Marking & Coding

Precise, cost efficient marking & coding

Laser Applications

Laser marking and coding are closely related applications. Marking involves creating a contrasting surface mark on the target material through ablation, discoloration, engraving, texturing, or surface melting. Coding is a type of marking, where rather than marking a static graphic or text, the mark varies, either from item to item as in a serial number, or from batch to batch as in an expiration date. Barcodes, QR codes, expiration dates, graphics, and alphanumeric codes can all be accomplished with a laser system on a wide range of material types.

Marking and coding with a laser system offers several key advantages over traditional methods:

  • Zero contact with the target material
  • Can be applied to curved or contoured surfaces
  • Digital control enables on-the-fly changes
  • Lower operating costs – no consumables, and very little required maintenance
  • High speed capability, suitable for high volume processing and production lines
  • Crisp, clear imagery, and text
  • Wide range of type fonts and sizes
  • Permanent marks that will not smear or rub off
  • Wide range of materials, including challenging materials like polyurethane foam and glass

Common Materials

  • Plastics
  • Paper and Paperboard
  • Cardboard
  • Wood
  • Metals
  • Glass
  • Polyurethane Foam
  • Rubber & Compounds
  • Organics
  • Ceramics


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