Laser Marking Services
Laser marking is a non-contact process that employs a highly concentrated laser beam to form a permanent design on a substrate. Industry professionals use the process to indicate important information on a part or product, such as the company name or logo, serial number, or barcode.
There are three types of laser marking available:
- Laser marking. The basic laser marking process uses a low-powered beam to create permanent discoloration on the surface of the workpiece.
- Laser engraving. The laser engraving process uses a high-powered vaporizing beam to form shallow or deep cavities in the workpiece.
- Laser etching. The laser etching process melts the material to produce visibly raised marks on the surface of the workpiece.
Southern Spring & Stamping, Inc. provides laser marking services to facilitate the delivery of fully finished parts and products. Our value-added services, combined with our expert technicians and quality inspection department, ensure customers receive products that meet their exact needs.
Benefits of Laser Marking
The laser marking process offers several unique benefits to manufacturers that need to create lasting designs on product surfaces, such as:
- Versatility. The laser marking process is suitable for unusually shaped workpieces of all sizes and configurations. It also accommodates both metallic and non-metallic substrates. These qualities allow manufacturers to meet a broad range of customer requests.
- Durability. Designs formed by laser marking are permanent, eliminating the risk of fading over time and damage or distortion resulting from exposure to harsh environmental conditions.
- Precision. Laser marking can produce highly precise, detailed designs.
- Speed. The laser marking process offers fast processing speeds, allowing manufacturers to complete high volume orders in reasonable lead times.
- Safety. Since laser marking is non-contact, there is minimal risk of damage to other parts of the workpiece during the marking operation.
- Eco-friendliness. Laser marking does not require the use of chemicals or consumables.
In short, laser marking is a flexible, fast, and high-precision process. Due to its many advantages, manufacturers use it to finish a variety of products for a diverse set of industries.
Applications of Laser Marking
The laser marking process finds use in a variety of industrial applications, including:
- Branding. Many manufacturers use laser marking to add their company name or logo to products, equipment, and other items.
- Part tracking numbers. Part information—such as barcodes or serial numbers—can be laser marked onto parts to facilitate identification and traceability.
- Inventory control/product tracking. Laser marked information can also assist customers in keeping track of their product inventory by allowing parts and products to be distinctly identified in an inventory control or product tracking system.
- Counterfeit and fraud prevention. Laser marked designs can serve as an important distinguishing feature in genuine products versus fake copies.
- Security. Laser markings can provide an extra layer of security. For example, some manufacturers use electron beam lithography (EBL) for confirmation that a part is legitimate.
Industries that commonly use laser marking in their products or services include the following:
- Electronics. Many small electronic parts have laser engravings on their surfaces. Depending on the part, the engravings may serve as a form of identification or play a key role in the part’s functionality.
- Aerospace. In the aerospace industry, laser marking is used to tag vital components. The permanence of laser marks is especially important with regard to temperature extremes.
- Medical. The laser marking process is an effective, durable way to follow standard UDI guidelines for medical devices.
- Automotive. Laser marking provides a high level of traceability for critical automotive components, from venting valves to ball bearings.
- General manufacturing. Regardless of if the part is an apparatus component of a dishwasher or a bit for a power drill, laser marking allows for easy part identification and traceability.
Laser Marking Solutions From Southern Spring & Stamping
Since 1957, Southern Spring & Stamping, Inc. has served industry as a provider of metal manufacturing services. Armed with an over 100,000-square foot facility equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, we have the tools necessary to work with a variety of materials, accommodate prototype to production runs, and meet virtually every customer demand with quality parts.
Our expertise extends to the following areas:
- Springs and wire forms
- Sheet metal fabrications and parts
- Fourslide parts
- CNC machined parts
In addition to our metal wire forming, stamping, sheet metal fabrication, and machining capabilities, we also offer additional services such as laser marking to deliver ready-to-use product solutions. Our other value-added services include prototyping, powder coating, silk screen printing, and color coding.