While most of the barcodes that you will come across are printed on paper or a label, you might have to opt for a different kind of marking system when it comes to parts and accessories. Many components need to be marked with a barcode directly as opposed to using printed paper.
This is called direct part marking, and one of the technologies you can use for this task is dot peen marking. This technology has been around for some time, and it provides a wide variety of benefits that labels don’t offer.
Dot peen marking provides a durable mark that will sit for a long time even under harsh conditions. You can use this technology on equipment that will be used in the outdoors, or that undergoes rough handling.
Applications of Dot Peen Marking
You can use this technology on a wide range of materials. For one, you can use it to mark items that ought to pass through hash testing processes such as thermal cycles, moisture, chemical agents and oil.
You can also use dot peen marking systems to leave marks on items that require tracking during their life cycle. This makes them easy to track at any point in time, even several years down the line.
You can also use the technology on very small items that you cannot label easily.
This technology was initially used in the general mechanical and automotive industries. The benefits of this technology have made it be adopted across all the industries including healthcare, electronics and chemicals.
How It Works
Dot peening uses mechanical percussion to create small marks in the material. The marks lead to a change in the diffusion of light on the surface. This ends up recreating light and dark elements that come up with the mark, for instance, logos, text and images.
This procedure is, however, most common in the automotive industry where the normal labels aren’t as effective as they ought to be.
These tools are available in both handheld and fixed mount types; it depends upon your preference to choose the best. The choice depends on your needs as well. One of the benefits of handheld models is the wireless handheld portability that they provide.
Marking of systems requires that you take time to know what kind of materials you are handling and come up with the perfect way to do it. You also need to choose the best tool for the task.