Machine type usedM Series laser marking system
Laser SourceNd:YAG Q Switched
ApplicationCable ID text genaeration
completion year1998
CustomerTrident systems
MaterialPlastic, heat shrink materials

Laser Marking of Heat Shrink Application – Trident Systems

This material absorbs the laser marking energy extremely well, so laser marking heat shrink works effectively. High contrast levels are achieved across a wide colour range. Tests have shown that the characters maintain their form following material shrinkage. No visible deformation occurred. Because of the materials high absorption characteristics, low power and  single stroke characters work very well.

Laser Marking Of Heat Shrink

There are a number of differing changes to the plastic material surface during laser marking, and it is very dependent on the material itself as to which one occurs.

  1. A thermochemical foaming, creating gas bubbles to the surface of the material, is the most common. The light scatters across the affected area producing the light marking that appears.
  2. Bleaching is another effect that is common. Here, the pigment used to achieve the product colour is removed creating a visual difference.
  3. The third mechanism is vaporisation where the material is heated, very quickly, to the point where it vaporises and is removed leaving behind the created image.

These three laser marking effects can be enhanced, by the adding of laser sensitive additives and can generate considerable advantages. The additive acts as an abortion barrier, boosting the ability of the laser to process better. In some materials, the laser marking ability would not be possible without this additive.

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