At present, laser marking machine is suitable for most materials produced in various industries, so it is widely used in a variety of materials, such as metals, glass, ceramics, plastics, leather, etc. can be permanently marked with high quality. There is no force on the workpiece surface, no mechanical deformation and no corrosion on the material surface. So how to choose a laser marking machine? Let’s discuss something today.
1，The quality of laser: As laser is the crucial part of the whole machine, its quality determines the machine’s quality. In general, the imported laser will be better, its beam quality is good, the electro-optic conversion rate is high, and the domestic laser is slightly inferior, but the homemade laser can also meet the needs of any industry.So if you have a limited budget,then the homemade laser is a good choice.
2. The cooling device.The cooling equipment of machine can be judged from the following aspects:
(1) What’s the cooling water velocity? (If the speed of cooling water is fast, the heat dissipation will fast as well)
(2) Whether the water pipe of the cooling system leaks, if dew, will also affect the power of the laser.
3. The quality of laser lens. The better laser lens, the more reflected laser beam, and the smaller the laser loss, which is conducive to increasing the electro-optic conversion rate of laser marking machine.
There are two kinds of lenses: the imported one and homemade one, the homemade also divided into imported materials and homemade materials.
The service life and use effect will being effected by its price .
4. Laser operating software. You need to confirm whether the software is original genuine development, pirated software will often appear light leakage, power consumption, performance instability, short service life, high maintenance costs.
5. After-sales service. You need to acknowledge if the supplier can offer this service like deliver, training, debugging and so on.
Laser marking machine has 3 main parts: laser, galvanometer and laser software.
There are many types of laser marking machines. First of all, you should make clear the scope of production, processing materials and processing capacity of our enterprises, and then determine the type and quantity of equipment to be purchased.
Smart Factory!! Laser marking is where MES traces back from the workshop
Smart factories have developed rapidly in recent years. MES is a workshop-oriented production management technology and real-time information system. It is the basic technical means to implement enterprise intelligent manufacturing strategy and realize workshop production agility. It is in the middle part of the enterprise’s planning and control layer, namely the execution layer (workshop layer). Although the enterprise’s planning layer and control layer have made great progress in the operation, there are still some problems that can not be solved in the execution layer,like:
When consumers complain about quality problems, can you trace all the production process information (laser marking machine carved directly on the product surface) according to the product number? Can you immediately identify its raw material supplier, operation position/personnel, the process and key process parameters?
Can the quality information of every product in the workshop be counted and monitored in time? Can the quality inspection data of products be automatically counted and analyzed, and the random fluctuation and abnormal fluctuation of product quality can be distinguished accurately? So that the hidden quality removed at the first time.
When the same production line needs to mix and assemble various types of products, can it automatically verify and prompt operation to prevent workers’assembly errors, product production process errors, product mixing and delivery errors? (The two-dimensional bar code of the product itself can be traced back to any assembly step of the product)
What are the quantities of each product in upstream, current steam,downstream of current warehouse? Will be sell to which distributor?When can it be delivered in time?
How much time there are for producing at the production line and processing equipment, and how much time does it stop and idle?
Can the manual report be replaced by electronic reports and the production quantity, qualification rate and defect code of each process be automatically counted?
ERP system(the planning level) is difficult to provide a perfect solution when faced with the above typical workshop management problems, so it is impossible to link up the ERP system and the field automation system. But MES can do that and delivers information to optimize the production process from placing orders to completing products.
Under producing activities, MES system can collects timely and correct data, and provide appropriate guidance, response then reporting to the decisioner. MES improves equipment recovery, punctual delivery, inventory turnover, marginal contribution and cash flow performance. MES provides the production information needed for two-way communication between enterprises and suppliers.
Main Characteristics of MES
Suitable for diversified production processes, support multiple production lines, improve management efficiency, and can effectively arrange production on multiple production lines for each batch of work;
Establish a perfect database, provide powerful query function, more complete and deeper information, can collect all information on the production line at any time and anywhere, including material and personnel production capacity, maintenance, etc.
The function of error prevention in assembly line operation, preventing parts assembly errors and product production process errors in advance, and promptly remind operators to correct;
Production data timely and correctly to integrate online
Monitoring Production Line timely,and it is the best tool for quality assurance.
Statistical analysis of maintenance data is convenient for knowledge management. The system can rank the top ten items for different types and different maintenance projects, so that maintenance personnel can get maintenance basis.
Provides display for visual management. The panel displays the information of current workstation’s goal, accomplishment, rate of defect, difference and so on. The manager can timely understand the production and quality of the site, and realize real-time transparent production and management.
MES system is the bridge of manufacturing process information integration, which dispel the gap between enterprise planning layer and workshop process control system. MES helps enterprises to implement complete closed-loop production by emphasizing the overall optimization of manufacturing process, and also provides a good foundation for the construction of intelligent factories. Deeply understanding of MES, an advanced management idea, and better application of MES in workshop will bring infinite benefits to enterprises.
The role of 2D code in the whole production system can not be replaced, whether using label paper printing, ink jet printing or laser coding can be achieved. However, due to the increasing cost of production and the increasing automation requirements of modern enterprises, it is also a trend to realize unmanned operation. Laser marking machine is to realize the advantage of “zero consumables”, MES system and laser marking stand out. It has been widely used in SMT industry.
The comparison of PCB double side laser marking approaches
—built-in reversal system of laser marking machine
In SMT industry, the traceability of PCB contract manufacturer and independent product are becoming more and more important, which leads to more and more attention from customers to the permanent mark. Nowadays Chinese enterprises that manufacture laser marking devices have owned different models,such as for double side engrave there have online-built-in reversal laser system and online-built-in up&down laser head.
Laser marking production short line with PCB surface cleanerToday I am gonna talk about the comparison of these two approaches.
1,Laser marking machine with online-built-in reversal laser system
（1）Double-side MARK camera recognition system,
（2）Double-side 2D code reading function,
（3）A accurately marking position.
（4）Identical marking area for both two sides
（5）A good cleaning effect of marking process
（6）An excellent service lifetime
（1）Few seconds waiting time
（2）Requiring mechanical motion when turnover the PCB
2, Laser marking machine with built-in up&down laser head
（1）Up-side MARK Camera Recognition
（2）Up-side 2D code reading function
（3）A accurately marking position at up side
（4）A good cleaning effect of marking process
（5）Faster marking efficiency
（1）No MARK recognition at down side.
（2）No code reading function at down side
（3）Fixed laser head at down side,require mechanical positioning
（4）Limited marking area at down side
（5）Fell dust after engraving will damage laser head
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The most important choice of laser marking machine is its laser.So today I’m gonna to tell you something about four most common lasers.
1. CO2 laser /（CO2 laser marking machine）
CO2 laser marking machine principle: CO2 laser marking machine, or carbon dioxide laser marking machine (CO2 is carbon dioxide). It is a laser galvanometer marking machine using CO2 gas as working medium. CO2 laser marking machine is a CO2 laser with CO2 gas as the medium, CO2 and other auxiliary gases are charged into the discharge tube on the electrode to add high voltage, the discharge tube produces glow discharge, so that the gas emits a wavelength of 10.64um laser, laser energy amplified, after the galvanometer scanning and F-Theta mirror focusing, under the control of computer and laser marking control card. The marking of images, words, numbers and lines can be carried out on the workpiece according to the requirements of users.
CO2 laser marking machine consists of CO2 laser, 10.64 field mirror, 10.64 beam expander, CO2 laser power supply, scanning galvanometer, control computer, laser control card, laser control software, laser frame, laser circulating water system, circuit control system and other parts.
3）Advantages and application areas
The main features of CO2 laser marking machine are: using carbon dioxide laser, belonging to the general model, post-focusing mode, small size, high integration.
This machine is suitable for marking most non-metallic materials, such as paper packaging, plastic products, label paper,leather cloth, glass and ceramics, resin and plastic, bamboo and wood products, PCB board, etc. CO2 laser is a gas laser with a wavelength of 10.64 um in the far infrared optical band. CO2 gas filled discharge tube is used as the medium to produce laser. When high voltage is applied to the electrode, glow discharge is produced in the discharge tube. The gas molecule can release the laser, and the laser beam is formed after amplifying the laser energy.
2.Green laser /（Green laser marking machine）
Green laser marking machine uses high-power multi-mode laser diode pumped to produce green laser beam after laser frequency doubling, and then through computer control of high-speed scanning galvanometer deflection marking or cutting. Two laser beams are projected from different angles into transparent objects (such as glass, crystal, etc.), accurately intersecting at a point. Because two laser beams interfere and cancel at the intersection point, their energy is converted from light energy to internal energy, releasing a lot of heat, melting the point into a tiny hole. The machine accurately controls the intersection of two laser beams at different locations, creating a large number of tiny holes that eventually form the desired pattern.
2）Advantages and application areas
The green laser with 532 nm wavelength has obvious advantages: smaller spot diameter, more concentrated energy, high electro-optic conversion efficiency, good beam quality, marking accuracy below 10 micron level, neat marking frame, no explosion point, no thermal deformation. Mainly used in glass, crystal products, surface and internal marking, ceramics, metals, electronics, plastics and other products. It belongs to the category of cold light. It is also suitable for some products with high heat reaction and high precision.
Through photochemical ablation, that is, by laser energy to break the bonding between atoms or molecules, making it into small molecules gasification, evaporation. The focus spot is very small and the heat affected zone is very small, so it can be used for superfine marking and special material marking.
The main components of UV laser marking machine are: focusing system, trigger type, computer control system, laser power supply, laser, galvanometer field mirror scanning system, marking control software.
3）Advantages and application areas
Ultraviolet laser marking machine with its unique low-power laser beam, especially suitable for ultra-fine processing of the high-end market.iPhone, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, food and other polymer packaging bottle surface marking; flexible PCB board; silicon wafer micro-hole, blind hole processing; LCD liquid crystal glass, glassware surface, metal surface coating, plastic buttons, electronic components, Communications Equipment, and other fields.
Optical fiber laser marking machine principle: Optical fiber laser marking machine is the use of laser beams in a variety of different substances on the surface of permanent marking. Marking effect is through the evaporation of the surface material to expose the deep material, or through the light energy causes the chemical and physical changes of the surface material to “engrave” out the trace, or through the light energy burns off part of the material, showing the desired etched patterns, text, bar code and other graphics. The so-called fiber laser marking machine refers to the use of fiber laser marking machine, fiber laser with small size (no water-cooled device, using air-cooled), light is good quality (base mode), maintenance-free and so on.
Fiber laser marking machine is mainly composed of fiber laser, high-speed scanning mirror, marking software, industrial computer and cabinet. Fiber laser is the core part.
3）Advantages and application areas
Mainly used in: plastics, electronics, metals, ceramics, tobacco and other materials marked out the required text,pattern, bar code and other graphics. Optical fiber laser marking machine easy to operate, fast marking, clear and other advantages, making the production efficiency of enterprises more efficient. Our commonly used pulsed lasers are 10W, 20W, 30W and 50W.
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