100% Product traceability is on the rise. Nowadays it is no longer an exception but more a requirement that one wants to know where the materials, parts and sub-assemblies come from, when and by whom they were made. Producers are increasingly required to affix product information on the product and / or on the product packaging. This has already been fully implemented in the food industry, but this trend is on the rise in the high-tech industry.
Every product has its own, unique code
By using bar, data matrix or QR codes, product information can be applied easily and accessible. Date, type, serial number, production location and other specific information can be included in the code so that a unique and complete picture can be provided quickly. There are also many free scan apps available (example QR-tripod for android) for smartphones, so that every employee has direct access to the information without having to make significant investments as a company.
Quickly apply unique codes with a fiber laser
Codes can be applied quickly and easily with fiber lasers. Since codes are often not large in size, a fiber laser is extremely suitable because the mirror head can apply codes up to 1500 mm / sec at high speeds. The software already has several bar-code type conversion options built in as standard, allowing manual, text or Excel files or server control, codes can be directly converted and lasered. The software also has options to add date, time and automatic increment to the code.
What does it deliver in practice?
In addition to tracing the origin of a component, improved product traceability also has broader applicability. Codes are also applied for stock management, location determination and uniform communication between employees.
Example: hospital environment
An example is the implementation of code use in a hospital environment for devices and instruments used in surgical operations. The fiber laser can apply the code directly to the metal objects without making deep surface structures. This means that the instruments can be sterilized properly without the code being able to go off. No more use of stickers. By scanning the instruments and documenting their location, the hospital can know which tools have been used for which operation, whether they have all been sterilized after use, where they are stored and how often they have been used to monitor wear, reduce losses and use of "polluted" instruments.
Example: the machine builder
In another application, a customer has provided all components with a code for an improved product traceability. For assembly, these are scanned so that the total built-up machine is known, what has been built up, when and by whom, but also in the event of malfunctions which parts need to be replaced.
Fiber lasers for fast application of codes on plastic and metal
Smart application of codes can save time and money. Fiber lasers can apply these in plastics and metals, including any codes and / or other necessary identification elements, logos and / or texts. If you would like more information about the use and application, please feel free to contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org or first look further at our fiber lasers.