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Datamatrix Codes & Serial Numbers

Laser marking of products and electronic components

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Laser marking of products and electronic components

Line and 2D codes, like serial numbers, are used in a wide range of industries. The automotive, medical technology and electronics industries use these markings for product and part traceability. The codes, mostly data matrix code or barcode, contain information regarding the parts properties, production data, batch numbers, and much more. These component markings must be simple to read, including electronically, and have lasting durability. Here, laser marking proves to be a flexible and comprehensive tool for a wide variety of materials, shapes, and sizes, as well as the processing of dynamic and developing data. This technique allows for parts to be laser-marked at the highest speed with absolute precision, and minimal wear.


Laser marking of products and electronic components

Suitable materials for laser processing

Components, parts or products of all types of metals e.g.

  • stainless steel, alloyed steels
  • aluminum, anodized aluminum
  • titanium, titanium alloys
  • brass
  • copper, other precious metals
  • coated metals

and plastics e.g.

  • PA, PC, PE, PET, PMMA
  • silicone or many other plastics

Depending on requirements, metals and plastics can either be laser marked or laser engraved.


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Application examples for laser marking with bar codes and serial numbers

Part labeling based on specifications:
In contrast to the design of parts in creative industries, codes and serial numbers often have to be applied to the products in accordance with customer specifications or legal requirements in industry (e.g., the automotive and supply industry, the electronics industry, medical technology, etc.). 

Component marking does not increase the profit, therefore it must be as cost-efficient as possible. Laser marking does offer the advantages of no setup costs, and no complicated, expensive, preparation. Whether the job is 1 part or 1000 parts, the cost per laser marking remains low just the same.

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Function and advantages of laser technology

Permanent marking

  • In contrast to other technologies, you can label your parts permanently and additionally in a heat- and acid-resistant manner with the laser marking
  • Particularly important for traceability and quality assurance

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • Product portfolio with matching fiber laser systems for all requirements
  • Flatbed systems with working areas up to 726 x 432 mm
  • Galvo work stations with working areas up to 620 x 315 mm
  • OEM Galvo fiber laser for integration into production lines
  • Special systems according to customer specifications

Flexible, dynamic data can be marked

  • You can mark different types of markings (codes, serial numbers, etc.) with a laser with dynamic contents without refitting or changing tools

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • Intelligent and intuitive laser marking software SpeedMark, which can quickly process data from existing ERP systems and all dynamic contents in codes

Cost-efficient production

  • Direct marking means no costs for consumables such as inks, chemicals, pastes, or sprays
  • No expensive handing and disposal of materials
  • No pre- or post-treatment is necessary during component labeling
  • No tool wear

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • The maintenance-free fiber laser of the SpeedMarker can be used as a work station or integrated into a production line
  • Designed for years of intensive use, the robust mechanics of the Trotec laser systems require minimal servicing

Laser marking in seconds for more throughput

  • The possibility of quick marking, even with variable contents such as serial numbers and codes
  • Able to label components with different marking contents without refitting or tool change

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • Intelligent and intuitive laser marking software for easy operation
  • Fast and precise positioning of components using a camera system: SpeedMark Vision – Smart Adjust
  • Integration of contents from ERP data files possible

Perfect marking results - fine tool

  • Accurately mark fine details
  • Marking processes can be combined in order to clean the material after processing or to create a higher contrast (e.g. with data matrix codes)

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • High-quality optics and best beam quality thanks to high-quality components
  • Camera-based component positioning for maximum precision and ease of use

Integration into production lines

  • Possibility to integrate hardware and software into production lines
  • Integrate component labeling into the existing production process for high production volumes

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • Longstanding experience of Galvo OEM system integration in production lines
  • Software that works well with interfaces of other systems

Non-contact and process-safe material processing

  • The material does not have to be tightly clamped or fixed during the marking process
  • Laser marking saves times and produces consistent, high-quality results

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • Broad product portfolio with suitable laser system for every requirement
  • Camera-supported positioning provides the highest accuracy of laser markers

Robust and durable

Trotec laser machines are built sturdy to be capable of performing long-term even with intensive use. Our laser machines contain components of the highest quality from leading manufacturers that ensure reliability and consistent, high-quality results.

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