Industrial Laser Marking

Use Lasers for Packaging and Direct to Part Marking Applications

RedLine offer a range of industrial laser marking equipment for packaging and direct to part marking applications like UDI. We offer Macsa lasers from our partner ID Technology. The Mascsa range use the best available laser tubes, electronics, galvo scan heads, optics and software to produce an integrated system that is easy to use, reliable and creates excellent print quality, every time.

Why Select a Laser for Your Marking Needs?

While lasers are not ideal for every application, if you want an indelible code or batch number, or even a 2D barcode etched directly onto a product, label or box, you should definately look at some laser options.  

Lasers have next to no maintenance requirements, are very compact, do not need consumables, can work at very fast speeds, and generally last eight to twelve years.

If you compare lasers to inkjet coders or label applicators, since the laser avoids the need to constantly change consumables, clean ink or adhesives from operating surfaces, and eliminate down time caused through servicing the product or getting the product ready to run, a laser may be a great option for your operation.  

So why not contact RedLine and ask about lasers today - Call 888-801-2039

Enclosures and Safety

The most important aspect of a laser marking system is safety.

Not every laser application needs to have an enclosure to protect the operator and this depends on the orientation of the laser, and if there is the possibility of a person having a direct line of site with the laser. The type of laser used in the application also has a large affect on the type of guards or enclosures required. Many of the applications that we support have the laser mounted looking across the conveyor belt, with only a limited amount of protection implemented to achieve safe operation.  

However it must be said that laser light is harmful to the eyes and skin, so it is important that any new application is assessed in order to best understand what type of laser, and what power of laser, is best to operate efficiently in that application. This assessment will also make sure that the laser is correctly configured and potentially enclosed to meet required safety standards as specified in ANSI Z136 – the standard for laser safety.

Lasers are rated from Class 1 (safe under all conditions of normal use) to Class 4 (most dangerous). Industrial lasers normally fit into class 4 and can be brought to Class 1 level by correctly enclosing them.

For lasers using CO2 laser technology, the enclosure can be made from transparent polycarbonate material, but YAG lasers need to be enclosed in metal cabinets, although a viewing window made from specific laser safety glass can be built in.

RedLine provides a range of enclosures to ensure the safe use of our lasers, including Macsa’s iLASERBOX series of enclosures and workstations.

Which Laser is Right for My Job?

That depends on a number of things such as the material to be marked, the required contrast of the finished mark, how much information is required to be printed, and how much time is available i.e. the speed of the conveyer. It is also important to note that lasers can mark stationery or moving items. 

ID Technology provides CO2, YAG and FiberYAG lasers with power outputs from 10 to 80 Watts.

We’ll help you choose the right laser technology, power, printing speed and lens to ensure your laser installation produces a mark you can be proud of – every time.

K-Series CO2 Laser

The Macsa K-Series CO2 Laser

The Macsa K-Series CO2 Laser is one of the most versatile laser products on the market. It is available in multiple versions to handle just about any job for which CO2 lasers are suitable.

K-Series lasers come in 10,600 nm, 10,200 nm and 9,300 nm light wavelength and power outputs from 10 Watt to 80 Watt.

With high-speed scan printheads and optics that can provide a print field of up to 500mm x 500 mm. the K-Series can handle just about any CO2 laser application.

F-Series Fiber YAG Laser

F-Series Fiber Laser

F-Series Fiber Laser is a pulsed fiber laser, designed to mark metals and plastics.

The compact sized marking head makes it easy to integrate into many applications and it is available in 10, 20, 30 and 50 Watt versions.

NANO Compact Fiber/YAG Laser

Nano Laser System

Nano Laser System is a compact, affordable laser marking system that is available in power ratings of 6 Watt to 20 Watt and both YAG Diode and FiberYAG versions.

2D Datamatrix Barcodes on Printed Circuit Boards

Confused with so many variations? No problem, RedLine Solutions team of laser experts is ready to help you through every step of choosing the right laser for your job. We’ll work with you to determine the laser technology, power, speed, optics and interface that will fit your application perfectly.

With local support across North America, we’ll make sure your new laser marking equipment is properly installed and your people trained in use and maintenance.

Want to get started?  Contact us today – 888-801-2039 

 

Images and input for this article was with the kind support of David Holiday of the ID Technology