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Laser marking and laser engraving systems are a fast and clean technology that is rapidly replacing older
laser technologies. Direct laser marking has now become a common process
in many industries today. It offers a non-contact, abrasion-resistant,
permanent laser mark onto almost any type of material. High speed, high
precision, micro laser marking and/or laser engraving of part
information, readable alpha-numerics, barcodes or Data-Matrix™, serial
numbers, corporate logos, etc. are possible on a wide range of component
parts.

Fiber Laser Marking Basics

With fiber laser marking, focused light from a laser interacts with a
material to produce a high quality, permanent mark on an object. A laser
marking system is usually made up of a fiber laser engine, Scan head
assembly (commonly known as galvos), and control software. The software also provides the interface to manage multi axis motion systems if required.

Frequently, fiber laser marking systems not only mark,
but offer laser engraving and laser machining capabilities, including
thin material cutting, scribing and material removal.

The fiber laser is equipped with software that enables the laser
marking of text, graphics, logos, barcodes and Data-Matrix codes.
Automation features enable part serialization, date coding, variable
text inputs, remote programming, input/output control and many other
programming features.

Laser marking systems can make very precise, clean
marks on both metals and plastics, at high speeds, making them suitable
for most manufacturing processes. They can also be used for engraving, a
similar process, but one that alters the part’s surface, leaving a mark
that can be both seen and felt.

Laser marking is a non-contact process that uses no
consumables, making it clean and energy-efficient. It is also an
environmentally friendly process that uses no inks and chemicals like
those used in other marking options, including inkjet or chemical
etching. The laser marking or engraving process produces a highly
flexible mark that can adapt to changing demands.

The laser marking process is very well-suited to the marking of both
barcodes and two-dimensional barcodes on many of these materials. The
code quality and resolution can be tuned for the space available and the
quality of the reader. Specifically, the two dimensional codes offer
excellent data density and minimize the space needed for the code.

Fiber Laser Marking & Engraving Technology

FiberStar fiber laser marking systems offer the latest fiber laser engine technology. This state-of-the art
technology offers excellent beam quality and results in an extremely
long estimated laser engine lifecycle (up to 100,000 hours). All fiber
laser marking systems are engineered and assembled in LaserStar’s USA factory in Rhode Island.