"A no-compromise upgrade" sounds nice: it's not often that a technology comes around that completely changes the landscape. How exactly does that work?
Before we dive into laser-based marking process, let's review the most popular traditional marking methods:
- Hand Stamping: A manual process where a metal stamp is struck onto the product.
- Ink Printing: Applying ink to the product to create a mark.
- Chemical Etching: A process where chemicals are used to etch a mark into the product.
- Sticker Labelling: A process where a label or sticker is applied to the product.
- Dot-Peen Marking: Using a stylus is to create a mark by striking the product's surface.
These methods are still widely used, albeit rapidly being replaced by laser marking.
The reasons are numerous:
- Precision: Lasers are precise, it's the core principle of the technology. With a single dot size of <0.005 mm, accuracy is to be expected. This enables highly detailed designs, without compromise of visual aesthetics.
- No consumables: Lasers interact directly with the product's surface, a process called Direct Part Marking or DPM. Unlike e.g. ink printing or sticker labelling, there are no ink, or adhesives involved.
- Ease of use: The process itself is quick and easy to set up according to your exact requirements. You'd be surprised how little effort is needed for brilliant-looking results.
- Speed: Most marking and engraving jobs will take mere seconds.
- Automation: Unlike e.g. chemical etching, laser machines are designed to support automated production from day one.
- Durability: The marks made by lasers are built to last. They're tough and won't wear away easily.
- Cost-effectiveness: Laser marking and engraving is often cheaper than traditional methods, and you get better results too.
- Customizability: You can easily make a wide range of markings, from simple text to complex graphics and logos.
- Eco-friendly: No harmful by-products are produced during laser operation, so it's a great choice for environmentally conscious industries.
- Non-contact: The product being marked doesn't get touched during the process, which makes it a good choice for delicate products.
- Better brand recognition: High-quality marks made by laser marking and engraving can help make your brand more recognizable and memorable.
The bottom line: Laser marking and engraving is a no-compromise all-around upgrade to traditional methods of marking products.