies.

Materials

Gold
Silver
Platinum

Products

Rings
Bracelets
Necklaces
Watches

Medical Devices

Manufacturers of components for medical devices mark their products to identify them, to add instructions and to enable tracking and traceability.

It is expected that a 2D and GS1 code will become the norm.

Lasers are able to produce surface marks that do not harbour bacteria and pose a hygiene risk.

Materials

Plastics - PC, PVC, PMMA, Nylon 66
Metals - Stainless steel, titanium

Products

Surgical instruments
Dental equipment
Pacemakers
Clamps
Syringes
Test Kits

General Engineering

Manufacturers of general industrial products mark their products to identify them and to decorate imported unbranded tools with the resellers logo in addition to identifying products with part numbers.

Materials

Tool steel
High speed steel
Carbide

Products

Saw blades
Cutting tools
Hand tools
Precision engineered components

Household Appliances

Lasers are being used increasingly to decorate home appliances with logos, part numbers and user instructions. Laser technology is now extremely reliable and is often a lower cost option to ink based decorating equipment. The permanence of laser marking is an added advantage over existing decorating technologies.

Materials

Ceramic Chrome ABS Stainless steel

Products

Sanitary ware Timers and control units White goods

DEFENCE AND AEROSPACE

Manufacturers of components for aerospace mark their products to identify them, to add instructions and to enable tracking and traceability Increasingly a 2D code is required to meet the SAE AS9132 standard (aerospace) and MILS PEC 130 (defence) standards, although laser has not yet been approved by many aerospace companies for critical components where Dot Peen remains the dominant technology

Materials

Steel alloys PTFE Aluminium Titanium Coated plastics PVC Products Guns Satellites Cables Aircraft ID plates Aircraft display panels

Promotion and Giftware

Lasers are often used as an alternative to ink based decorating methods. Lower operating costs, quick set-up times and maintenance free operation are the key drivers for this.

Materials

Aluminum Stainless Steel Steel Silver Chromium coatings Plastics

Products

Pens Bottle openers Lighters Pen knives Cups and drinking flasks