Optoelectronics

Laser marking solutions provide traceability

4th April 2019
Alex Lynn

Global manufacturers are facing increasing pressure from their clients in the automotive industry to provide part-to-part traceability. Being able to trace every part inside their production facilities with a permanent, scannable barcode provides data-oriented manufacturers information for process control.

Laserax has developed a complete line of laser markers that enables direct part marking to help manufacturers trace every product from early production steps to the assembly of the final products and beyond.

Manufacturers can use Laserax’s field-tested inline laser marking solutions, which have been designed for optimal robustness, performance, reliability, and safety. Laserax’s laser technology experts help clients take the burden of laser safety certification off of their shoulders.

Eric Bourbeau, responsible for product standardisation at Laserax, said: “Our customers will find value in these prepackaged, highly adapted inline solutions. Dealing with only one specialised stakeholder beats having to deal with the laser manufacturer, an integrator, installers, and laser safety compliance specialists.”

This marking technology has a high level of contrast, legibility, and resistance to post-process treatments. Laserax has developed three laser marking machines that are being used in the harshest industrial environments, such as manufacturing plants for automotive parts, diecasters, extruders, foundries and more.

The Open-Air Machine is a machine used in automated production cells that is serviced by an industrial robot. The robot holds the part in front of the machine during the marking operation. When the marking is complete, the robot can resume the production cycle.

The Rotary Table Machine is a solution for automated laser marking of parts. Its feeding system allows the marking to be accomplished in hidden time. 

As the marking of a part starts inside the laser safety enclosure, a part that was previously marked is unloaded and brought by a robotic arm to the following station. The robot can then load the RTM with a fresh part to be marked.

The Rotary Table Workstation is manually fed by an operator; however, everything else is automated. It ensures reliable and consistent markings. The safety of the operators is ensured through the machine design.

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