Laser marking delivers a permanent marking on metal, wood, plastic, or ceramic parts or components. The laser provides a long-lasting mark that withstands wear and cleaning for critical applications where equipment must be easily identifiable during use. Various industries, such as medical, aerospace, and more, rely on laser marking for reliable component identification.
At AMTEC, we provide various laser services, including marking, etching, and engraving. We use laser marking extensively to deliver products to the semiconductor, aerospace, automotive, and biomedical industries. Understanding the basics of laser marking and its benefits will help you decide if laser marking is ideal for your products.
LASER MARKING SERVICES
CONTRACT MANUFACTURING PROCESSES
Laser Technology applications includes several processes including but not limited to: Marking, Annealing, Ablation, Etching, Engraving, Scribing, Cutting, Drilling, Micro-machining. etc. These processes are used in development and manufacturing of aerospace, bio-medical, medical devices, semi-conductors, automotive and many other products. Laser offers consistent material processing and process control for some of the most stringent requirements.
The use of laser marking has become widespread across every industry. The process offers versatility, high-definition coding, adding visual features to devices, and simple traceability for your products throughout their use.
The results of laser marking are non-intrusive, cause no corrosion, and stand up to the tests of time.
Types of Laser Processes
Manufacturers and other industries rely on a wide range of laser processes, including:
- Laser Annealing. A method of heating material using a laser beam to change its characteristics. For example, laser annealing can be used to change a material from amorphous to polycrystalline.
- Laser Ablation. A method of removing surface material using a laser beam. Laser ablation is ideal for micro-machining applications, such as metal bonding and welding, superconducting fabrication, depositing thin dielectric or metallic films, and manufacturing nano-materials.
- Laser Coding. A laser marking technology that delivers a permanent and highly legible barcode, serial number, or identification to a substrate.
- Laser Cutting. Relies on a laser to remove and separate material based on a designated path.
- Laser Drilling. A method of removing material using a highly focused stationary laser beam concentrated on a single point.
- Laser Engraving. Laser energy vaporizes a thin layer of material, creating a contrasting mark on the metal surface. Engraving can create successive and incremental marks and is ideal for serial tags and barcodes.
- Laser Etching. A chemical reaction that creates a small depression on the substrate to deliver a highly-legible and durable marking. The etching resists wear and abrasion to provide a long-lasting mark and can be filled with a contrasting pigment to increase legibility.
- Laser Micro-Machining. A term for subtractive and additive machining using laser energy. It is ideal for fine or micron-sized machining tasks and includes milling, drilling, structuring, cutting, marking, welding, and soldering.
- Laser Scribing. An improvement on mechanical scribing to create incredibly narrow lines using a no-contact laser. The high-power laser creates clean lines quickly and reduces the chance of damage like micro-cracks to the workpiece.
Various manufacturers and developers use laser marking technology to machine and mark automotive, aerospace, biomedical, medical, and semiconductor products. Lasers deliver high consistency and meet strict requirements for high-precision manufacturing.
- Laser Marking
- Laser Coding
- Laser Engraving
- Laser Etching
- Laser Drilling
- Laser Cutting
- Laser Scribing
- Laser Micro-machining
Advantages of Laser
- Fast and accurate
- Permanent impression
- Contrast Marking
- Low set-up time
- Low tooling cost
- Applicable on any
- Spot size: 0.01mm
(0.004”) & larger
LM121Hi-speed Laser Marking
LM118Laser Workstation – w/safety enclosure
LM120Laser Scribing Application
LM136Rotary Module for 360° marking
LM115Laser w/X-Y table for high thru-put
Benefits of Laser Marking
Laser marking delivers benefits to a diverse range of industries. The simple and versatile process provides traceability, visual features, and legible coding that benefit many products. Laser-marked surfaces stand up to extensive wear while resulting in no corrosion or detriment to the material. Other benefits of laser marking include:
- Efficient and precise
- Permanent and wear-resistant identification
- High-contrast marking
- Quick setup
- Low tooling costs
- Works with any substrate material
- Spot size starts at 0.01 mm (0.004 inch) and can go larger
Why Partner With AMTEC for Laser Marking Contract Manufacturing Services
AMTEC has been delivering precise and highly-legible laser marking services since 1995. Our marking process delivers a permanent visual that meets our customers’ high standards and requirements. We are an ISO 9001:2015 certified company, delivering quick and responsive customer service, on-time delivery, and overall high-quality services to maintain high customer satisfaction. Contact us to learn more about our laser marking capabilities or request a quote today.