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Aerospace Laser Marking

The aerospace industry is complex. It’s made up of hundreds of manufacturers, all building crucial components that come together in one final facility. There’s no other sector where traceability is more important than in aviation, and there’s no other marking system that offers the reliability of lasers. Let’s find out how aerospace laser marking is being utilised in one of the biggest industries in the world…

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Aerospace Traceability

Each aircraft is made up of millions of parts that are manufactured by different supply chains, so in the aerospace industry reliable and clear traceability of components is paramount. A clear traceability system allows manufacturers to keep tabs on every component, allowing them to trace back through the supply chain and determine exactly when and where problems have occurred.

From turbine blades to actuators, laser marking offers an efficient way to mark a variety of aircraft components, creating a permanent mark that is easily legible. Whether you’re marking serial numbers, graphics or QR codes, laser systems can support it all. 

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Safety First

One of the most important aspects of aerospace traceability? Safety. Billions of people fly around the world every year, so when it comes to finding a defective part in the manufacturing process, their lives quite literally depend on it being traceable. Utilising laser marking in aerospace production lines makes it easy to unearth any weak links should something go wrong. This is crucial in a sector where failures can potentially be catastrophic.

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The Benefits of Laser Marking

Manufacturers in the aerospace sector need speed and reliability, that’s why more and more are making the switch from traditional marking methods to laser systems. 

Aerospace Materials
The materials used in aerospace manufacturing are vast, and laser systems are designed to support the spectrum. From stainless steel, titanium and aluminum to ABS plastic, nylon and rubber, if it’s used in the aerospace sector, we’re confident we’ve got a laser system that can mark it.

Faster
Compared to traditional marking methods such as CIJ printing and dot peen, laser marking is a much faster process and creates a mark that won’t wear away over time.

Easily Legible
Unlike dot peen marks, which can be difficult to read on some metals, laser marking produces a crisp mark that is easily legible by both human eyes and computer systems.

Withstands Extreme Conditions
Some traditional marking methods, such as CIJ printing, may distort overtime when subjected to extreme conditions. Laser marking is resistant to extreme heat, remaining perfectly legible even on components such as a jet’s exhaust system.

Non-Contact Marking
Aerospace laser marking is a non-contact method of marking, this speeds up production lines and reduces the risk of secondary damage.

Part Identification and Traceability
In aerospace, traceability is crucial for ensuring the safety and reliability of components. Laser marking allows for unique identification codes, serial numbers, and other essential information to be engraved directly onto parts, facilitating efficient tracking throughout their lifecycle.

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Suitable Machines

A laser marking machine can be used for a range of aerospace applications, producing a permanent and legible mark on a host of materials. From electronic circuit boards to brake discs, when it comes to aerospace laser marking, our machines are designed to do it all. 

First introduced in 2012 and now in it's 7th incarnation, the Meta-C MOPA fiber laser engraving machine is built for 24/7 use over decades, it has a track record of near zero failures over millions of flawless operations and features our latest 3D laser head (3-Axis).

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3D (3-Axis) MOPA Fiber 30-80

We know of no other MOPA fiber laser marking machine on the market today at this price point that delivers the performance and functionality of µMeta. Built using the same high-grade components as the rest of the Meta line, just more compact, boasting x17 waveforms making it ideal for colour marking and difficult materials.

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2D (2-Axis) MOPA Fiber 30-60

As one of the first commercially available UV laser marking machines, the Meta-C UV is able to mark practically anything. Designed to serve the commercial and industrial sectors, built with our time-tested Meta-C chassis, with a projected working life of over 15 years.

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3D (3-Axis) Ultraviolet 5-15

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