In this article, we will be talking about different marking technologies and the right flange marking machine. The two most dominant types of marking systems that exist in the market are laser marking and dot peen marking.
The ideal choice, however, can vary depending upon your specific requirement. Many variables come into play like cost, time, performance, and compatibility. Hence the choice may not be very obvious as it seems.
Since we will be focused on finding a marking machine for flanges, let’s talk about these two technologies first and discuss some pros and cons so that you can make a solid decision in the selection of the best marking machine.
Marking technology has made itself an essential part of every industry now. From heavy metals, thermosetting plastics to organic materials like wood or even delicate things like jewelry, every kind of product needs a marking system. Moreover, the user can vary depending upon the requirement but without marking machines, there’s no traceability or authentication of a product.
It doesn’t matter if you belong to an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) trying to look for tracking solutions or an entrepreneur who wants to authenticate his product using marking, we all know how important it is to use a marking system at your workplace.
Stamping machines can add real value to the product. But, it might not be as simple as it seems to be. There are different kinds of products and hence a unique combination of stamping or marking machines and products as well. Some markings can be linear while others can be rotary as in the case of flanges, jewelry, cylinders, etc.
If you’re an expert in linear marking but having trouble with rotary marking, then you’ve landed yourself on the right page.
The legibility of the text on your product depends highly on the material of the product. If there is enough contrast between the mark and the background of the product material, then it will be easier to comprehend. This contrast is mainly created because of the texture of the product, the quality of the marking tool, and the surrounding light.
If you are someone who pays attention to detail, then you might want to learn a bit about the concept of resolution. The dots-per-inch or more commonly the resolution is highly critical. The higher the resolution of the marker, the higher the quality of the print.
Moreover, higher resolution also means that your marking device can engrave intricate details with good finishing. Both, laser and dot peen, flange marking machines can create an output with good resolution and high contrast.
But since dot peen is a metal stamping machine and is more commonly preferred for metals, most professionals prefer dot peen marking machines. This is one of the best opportunities for you to make the most of the cost-effective marking solution being provided by the flange marking machine from HeatSign.
Material is an important factor that plays a key role in permanent impressions or engraving. Both, laser and dot peen marking machines can do your job on any solid material and that too with a reasonable quality level. The main factor to consider is the reaction between the two; marking machine and material.
Since most flanges are metallic hence we need to narrow down on a machine that reacts comfortably when it comes in contact with the material. Generally, dot peen marking machines provide deep cut marking which is mechanical. Also, dot peen marking machines are more cost-effective.
If we are achieving the same results from both machines, why not choose a more cost-effective option. You definitely want to save some bucks for your company, right?
In addition, you will not have to look towards different marking options for different materials as this marking machine is a one-size-fits-all marking tool that can mark any type of material.
If we are talking about jewelry here, then our marking cuts are mostly defined by our customer’s needs. It is a complex job to engrave tiny jewelry parts and that too in circular or round shapes.
Typical dot peen marking machines are pneumatically driven and therefore produce a cut in the range of 0.001 inches to 0.020 inches. On the other hand, the laser can provide markings with almost negligible cutting depth and hence it can be a better option for marking on complex and smaller shapes of jewelry.
However, in the automotive industry, the robust cylindrical structures need some deep indentations and markings that are meant to withstand all the wear and tear. Dot peen marking machines are highly suitable metal marking machines and are the most compatible equipment for such jobs.
Not only are the dot peen marking machines pneumatically powered but Heatsign is offering electrically driven dot peen marking machines. These dot peen machines are more efficient in their operations and are the best suitable option for the automobile industry.
Moreover, the marking machine is a great option for enthusiasts who want to customize their cars and install decorative parts in cars for fashion. We are sure that be it the automotive industry or the enthusiasts detailing their cars, the marking machine will provide great value to the end product alike.
Marking may be required at the final stage of product manufacturing or it may be required to keep track during a transition from one process to another. Knowing what kind of processes your part is going to go through, the choice of marking machine becomes easier.
Most flanges undergo casting, machining, annealing, buffing, or whatnot. These processes can remove the marking on your product if it’s not that deep and mature. Apart from the material processing, the coatings like zinc on the flanges can also fill up your engraving.
Considering this in mind, dot peen flange marking machines are the ones to have. The mechanical action of the tip creates a permanent impression that is hard to remove. Unless of course, you decide to grind your material to a good deal.
If there is no such process that can contaminate your product’s surface, you might want to look for a laser marking machine because it is speedy and gives a fine impression on the product.
You might want to buy a laser marking machine for packaging needs because it is speedier and doesn’t give room for any error. We all understand how important it is every moment when it comes to batch production and marking of products. Ultimately, with a quick marking technique, you can substantially speed up your batch production.
Lastly, the part shape also dictates the choice of your engraving machine. Since flanges are circular, it is better to have a machine with a rotary workbench that can easily rotate around the workpiece while engraving.
HeatSign has designed such a product which is a pneumatically driven dot peen marking machine. Although it has a rotary bench, it can also engrave on flat surfaces with equal precision and efficiency.
This dot peen marker has a marking area of 120x80mm and a marking speed of 30-40mm per second. It can easily do the engraving job you need on your circular objects including flanges, marine equipment, and jewelry.
This serves as one of the greatest advantages for consumers in the manufacturing industry. With the help of the flange marker, you won’t have to worry about the marking on rounded objects anymore.
Customization is one of the most important features of any marking machine. We are sure you do not want to get a separate marking machine for each different component you have to mark.
As a result, HeatSign is bringing you a marking machine that is customizable for printing on different sizes, depths, and types of materials. With the user manual available with the marking machine you can “do it yourself style” customize the marking machine and make it of use for your requirements.
In case you have any issues with the programming or functioning of the marking machine you can consult HeatSign’s customer support, which is available to guide you through in case you are stuck at any point. So with the marking machine, all you have to do is just order and leave the rest to us.
Summing up, you can mark the following components using the flange marking machine:
- Direct Part Marking (DPM) – This is a process of permanently marking parts with a barcode. This is done to allow the tracking of parts through the full life cycle
- Marking and engraving on flanges/tubes/pipes and other circular products
- Nameplates marking
- Metal parts marking (Stainless steel, brass, aluminum, copper, titanium)
- Parts identification
- Scale engraving and marking
- Bowl marking
- Part of equipment numbering
- Tools marking
- Metal label/tags marking
- Parts traceability
- Lot numbering
- Cast and forge marking
- Gear, pump marking
You must be aware by now that choosing the right flange marking machine isn’t an easy task. You have to keep in mind a lot of key points before landing on the right option.
We would certainly recommend you to go for HeatSign’s dot peen marking machine that comes with a Rotary Fixture Base. It has a euphorically perfect design to provide stability during marking. It can mark every complex shape with equal precision and efficiency.
Unlike other marking machines for flanges, HeatSign’s Dot Peen flange marking machine is extremely easy to install for everyone. So, you don’t need an extra pair of hands or a technician for installation when you buy it.
Secondly, it supports the marking of materials up to 300mm high and 120mm x 80mm wide, the rotary chuck can clamp part diameter up to 100mm（It also can be customized. Additionally, the markings are of high quality and permanent so you don’t have to worry about the marking wearing off after a certain time.
This is what generally happens, no matter how amazing or expensive the marking machine you’re using is. Do you want to know the best part about the HeatSign’s Dot Peen Flange Marking Machine?
It contains a one-year free warranty for all the parts. So, you don’t have to worry about the additional costs of repair and treatment for a whole year! Isn’t that amazing?