Copper Engraving Solutions: Factors That Aid in Choosing the Right Solution
Whether your copper products need a laser marker or a dot peen pin marker depends on various factors, including the industry you’re in and the type of copper products used. Contact us to find the perfect imprint for your copper products! However, before then, below are a couple of things that can help you choose the right copper engraving solution:
· Environmental Factors
Extreme weather, exposure to chemicals, UV light, and more are common happenstances in some industries that use copper, such as the automotive and energy industry. Hence, the durability of the engraving is an essential factor to consider before choosing any copper engraving solution. Ensure your preferred marking solution can produce markings that withstand varied weather conditions and environmental factors. A common choice of marking is dot peening due to its being able to do deep engraving
One of the main reasons for using any copper engraving solution is to achieve traceability; hence, the marking solution should provide easy identification and tracking of components, assets, and equipment. This is crucial for repair, maintenance, replacement, and anti-counterfeit measures. The choice of marking solution should produce clear markings which is essential serial numbers, model numbers, date of manufacture, and other details that enable easy tracking and identification. Based on clarity, laser etching copper parts is the more suitable method.
· Size of Components
Different industry makes use of copper in different sizes. Since the size of the part plays a huge role in the copper engraving machine, you can use whether laser or dot peen marker. You should ensure you choose the right one, as this can affect productivity, ease of operation, and engraving quality. In terms of size, the large copper part should be marked with portable marking machines as it makes operating, navigating, and reaching hard-to-reach parts easier. For small parts, benchtop marking machines are more suitable. HeatSign copper marking services can perform specialized marking, engraving and etching on flat and circular copper surfaces. Furthermore, there is customization available to convert the standard working area of the copper etching machine from 100mm x 100mm to a maximum of 300mm x 300mm
· Other Factors
Other factors you need to consider when choosing the right copper engraving solution for your industry include the following:
- Cost: If there is a limitation on capital available, you can use a dot peen marking machine as they are less costly than copper laser marker
- Production volume: Both copper engraving solutions are suitable for large production volumes. However, laser engraving machines are more efficient due to the marking speed. Nevertheless, you can also introduce batch coding when working with many parts.
- Safety standards: Unlike laser etching or engraving, the dot peen marking system has a higher operator safety.