Marking powertrain components

Maslar, Francis; Burnett, Robert
April 2006
Industrial Laser Solutions;Apr2006, Vol. 21 Issue 4, p13
The article discusses Ford Motor Co.'s investigation in the use of fiber lasers as an alternative to other laser and pin stamping technologies for direct part marking for traceability applications. The applicability of lower-cost laser marking solutions will address direct part marking of two-dimensional data matrix barcode symbology on machined aluminum, machined steel, as-cast aluminum and as-cast steel. Fiber lasers have the potential ability to deliver $0.02 laser mark because the costs of the laser systems are decreasing, the sizes of lasers and system components are getting smaller and the life expectancy is increasing.


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