UK contract laser marking company formed

In the latter part of 2008 we have become all too accustomed to the continuous stream of bad news relating to the economy and manufacturing in the UK. It is therefore re-assuring to hear that the spirit of enterprise has not been lost.

Laser Mark Solutions is a new sub-contract laser marking company recently formed by Dominick Watson, offering laser marking services across a wide range of products and applications. One of the first and most important decisions, for the Knottingley based company, was the selection of a laser marking system.

Dominick Watson says, "We needed to have a system which was not only compact and highly flexible, but also extremely reliable as the whole business will initially be based around this first system, so the EasyMark system from Rofin-Baasel was our first choice. Another important factor in our decision making process was being able to draw on the extensive laser marking applications knowledge which Rofin make available as part of their comprehensive after sales support."

The EasyMark system uses a diode-pumped Nd:YVO4 laser source and is capable of marking a wide range of materials including metal and plastic components. The unit purchased by Laser Mark Solutions also has an optional rotary axis providing further flexibility for marking cylindrical components. With a marking field of 120mm x 120mm and the capacity to accommodate components up to 450mm x 150mm x 200mm in size, Laser Mark Solutions will be able to process a diverse range of parts.

Many of the parts currently processed by Laser Mark Solutions are metal. The laser is the perfect tool for marking metal components providing the benefits of non-contact, abrasion-resistant, marking onto a wide range of metals with high speed and high precision. Examples of the different materials which can be marked using the laser include not only common carbon steels and stainless steels, but more exotic materials such as titanium and magnesium. The high quality permanent marks which are produced by a laser can withstand extreme conditions such as heat, abrasion and the effects of caustic fluids, which can often be encountered by metal components used in F1, automotive and aerospace applications. The laser can be used to generate alpha-numeric text, vector or rastered graphics, grey scale, bar codes or data matrix codes.

For further information, contact Dominic Watson, Laser Mark Solutions, at dom@lasermarksolutions.co.uk.

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