Precise Laser Mark Positioning Even without Product Fixtures

At the IMTS fair in Chicago, Foba has showcased its innovative marking feature Mosaic, a significant improvement in automated mark alignment, for the first time in the US. A reliable vision-based laser marking process is now even feasible when products are placed without any fixtures in the marking field.

Application examples for direct part laser marking on medical devices and on automotive components. (Source: Foba)

Foba Laser Marking + Engraving has shown three different laser marking systems at the International Manufacturing Technology Show: The mid-size M2000 laser marking station is equipped with the latest marking software MarkUS 2.12 including the Mosaic feature. Parallel to the official market release, Foba demonstrated that the integrated camera makes expensive fixture devices unnecessary while still guaranteeing highly accurate laser marking results.The M1000 marking station was also on site for sample marking demonstrations. The compact machine comes with a 20 Watt fiber laser and vision system IMP (Intelligent Mark Positioning).

Furthermore, the marking station M3000 was at the booth, the most spacious M-Series model, to demonstrate sample marking with an innovative fiber laser designed especially for paint removal on plastic parts. This innovative marking system creates highly precise day-night-design symbols, which are mainly used for automotive and electronic applications.

Mosaic uses an integrated camera that is positioned directly above the marking field and – without perspective inaccuracies – reproduces a mosaic-like tiling of the entire marking field including the displayed parts. The to-be-marked parts are then laser-aligned and laser-marked with precision.

The company also presented its Foba Remote Service, FRS, a new proposal by its technical customer support, indicating another step towards industry 4.0. A mobile modem transfers operational data from the customer, enables pro-active support by the Foba technicians, and contributes to optimized marking processes and machine functionality. (Source: Foba)

Link: FOBA Laser / ALLTEC GmbH, Selmsdorf, Germany

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