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Laser Engraving Applications in the Industrial Space

Posted August 14, 2017 9:00 AM by Epilog Laser
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The ability to customize specific items, protect intellectual property and include safety measures is leading to the growth of laser engraving for industrial applications. Beyond use for businesses looking to add a logo or specific branding to items, laser engraving offers a way to leave permanent marks on an item in the industrial segment, providing checks and balances against counterfeit products or replicas.

One of the biggest areas of growth in the industrial market for laser engraving is the identification security segment where laser engraving is ideal for credit cards, ID cards, sensitive documents and other items that require increased safety measures.

Image caption: Laser engraving is an invaluable tool for the industrial segment looking to protect parts from fraud. (Source: Epilog Laser)

Not surprisingly, laser engraving has become an important tool in part identification, inventory control and tracking, safety and warning notification as well as loss prevention. As a result, many new industrial segments – including robotics, 3D printing, inventory management, banking, security, government agencies and the automotive sector – are beginning to flock to laser engraving in order to provide an added layer of security.

Image caption: Serial numbers, bar codes, part numbers, data matrix code markings and more can be etched onto materials. (Source: Epilog Laser)

So, how can you identify the best machine for your industrial laser engraving application?

Two types of laser systems often used for the industrial sector are flying-optics fiber laser systems or Galvo systems that are designed primarily for bare-metal marking. Galvo systems are typically faster at the laser marking process, but tend to be smaller than the flatbed flying optics fiber lasers.

Image caption: A G2 Galvo laser engraving machine. (Source: Epilog Laser)

Epilog Laser’s new G2 is the first Galvo laser system that can laser-mark over a larger work area without compromising quality or requiring product indexing. Meanwhile, fiber laser systems provide laser engraving for etching and marking on all types of bare metals and plastics where the laser directly prints from any graphic software program to etch barcodes, serial numbers, images and much more.

No matter what type of machine you choose, though, laser engraving can help to provide that extra layer of security needed to prevent fraud or duplication of intellectual property in industrial applications.

Learn more about Epilog Laser and how the company is providing valuable services to a wide variety of industries.


Editor's note: This is a sponsored blog post from Epilog Laser.

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