You would be hard pressed to find a product that rivals vehicles when it comes to the amount of development and design work that goes into them. Parts sometimes have to undergo numerous test cycles before they can be approved. And the visual design must now also incorporate aesthetic considerations, rather than just technical factors. This means that individual components now play a part in representing the vehicle in which they will be used. So it comes as no surprise that even the simplest of markings is subject to strict quality standards.
Markings must possess visual appeal that embodies exceptional quality, provide information about technical parameters, and afford traceability and protection against counterfeiting – these are the key requirements. The high level of flexibility, guaranteed reproducibility of markings and outstanding reliability even when operated 24/7 are all qualities that serve to make ACI's laser markers a gold-standard product that offers the kind of quality that many suppliers seek to incorporate into their own production processes.
Using lasers to mark products and components for electrical engineering applications entails a variety of challenges that must be overcome. One of these challenges is miniaturisation. Small chips, components and sensors must be marked with their serial and batch numbers. Data matrix codes are also a relatively common requirement, even where space is severely limited. Consistency between laser markings can only be achieved here because these high resolutions are themselves achieved by means of equally high-resolution laser movements and fine laser spots.
The materials used for these applications constitute a further challenge. Glass fibre reinforced plastics require laser systems that can offer the appropriate beam shapes and beam parameters. Highly reflective copper alloys and gold coatings also have particular requirements, which ACI Laser GmbH addresses using laser systems with second- and third-harmonic generation, for example.
You can see plastics in use virtually everywhere. Their diversity and their widespread use necessitate a marking technology that is able to combine high-contrast markings with short cycle times.
The types of laser are as varied as the plastics on which they are used. Because ACI Laser GmbH sells a wide range of laser markers with wavelengths from 355 nm to 10,600 nm, there is a solution for every type of plastic.
The machine- and system-building sector is faced with ever increasing demands. These demands make ease of integration an absolute must for laser markers. This is a challenge that ACI Laser GmbH is addressing with its products.
Suitable for manual workstations as well as semi-automated and fully automated solutions, all aspects of ACI's integration-friendly laser marker design have been carefully considered so that our laser markers can be installed in your machine or automated system with ease, and with an excellent level of flexibility. What is more, it's not just the mechanical requirements that we've got covered: Our Magic Mark laser control software, in combination with the interfaces provided, allows you to integrate the laser marker into your production line using current implementation standards.
Markings on medical equipment have their own particular challenges. There are a number of reasons for this. The first of these is that medical devices are frequently used for invasive procedures. Markings, i.e. particles or residual matter, must not be able to come off and pose a danger to the human body. Additionally, medical instruments are cleaned frequently, exposing the marking to incredibly harsh chemical conditions.
ACI Laser GmbH has risen to all these challenges by offering laser technologies that generate durable markings that are resistant to chemicals. Aside from the physical and chemical quality of the markings, they also comply with the UDI requirements that apply to international trade. With our technology, you can make your instruments traceable with their own unique identifiers.
Tools and moulded parts
Tools and tool bits are probably subject to more wear and tear than any other product. They must be able to withstand incredibly harsh conditions. And the same applies to the markings on the tools.
If you are looking for
- Corrosion resistance
- High-quality surface finish coupled with minimal roughness
- High visual contrast, and
- Mechanical resistance,
ACI's laser markers are absolutely unrivalled in their field. These incredibly effective solutions can produce high-quality markings even on carbide and high-speed steels. Even forged surfaces are no match for these lasers. Marking tools is one of the main applications for which ACI's industrial marking solutions are typically used.
Laser marking complies with the strictest security standards, including international standards, pertaining to the personalisation of ID and personnel documents such that they are unfalsifiable and free of errors. The incredible versatility of lasers means they can be used to mark alphanumeric codes, text, logos and even greyscale images.
Watches & jewellery
Even the most elegant of objects can be produced by automated systems. The question is, which technology is right for the job? The chosen technology must be able to achieve highly reproducible results when machining premium-quality materials. And above all, these refined details must be both visible and appealing to the customer.
By precisely focussing a laser beam, we can create incredibly fine patterns and engravings in metals. Markings on the inner surfaces of rings are particularly impressive.
Stainless steel, silver, copper and gold are typical of the kinds of materials for which lasers are perfectly suited. Fine engravings in precious stones and quartz are also popular applications for ACI's laser markers.
Sports guns/military equipment
The strict regulation of guns along with the identification marking requirements to which they are subject necessitate a reliable technical solution. Traditionally, identifiers and names have been stamped or milled out. Quality and reproducibility issues have been an all too common occurrence with these methods, however. This is why ACI's industrial laser engraver has become a firm fixture in this field.
Identifiers can now be created very easily without the need for complex CNC programming, and thanks to the superlative laser beam quality, they can be engraved in the material time and time again with a high level of repeat accuracy. The ammunition type, country of origin, serial number, and manufacturer can be encoded in the form of a number and in the form of a data matrix code.