Future Production Use

Sample Marking

Problem:
Product material changes occur or the laser needs to be re-purposed to a new production line.

Generic Laser System

  1. STEP 1Randomly select a single parameter and mark a part.
  2. STEP 2Try to improve the mark by randomly testing more parameters and test more parts.
  3. STEP 3Select a different type of parameter and mark parts.
  4. STEP 4Continue to select parameters and mark parts until the mark is acceptable.

Labor Additional Cost

2 hours for testing each part and for changing materials based on the time required to place parts, change the settings, and record and compare the results.
$150 based on the engineering time required.

KEYENCE ADVANTAGE

Use the sample marking function to test multiple parameter combinations simultaneously to find the best settings.

Hardware

None

Labor

$25

Guide Laser/Finder View

Problem:
Machine is re-purposed to mark a new part.
Marking is misaligned on the new target.

Generic Laser System

  1. STEP 1Guess where the laser will mark and trigger the marking laser.
  2. STEP 2See where the laser marked, take physical measurement and adjust.
  3. STEP 3Trigger marking laser again and check for alignment.
  4. STEP 4Repeat until positioned correctly.

Labor Additional Cost

2 hours are spent remeasuring the focal distance each time you add a part that has a surface that changes the distance from the laser.
$150 based on the engineering time required.

KEYENCE ADVANTAGE

Use the visible red laser to project the mark on the target. In cases where you cannot see the part inside of the machine use the internal camera as a view finder to align the mark on the part.
*MD-X and MD-U Series only

Hardware

None

Labor

None

Z-Height Adjustment

Problem:
Would like to re-purpose the laser to a new machine that will mark on multiple parts instead of a single part at a time.

Generic Laser System

  1. STEP 1Design or purchase system modifications to cover the different part heights.
  2. STEP 2Perform multiple test marks on each height part to ensure marking quality.
  3. STEP 3Perform height adjustments to determine the variance between part heights.
  4. STEP 4Perform production run off to ensure all parts are marked correctly.

Additional Hardware Cost

$10,000 to $60,000 depending on if a second laser marker is needed.

Labor

$1,000 to $3,000 to install and program the second laser.

KEYENCE ADVANTAGE

Adjust focal point in the software

Hardware

None

Labor

Approximately $1,000 for new install.

Life Expectancy

Problem:
The laser has been running for a few years and the laser diode is degrading.

Generic Laser System

  1. STEP 1Run laser at 100% power to maintain speed and quality.
  2. STEP 2If laser marking quality degrades production stoppage will occur.
  3. STEP 3Diode breaks or quality is no longer acceptable.
  4. STEP 4Stop Production.
  5. STEP 5Send laser in for repair to replace diode or buy new laser marker.
  6. STEP 6Wait for an extensive period of time for repair or new laser.

Additional Hardware Cost

$10,000 to $40,000 depending on whether a new diode or a new laser marker is purchased.

Labor

$1,000 to $20,000 depending on the amount of downtime and the total repair costs.

KEYENCE ADVANTAGE

KEYENCE laser markers are rated for long operating life.

Hardware

None

Labor

None

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