Recently, a manufacturer of Class 1 medical devices contacted me with some questions about integrating advanced laser marking systems with their products. The system needed to satisfy FDA and customer marking requirements, and they were looking for a supplier who was willing to work closely with them to provide support.
Esterline Control and Communication Systems use fiber lasers to mark numbers, text, and diagrams on coated aluminum control sticks for commercial and military aircraft. A problem arose: When a large production order arrived, the laser they have used for many years developed a problem and they needed help fast.
In March, my wife and I made a tip to Guangzhou, China to visit FocusLaser, the supplier of the hardware and laser components of Jimani’s Low Cost Hybrid Fiber Laser Marking System. The laser module, scanhead, optical and workstation components of that system are supplied by FocusLaser in Guangzhou. Jimani adds the computer, control board and software to those components in order to turn them into a complete laser marking system. I was interested in getting a firsthand look and the company that we are doing business with.
Morgan Advanced Materials uses a wide range of specialist, high-specification materials that have extraordinary attributes and properties. Engineered into products, they deliver enhanced performance, often under extreme conditions. Materials include ceramics, braze alloys, composites, high temperature insulation, and much more.
Material: Stainless Steel
Type of Marking: Surface etch
Type of Laser: 20 W laser
Mark content: Graphic
Laser classes are defined by CDRH (Center for Devices and Radiological Health), a branch of the FDA. Any laser that does “work” is a Class IV laser. Suffice it to say that the power range of Class IV lasers is extremely broad and I have stated before that it is somewhat comparable to categorizing a pea shooter and a cruise missile into the same class of weaponry.
An Open Table Langolier Laser Engraving System is an extremely flexible and high performance laser engraving solution. There are two big advantages to be gained by using an Open Table system.
Flexibility is a critical part of just about any manufacturing process. Parts can vary widely in size and shape and so laser marking systems used in industrial environments need to be easily
A few years ago I found myself in the position of having to defend our pricing because of the proliferation of low cost fiber laser systems flooding the market. Rather than try to brag about why our selection of components and features make our system what it is, I thought that I would just explain why things cost what they cost. Some time ago, we published an article on our blog talking about what specifically makes up the cost of a fiber laser marking system.
Although photo image marking doesn’t constitute much, if any, of our job shop marking business, I wanted to understand a bit about it so I decided to do some playing around.