Medical technology and laser marking

Laser marking medical and surgical instruments

cannula laser marked

Biocompatible. Traceable. Economical.

"Unique Device Identification" or UDI depends on ISO compliant customary codes, that ought to be fixed on technology in the medical sector and surgical instrumentation. During the scanning of the barcode and seriel numbers, users are able to acquire data the same as the manufacturer's name, reference item or expiration date. This allows error-free documentation and aids in guaranteeing safety of the patients.
Laser markings are resistant to acids, cleaners or bodily fluids. As labeling is in process, the surface structure remains unchanged, allowing surgical instruments to be efficiently kept clean and sterile. The patient also remains safe throughout although the implants remain in the body for longer periods.

Suitable materials for marking lasers

  • Titanium and titanium alloys
  • Stainless steel
  • High-alloy steel
  • Coated metals
  • Ceramic
  • Plastics (e.g. PEEK for implants)


Application examples of medical technology

Marking using laser systems is already a customary technology in the various sectors in the medical industry because of the various benefits it offers. These device based characteristics on Unique Device Identification or Medical Device Regulation - are marked using a laser system. Examples are data Matrix codes that contain batch numbers, production dates, implants, serial numbers, manufacturer and product information, etc. as well as laser markings serving as an anti-counterfeiting measure.

More information about UID marking

  • Medical instruments
  • Surgical instruments
  • Orthopedic or trauma surgery implants
  • Plastic cannulas
laser marked surgical scissors

Why would I buy a laser for marking medical instruments?

Laser marking bio-compatibility: laser markings are proof against acids, cleaning agents and bodily fluids. Depending on the labeling process used, the surface structure remains unchanged and germs cannot establish themselves on the instruments. Although implants remain inside the body for an extended period, materials from the label cannot detach themselves.
Traceability: The contents of the marking stay clear (electronically too) even after significant use and once many cleaning procedures have been done. This implies that the elements are usually clearly tracked and identified.

Function and benefits of laser technology

Marking content: Traceability codes with variable contents

  • An array of various markings can be created from variable content without the need for retooling or tool changes
  • In the medical field, the requirements on marking and medical technology can be implemented easily due to flexible and intelligent software solutions.

Benefits of a Trotec laser system

  • The intelligent and intuitive SpeedMark marking software that can easily process data from existing ERP systems and reproduce all dynamic contents in codes

Permanent labeling for traceability and quality assurance

  • In the medical industry using medical technology, instruments are often cleaned with harsh chemicals. These high requirements can often only be implemented with the laser marking process.
  • Laser markings are permanent and are abrasion, heat and acid resistant.

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • One on one consultancy, continous research and development, sampling and application testing by Trotec experts
  • A wide and diverse product portfolio that includes suitable, maintenance-free fiber laser systems for all requirements
  • Smart and intuitive SpeedMark marking software that can handle dynamic contents from ranging from external systems and reproduce it in the text format, numerical or barcoding

Highest marking quality and accuracy

  • The possibility to create tiny details and fonts that are highly legible
    Accurate and little shapes can be marked with acute accuracy
    Marking processes can be combined to dust off the material after processing or to provide a higher contrast (e.g. seriel numbers)

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • Ideal optics and optimal beam performance thanks to high-quality components
  • Camera-based component positioning for high precision and simplicity of use

Flexibility with materials

  • A wide range of materials including titanium, stainless steel, high alloy steels, ceramics, plastics, and PEEK - can be marked with the laser

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • Large product portfolio that includes suitable galvo laser systems for all needs, including a freestanding workstation and custom-built system to name a few
  • Material database and parameter finder in the SpeedMark marking software to assist in locating the correct laser parameters for all materials.

Laser marking is fast and allows greater output

  • High speed marking is possible with variable data (e.g. bar codes, codes)
  • A wide range of markings can be created without retooling or tool changes

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • Intelligent and intuitive marking software
  • Fast and highly accurate positioning of components by means of a camera system: SpeedMark Vision - Smart Adjust
  • Integration of contents from ERP files is possible

Contact less and reliable material processing abilities

  • Fixation or matereial clamping is not necessary
  • Time savings and consistently good results

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • Broad product portfolio with the right laser system for every need
  • Highly accurate laser marking from "first attempt" due to camera-assisted positioning

Cost-saving production

  • No set-up time with the laser, regardless of quantity variances
  • No tool wear needed

Advantages of a Trotec laser 

  • The SpeedMarker with a maintenance-free fiber laser can be integrated as a laser workstation or into a production line
  • The robust mechanics of Trotec laser machines have been designed for many years of use with minimal servicing

Possibility of integration into existing production lines

  • Hardware and software-sided integration into existing production lines is possible

Advantages of a Trotec laser 

  • Years of experience of integrating OEM fibre laser systems into production lines
  • Software that meets all needs for interfaces with other equipment
"Trotec laser engravering machines are functionally designed, able to be customized, robust and they have proven to be very reliable. I have always experienced Trotec’s local supplier as friendly, knowledgeable and extremely efficient. Within 24 hours of reporting a problem or fault, a Trotec technician will have repaired the machine enabling one to continue production with a minimum of delay."
- Cindy Oosthuizen - owner of Laser Line Laser Marking Services -

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