Laser marking systems scan a focused laser beam across the part surface in a vector fashion, producing text, serial numbers, logos, barcodes and datamatrix codes at high speed. Suitable materials for laser marking include metals, plastics, glass, ceramics, composites, fabrics and organic materials such as wood and rubber. Dependent on the material the writing speed can be in excess of 1,000 characters per second, and images, logos and artwork can be readily imported in a wide variety of file types including most CAD and graphics formats.
Lasers combine the speed and flexibility of inkjet systems with the quality of a screen-printed or etched mark, making laser-based systems ideally suited to high-volume batch or custom jobs.
Thanks to the permanence of laser marking and engraving, parts are often marked for purposes of identification, brand promotion, anti-counterfeiting measures and standards compliance. With no inks or solvents required and a low heat input, almost any material is suitable for marking, and parts can be surface marked or deep engraved with text, machine-readable codes, and basic or complex shapes and logos.
Laser Lines offers a range of different laser types to accommodate laser marking and engraving on different materials from system suppliers including Datalogic for fibre, DPSS and CO2 lasers, and Synrad for OEM CO2 laser technologies.
With 40 years’ experience in the laser market, we understand the challenges our customers face when it comes to choosing exactly the right laser for the job, so our dedicated team of experts will talk you through the variety of systems we supply to make sure you end up with the precise product for your application.
The V-Lase is an end-pumped DPSS (diode-pumped solid state) Q-switched laser marking source at a 1064nm wavelength available in 10, 15 and 20W models. Green (532nm) and UV (355nm) models are also available on the same hardware platform. The V-Lase family allows excellent marking results on a broad range of materials including steel, titanium and aluminium, as well as on plastics such as ABS, PP, PES, PET, PVC and many others.
With the smallest marking head footprint, the ultra-compact AREX Fibre Laser enables high-speed marking on metal and plastic, drastically simplifies design for system integrators, and makes mechanical installations extremely easy in all applications from standalone marking stations to fully automated working centres in production lines.
Based around DPSS laser technology, UV lasers are ideal for marking difficult plastics and glass, as are green lasers which are also used for reducing heat input into materials. Specialist applications include marking on semiconductors, special plastics (e.g. UHMWPE and PP) where a higher contrast mark is required, glass, ceramic, sapphire and highly reflective metals.
The longer wavelength of the CO2 laser makes it an ideal solution for marking organic materials such as wood, paper, leather and rubber, as well as coated metals (eg. anodised aluminium), glass, ceramics and some plastics. Our range starts with the Datalogic “all in one” 10W EOX and extends up to 200W with Synrad’s laser technology. This offers a high accuracy scanning head, embedded control unit, WinMark control software, PC and standalone modes of operation, static and ‘on-the-fly’ marking, and USB and ethernet connectivity.
Our dot peen marking systems from world-famous machine builder Couth provide guaranteed flexibility, reliability and performance. By scribing into metal and plastics, dot peen marking creates human readable characters, logo designs and machine readable codes using a series of dots. It works well for those customers that need a portable machine, for those that want a deeper mark or for anyone for whom laser marking systems are too expensive.
With both bench-mounted and portable systems, the Couth range enables users to take the part to the machine and vice versa, with special systems also available for production line integration. From businesses who just need to mark one or two parts a day, to organisations requiring round-the-clock high-speed marking, we have the right solution.