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High-powered 100-Watt fiber laser feature variable scan head tuning, configurable beam turn unit and various interfaces permitting integration into nearly any existing production line.

Stephen Moore

January 8, 2018

2 Min Read
Souped-up laser promises robust part marking

A high-powered 100-Watt fiber laser from Germany’s Alltec GmbH reportedly operates up to 40 percent faster than standard 50-Watt lasers and allows for marking substrates that are usually difficult to mark with other models. FOBA Y.1000 applies robust marks on heavy wear products to ensure abrasion-proof legibility. Further, its compact design permits a smooth integration into existing production lines.

The FOBA Y.1000, a compact fiber laser marking system that can be integrated into production lines and create robust markings, even on hard-to-mark substrates.

Heavy-wear plastic components for automotive or aerospace industry applications can be laser marked utilizing the color change or engraving method. Robust and stable characters and codes can guarantee part traceability and forgery protection.

The 100-Watt fiber laser is suited for marking and engraving automobile and aerospace components because the corresponding engraved marks are robust and ensure long-term legibility throughout the entire product life cycle according to Alltec. This applies to high-wear products such as extruded components and cables. “Optimized mark contrast and resistance qualities ensure reliable part traceability and protection against product forgery,” adds Alltec. 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 498 x 367 mm, thus enabling highly efficient marking with maximum throughput. The large marking field also allows for the rapid 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 unique, 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 600 meters/minute.

Further the laser beam can be positioned at two angles, either 90 degrees top down or zero degrees straight forward, which is advantageous in terms of simplifying integration. Another integration benefit is the system’s compatibility with various interfaces such as Ethernet and RS-323 or, from quarter two of 2018, also Profibus, Profinet and TCP/IP (with software version MarkUS 2.12). This makes it easy to set up software configuration for integration into production lines.

The air-cooled system requires hardly any 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. Downtimes due to laser source exchange are consequently as good as gone.

FOBA’s product manager Markus Vetter summarizes the benefits of the new Y.1000 thus: “Our fiber laser marking technology enables maximum production efficiency and speed, while providing highest reliability and best-in-class marking quality. This system, which has been developed in close cooperation with our international customers, complies with demanding industrial standards.”

About the Author(s)

Stephen Moore

Stephen has been with PlasticsToday and its preceding publications Modern Plastics and Injection Molding since 1992, throughout this time based in the Asia Pacific region, including stints in Japan, Australia, and his current location Singapore. His current beat focuses on automotive. Stephen is an avid folding bicycle rider, often taking his bike on overseas business trips, and is a proud dachshund owner.

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