High-power laser part marking

High-power laser part marking

January 19, 2018

Foba Laser Marking & Engraving


FOBA’s 100W fiber laser FOBA Y.1000 operates up to 40% faster than common 50W lasers and allows for marking substrates that are usually difficult to mark with other models. It applies marks on heavy wear products for abrasion-proof legibility. Its compact design permits a smooth integration into existing production lines.

The 100W fiber laser is suited for marking and engraving components, because engraved marks are robust and ensure long-term legibility throughout the entire product life cycle. This applies to high-wear products like engine components, ball bearings, break systems, or extruded products and cables. Mark contrast and resistance qualities offer reliable part traceability and protection against product forgery.

To meet different speed and contrast specifications for customized applications, four focal widths are available, allowing for adjustments to marking field dimensions as well as marking speeds.

Even for on-the-fly-marking (marking on moving products in continuous processing lines), it is possible to obtain marking field dimensions of up to 498mm x 367mm, enabling highly efficient marking with maximum throughput. The available large marking field also allows for the fast and effortless marking on large-sized components or for applying multiple marks on one product. All created marks are of a consistently high quality and accuracy. A variable scan head tuning is available in two modes – for high-quality or high-speed purposes – and enables sharp marking results at line speeds of up to 600m/min.

The laser beam can be positioned in two angles, either 90° top down or 0° straight forward, an advantageous integration feature. Another integration benefit is the system’s compatibility with various interfaces like Ethernet and RS-323 or, from Q2 2018, also Profibus, Profinet, and TCP/IP (with software version MarkUS 2.12). This makes it easy to set up software configuration for the integration into production lines.

The air-cooled system reduces laser source maintenance, in contrast to the extended maintenance requirements of water-cooled systems. Furthermore, the laser source’s lifespan is significantly longer, compared to other high-power Nd:YAG-lasers with lamps or diodes, which need to be exchanged regularly, reducing downtime due to laser source exchange.