Organization is key – and when you run a company it’s doubly important. In the industrial manufacturing world you often deal with parts – lots of them! Building products, whether it’s a car, a blast proof room, or a toy requires you to make use of various parts and it’s important that those parts are tracked in order to ensure you don’t run out. Industrial marking machines not only make this possible, but they can make the process seamless.
How it works
An industrial marking system is used to number or mark various parts in order for them to be organized within a business and
within a computer system. This can also be important for quality control if you manufacture your own parts. Say you produce a cog, and when the time comes to use that cog, you find it to be flawed and unsafe for use. Since the cog was marked with an industrial marking system, you can trace it back to the batch it was produced in and investigate all the other parts in that batch for flaws as well. You can see why this could be invaluable – especially when making important things like vehicles.
There are many types of industrial marking systems to choose from, and some are better for certain industries than others. For example, building airplanes and engines requires aerodynamics which can be interfered with from an industrial marking system that leave jagged or raised edges behind. After marking a part, it is important that the surface remains smooth and free from imperfections in these industries for safety and integrity reasons.
Here are a few of the most common industrial marking systems:
- Laser Marking (Fiber laser/CO2 Laser)
- Dot Peen Marking
- Desktop Dot Peen Marker
- CNC Dot Peen Marker
- Portable versions/options
The fiber laser engraver is designed to operate in an industrial environment where dust, and other variables are a concern. They can mark Normal Text, Bar Codes, Serial Numbers and Graphics, or 2D Data Matrix codes on materials including metals, plastics and ceramics. They are the perfect solution for product traceability and identification. The CO2 laser, or gas laser, is perfect for industries that need high-precision and accurate marking abilities. It can be used on food, drugs, in the alcohol industry, on electronics – for parts that are mobile or stationary. Laser industrial marking systems are a great option for many industries.
Dot Peen Marking
This is a more basic type of marking, ideal for flat metal or plastic surfaces. These machines are cost-effective, adaptable, don’t jam and last a really long time. If you don’t really need anything fancy, this is a great option and a great investment for any business looking for industrial marking system options.
Industrial marking systems have raised the bar on quality control in many industries and have made it possible to better handle things like product recalls, inventory needs and overall quality control standards. While each industry has different needs for marking, there is an industrial marking machine for every business out there.