Laser Marking Range

September 17, 2018
Laser Marking Range

A new laser range launch is an important breakthrough for SIC Marking. This range uses a ytterbium-doped fiber source designed by SIC Marking, a pulsed operating mode (30 to 60 kHz), a wavelength of 1,064 nm and an average power of 20W (available in 30W and 50W).

This laser range meets 80 percent of application needs at a much lower cost. It allows a great marking quality on
a large number of materials, including steel, aluminum, stainless steel and plastics, and adapts to degraded surface finishes.

Integrated lasers have been developed around two laser sources, a standard EASY version and a HD one, to which are added different options. These features allow to meet every specific need immediately or later on, depending on the customer’s production line evolution.

In its standard EASY version, this new laser range allows precise marking at high speeds. The HD version (pulse duration from 2 ns to 200 ns) provides better marking contrasts on metals, especially aluminum and some plastics. This HD marking head also enables to solve cycle time issues by adjusting the laser’s pulse duration.

Three options are available to adapt to current and future manufacturers’ needs. The first option is 3D marking. It consists of a liquid lens which can mark complex parts (cylinders, inclined planes) or multilevel parts (up to 80 mm difference in altitude). Customers can also choose an integrated vision system which includes a high-resolution camera built into the marking head. This function allows to read immediately one or two 2D codes immediately after marking. There is no movement between operations. As the reading is done in the same axis, there is no image
distortion. 2D code, QR-Code and Datamatrix markings are checked according to the standards ISO 29158, ISO 15415, ISO 9132 and others. Finally, the laser range also offers the possibility to communicate via Profibus, Profinet and Ethernet/IP field buses.

With the modular EASY and HD lasers, SIC Marking supports industries that need to be responsive to
technological developments.

"It is important for us to make laser technology more accessible financially to our customers, but also to make sure they pay the fair price according to their needs. Our customers have the opportunity to add 3D marking, integrated vision and communication cards options after purchase, because we know that production lines are likely to evolve over time, "says Jean-Manuel Pauchet, group managing director.

SIC Marking’s standard laser range is available with marking windows of 60 x 60 mm, 100 x 100 mm and 170 x 170 mm and applies to alphanumeric, datamatrix, barcodes, logos, VIN and QR codes marking. The marking head is easy to integrate on all production lines and can be connected to an industrial network without any additional hardware via digital I/O, Ethernet TCP/IP and RS232.

SIC Marking’s laser systems operate in standalone mode (without PC) and can communicate directly with a PLC on a production line. Creation and configuration of marking files is done on a PC using SIC Laser Advanced software.

Related Glossary Terms

  • vision system

    vision system

    System in which information is extracted from visual sensors to allow machines to react to changes in the manufacturing process.