Laser Marking for Zero-Defect Traceability
HOW TO DEVELOP TRACEABILITY SOLUTIONS FOR INDUSTRY 4.0 USING SAFE MARKING AND IDENTIFICATION SYSTEMS
The term traceability is included in quality standards across different sectors. In DIN EN ISO 9001, it says that organizations should identify their products and services uniquely using suitable means – to the extent that it is necessary to ensure their conformity – as well as store all information about the documented results in order to ensure traceability. Additionally, DIN EN ISO 9000 describes traceability as the ability to track the application or location of products, processes or systems. In this context, the traceability of hardware can refer to the origin of materials and parts, the operational sequence of the processing as well as the distribution and position of the product after delivery. Traceability, therefore, has two aspects: tracking and tracing
WHAT IS LASER MARKING
“Laser marking” stands for marking or labeling of workpieces and materials with a laser beam. In this regard, different processes are distinguished, such as engraving, removing, staining, annealing and foaming. Depending on the material and the quality requirement, each of these procedures has its own advantages and disadvantages.
DATALOGIC’S MARVIS FOR ZERO-DEFECT MARKING
MARVIS combines Datalogic’s Laser Marking and AutoID products into a unified software environment, with a single GUI (Graphical User Interface) for setup, runtime, and daily operations. This combined approach not only ensures user-friendly operations but also unleashes innovative performances.
The MARVIS solution is dedicated to the most demanding industries where reliable traceability is a must such as automotive and medical devices. Part tracking and traceability are primary foundations of modern supply processes, where countless safety-critical components are manufactured and have to be inspected and tracked from top to bottom to secure error-proof processes throughout the entire supply chain.
Traceability of medical devices is becoming an increasingly challenging requirement in the healthcare industry, due to regulations and compliance directives, that often expects labelers to conduct analysis and/or testing to determine the effect of direct marking on the safety and effectiveness of the device and to document the basis for such determination. Laser marking is indeed one of the preferred marking technologies to ensure counterfeit-proof traceability throughout the entire device life cycle.
Laser marking is the final step of the process chain; at this late stage of manufacturing, product scraps caused by incomplete or incorrect markings are extremely costly. Because of its integrated approach, the MARVIS solution automatically detects irregular amounts of scraps, and thanks to the improved SEQUENCE EDITOR, applies corrective action included the ability to RE-MARK the component.
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