Industrial laser marking can be used to engrave serial numbers, barcodes, and a wide range of identifying information, even on very hard or coated materials. Unlike other processes, laser marking is not limited by the size or shape of the component, and can be used to engrave very small, curved, or unusually shaped parts with ease.
Speed and Efficiency
Laser marking equipment etches parts much more quickly and efficiently than other processes. The equipment typically marks components as fast as several characters per second and does not require the use of additional products such as ink or corrosive chemicals, thereby saving both time and money in the marking process.
Laser markings are highly precise and easily repeated. Engraved laser markings will not spread or blur, so markings always remain clear and precise within their final applications. The information is computerized, which ensures accuracy and reduces the potential for error. Unlike other marking processes, there is no risk of damage to the parts. This sets laser marking apart from chemical etching, which uses potentially damaging chemicals to mark the surface.
Since laser marking uses a laser to etch the surface of the component’s material, it does not create waste products or materials that are harmful to the environment. There is no waste produced in the process—unlike inkjet and chemical etching processes, and their maintained containers of inventory or packaging for marking materials.
Aerospace Rockets with Laser Marking Application Durability
Chemical etching, inkjet printing, and hand engraving can’t match the durability of laser markings. Laser marked components will retain their identifying information even when exposed to extreme temperatures, harsh environments, and corrosive chemicals. The marks will not wear off or fade.
Due to the highly sensitive and potentially dangerous nature of aerospace equipment, a wide range of federal laws and regulations apply to parts used in the aerospace industry. Laser marking ensures that parts and components manufactured for aerospace equipment are easily identified and tracked, facilitating compliance with even the most rigorous requirements.