Laser wire marking provides a high quality, high contrast, permanent, non-contact method for marking coated wire and multi-core cable with alphanumeric characters, graphics or barcode information for identification. Laser marking systems are a reliable, clean, high speed, low maintenance alternative to non-permanent and high-maintenance marking methods such as direct ink or hot stamping. Unlike hot stamping, laser marking does not cause damage or change to the electrical or mechanical properties of the wire and will not wear off due to solvents or friction. It maintains complete insulation integrity and is accepted as a manufacturing process within the international aerospace industry.
Ultra violet (UV) Laser marking is accomplished by the absorption of the laser radiation on the surface of the wire insulation that creates a reaction with the UV-sensitive pigments known as titanium dioxide or TiO2. This reaction causes the TiO2 particles that are contained within the wire insulation to change colors by rearranging their crystalline structure on a microscopic scale. Thus, it leaves a high contrast blackish color on white insulation. The mark is embedded about 20 microns (0.0008 inch) into the wire creating a durable marking with resistance against abrasion and fluids.
Our laser wire system is designed for ease of use, increased productivity and reduced labor costs. The high speed On-The-Fly (OTF) marking has a throughput in excess of 80 inches/second and will effectively mark on white or colored insulation including PTFE (Teflon«), ETFE (Tefzel«), XLETFE and FEP. These fluoropolymer materials can generally be marked on in all forms such as dispersion topcoats, extruded polymers and thin tapes. In addition, single core wires, twisted pair wires, multicore cables and round cables can be accommodated.
Our wire marking system can print graphics and images, and text can be laser marked in various fonts and sizes, either vertically or horizontally, with no masking required. The text can originate from the laser wire job/assembly file, or can optionally originate from an MES system over a high-speed network connection.
Other features include infinite text lengths, infinite variable end mark distances, and infinite variable continuous mark distances. Identical text marking on each wire or optional programmable text for each end of the wire can also easily be accomplished. With the serialization option set, the date code and time stamp can automatically be marked on each wire for tracking purposes.
UV laser marking is the specified method of marking wire and cable used in civil and military programs of aircraft manufacturers and their subcontractors, maintenance organizations and wire manufacturers worldwide.
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