FOBA Releases New Generation of Yb Fibre Lasers for Marking Plastics, Metals and Other Materials

With its Y-Series, FOBA laser marking and engraving is introducing the next generation of high-precision fibre lasers for direct part and product marking.

With their new scan head technology and modular design, the fibre laser marking systems in the Y-Series provides the highest integration capability and application flexibility. They are easy to integrate in production lines and laser marking stations, and ensure tailored solutions for a wide variety of marking applications.

A scan head built-in vision system for in-process imaging combines validation and verification prior to and directly after laser marking in a holistic marking process.

Laser marking has become one of the preferred methods for product identification, decoration and material processing.

Due to increasing quality standards, new legal and industrial regulations, or the manufacturer’s intent to add value and safety to their products, many applications have already been developed and new fields of use arise.

Medical technology and automotive industries show a growing demand for reliable, accurate and efficient direct part marking and identification solutions, which enable safe traceability and provide counterfeit protection.

FOBA Product Management director Michael Strzyz said: "Nowadays, part marking systems not only have to mark reliably.

"They also have to demonstrate flexibility, as the applications, requirements and materials of our customers vary widely and become more and more complex.

"Only tailored solutions ensure optimal marking results, easy integration and at the same time cost-efficient processing.

"Our clients have different requirements in terms of marking speed, marking quality and marking precision. This requires flexibility."

The new series of fibre laser marking systems was developed to create clarity and take the complexity out of laser marking.

With the Y-Series, FOBA introduces a modular platform consisting of nine compact and flexible fibre marking lasers spanning power and pulse width ranges. The proprietary scan head technology offers tuning for optimal marking quality and high marking speeds.

A modular concept ensures easy integration

The easy, quick, reliable and cost-effective integration into various production environments and systems is one of the key customer requirements when it comes to installing a marking laser.

The modular design of the Y-Series takes this major requirement into account as it includes nine different Ytterbium fibre laser sources (1064 nanometer wavelength) which are identical in construction, spanning power (2W to 50W) and pulse width (1.5 to 200 nano seconds) ranges and two continuous-wave lasers (CW) on one modular platform.

Additional features include various optics, a choice of marking fields, two beam turn versions for straight-out or 90° beam exit, a patented camera system and customer interfaces (TCP/IP, Profibus) for flexible integration.

Best configuration and high precision for every use case

Across all industries, parts and products are becoming smaller, and more complex in shape, and across the entire product lifecycle, reliable readability of all marked contents is important.

Permanent and precisely positioned markings are among the most decisive quality criteria, particularly in the automotive, automotive supplies and medical technology industries where safety comes first.

Many manufacturers have to mark a variety of different products, which leads to different requirements on the marking quality and also on marking speed.

With the two scan head tunings High-S for higher marking speeds and High-Q for higher marking quality, the Y-Series offers two parameter sets for both of these uses.

The new High-R (resolution) marking field calibration offers an accurate mark positioning and a substantial reduction of distortions. Both are crucial when marking small parts and applying large marking contents, as well as when high code integrity is required.

All Y-Series fibre marking lasers are available with the optional vision system Intelligent Mark Positioning (IMP) directly integrated in the marking head.

IMP is the core of FOBA’s holistic vision-aided laser marking process Holistic Enhanced Laser Process (HELP), which offers verification prior to marking and validation after.

The validation of marking contents right after laser marking helps to avoid errors, reduces scrap and non-conforming products, and ensures process reliability.

1D and 2D contents, which are important for manufacturers with strict quality and code and data integrity, are directly read back during post-mark validation. Characters and images are immediately verified.

The fibre laser marking systems in the new Y-Series are ideal for the reliable laser marking of various plastics (epoxy resins and foils), metals (aluminium, steel and titan) and other materials with codes (QR, DMC and bar codes), alphanumeric signs, logos, graphics and images.

Y-Series marking lasers are engineered for the corrosion-resistant marking of medical stainless products. The powerful new fibre lasers are suitable for the precise and efficient direct part marking (DPM) in all industrial areas, including the automotive and automotive supplies, medical and electronic sectors.

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