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Laser Marking in Manufacturing

 

Laser marking is found in virtually every manufacturing industry these days. Below is a sampling of the places where CO2 laser marking is widely used.

 

 

Automotive

 

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Many of the components used to assemble an automobile—rubber, steel, glass, leather, and various plastics—are easily marked using CO2 lasers. These lasers mark VIN numbers on door tags, produce lot codes on windshield glass, and add permanent part numbers to rubber tires and steel parts.

 

 

Electronics

 

Applications LabWith extremely small focused spot sizes, lasers offer high resolution and control when marking small parts, making them especially well-suited to the electronics industry, where many parts now require permanent, identifying marks. Synrad lasers are widely used to mark alphanumerics, linear and 2D bar codes on ceramic capacitors, plastic connectors and FR4 circuit boards.

 

 

Glass Manufacturing

 

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Whether marking logos, adding 2D bar codes, or even creating decorative designs on glass, Synrad CO2 lasers are ideal for marking many types of glass - tempered, low-e, clear and colored glass to name a few. Laser marking allows users the flexibility to automatically change data on every mark, while eliminating sand, masks, chemicals, and tool wear.

 

 

Medical Device / Pharmaceutical

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Laser marking is a natural choice in the medical device industry, where permanent, traceable, yet sterile marks are essential. CO2 lasers are ideal for marking many of the materials used in the manufacture of medical products - from plastic tubing and implantable devices, to glass vials, steel instruments, and paper packaging.

 

 

 

Packaging

 

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Finding many uses in the packaging world, software-controlled laser marking allows users the flexibility to automatically change lot codes, serial numbers, or date codes on every marked piece. Plastics, paperboard, and glass are just a few of the ubiquitous materials that are easily marked with CO2 lasers.

 

 

 

Photovoltaics

 

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Synrad CO2 lasers are used to marking the serial numbers, performance ratings, and other customer-specific information that are often required on solar cells. Unlike labels or ink that can peel or scratch off, the laser creates a permanent mark that will withstand weathering. Additionally, lasers offer a more environmentally-friendly means of marking, without the use of labels, chemicals, inks, and other pollutants.

 

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