Shotblast Resistant Laser Marking
Laserax launched its patent-pending shotblast resistant laser marking process that is a game changer for customers looking to achieve foolproof lean traceability.
For the past three years, laser experts at Laserax have been working to provide die casters with foolproof traceability systems that are able to mark permanent identifiers directly on the castings. A breakthrough was achieved with the help of our development partners at Cascade Die Casting Group and Mercury Marine.
With Laserax’s patent-pending laser marking process, it is now possible to identify parts right out of the die and feature tracking codes that will resist any post-process treatments, including shotblasting.
Having Parts Marked Right Out of the Die: The New Requirement
Ever-increasing requirements by automotive manufacturers are pushing die casters towards a perfect traceability system from the extraction of the casting from the die through to any post-process treatment and all the way to automotive assembly lines.
Mark Petro, as Director of Engineering at Cascade Die Casting Group, reports on their experiences: "The whole challenge was to find a partner with the same can-do attitude and hardworking mindset that are at the heart of Cascades Die Casting Group’s culture. We found in Laserax exactly what we were looking for. And, together, we made the impossible — possible."
Alex Monroe, technical project manager at Mercury Marine, also praised the collaboration with Laserax as a great partner in improving traceability in manufacturing. At Mercury Marine, having parts with shot blast resistant markings meant that critical parts could be tracked individually throughout the supply chain.
Maintaining the legibility of a part identifier through shot blasting was not an easy task. Several parameters were tested. Many iterations were required. Many hypotheses were formulated and rejected based on the test results. But in the end, extraordinary commitment coupled with competence and creativity prevailed.
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