Serial numbers are unique identifiers in the form of codes containing typographical symbols like letters and numbers. Companies use these sequences to identify products and derive valuable data to ensure manufacturing traceability.
Serial number marking permanently modifies a surface using a specialized machine. The goal of this treatment is to create clear, readable serial numbers that are easy to scan and interpret.
There are numerous ways to incorporate serial numbers onto products, each of which has different characteristics and applications.
Laser serial number engraving physically removes the surface of a material to produce a permanent mark using a laser beam. This process creates robust serial numbers that can withstand harsh operational and environmental conditions.
Serial number laser engraving is a preferred marking method due to its easily readable, high-contrast markings and extensive material compatibility. Though laser engraving is slower than other laser marking processes, it yields tougher, more durable results.
Laser etching uses a laser beam to deliver high amounts of energy to a small area. As the laser heats the material, the surface begins to melt and expand, creating permanent raised marks.
Typically, the etching process is faster than engraving because it requires less laser energy. However, this serial marking technique has fewer compatible materials than laser engraving.
Stamping is not a laser marking process, but rather, a dot peening technique, which fires a pin at high speeds using stepper motors and precise pin locations instead of laser energy to create serial number markings. Dot peening uses a pneumatically or electrically controlled stylus or pin to indent the material.
Stamping is a dot peening procedure common with metal marking. It creates marks by using a solenoid valve to fire a pin at high speeds. This makes an impression in the material that forms characters. Stamping typically requires a flat, solid surface to yield high-quality results, but Telesis Technologies, Inc. has developed a floating pin that allows the machines to mark on curved and irregular surfaces.
At Telesis Technologies, Inc., we engineer state-of-the-art laser engraving machines for metal that set the standard for quality, performance and efficiency. We’re proud to offer a comprehensive product lineup that’s built to last.
Determine the serial number marking method that’s best for your application by considering the following factors:
You can find state-of-the-art laser serial number engraving machines you can rely on at Telesis Technologies, Inc. As pioneers of permanent marking, we offer only the most durable and dependable machines designed to serve you for years to come.
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