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From mold making to laser marking: Foba celebrates 50 years of success

Foba's 50th anniversary
Foba Laser Marking & Engraving (Selmsdorf, Germany) has evolved from a craft shop for mold making and engraving with 15 employees into one of the leading international providers of system solutions for laser marking.

Foba Laser Marking & Engraving, headquartered in Selmsdorf, Germany, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The company evolved from a “craft shop for mold making and engraving with 15 employees into one of the leading international providers of system solutions for laser marking,” said the company. 

The production of hot-runner control units and other electronic components formed the basis for Foba’s expertise in the development of complex control systems. Its first laser marking system, an Nd:YAG, was launched in 1991. Since 2001, Foba has focused solely on laser technology and has grown to become an international provider of marking lasers with nearly 250 employees worldwide. 

From FOBA’s initial products—solid-state and CO2 lasers—the company developed its first fiber laser in 2004. Today, the company can label virtually any type of material in high quality with durable characters. 

In 2009, the Lubeck-based manufacturer of laser marking machines Alltec acquired Foba. Both companies share a focus on laser-based marking and engraving. 

The international focus and growth of the company is further supported by Foba’s affiliation with the Danaher Group in the United States. As part of the group’s Product Identification Platform, Foba strives for innovative solutions for direct-to-part laser marking.

Sustainable marking of parts and products in the automotive and medical technology sectors is a core business area, said Foba.

Foba offers marking workstations as well as production line components that are equipped with integrated camera systems for automated parts recognition and mark alignment. Intelligent mark positioning and fixture-free laser marking are among the special features of Foba’s camera-controlled marking units.

In addition to the automotive and medical technology markets, Foba’s marking lasers, laser marking machines and vision-based marking workflows are used in the electronics and plastics industries as well as for tool and mold making.

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