Machine type used M Series laser marking system
Laser Source Nd:YAG Q switched
Application ID matrix code for traceability
Completion Year 1997
Material Plastic
Customer Bespak

Laser marking of plastic Carrier frames are almost translucent to the wavelength of Nd:YAG and therefore difficult for laser marking. When the process starts, the laser marking can end up being sub surface causing implosions. Introducing Bespak by Recipharm | Drug Delivery Device Services | Recipharm

If the marking applications work is carried out correctly, the results can be very good. Here, an ID matrix code is marked, capturing the moulding data from a test station. The code is rectangular due to the amount of data required and the image area available. The laser focal position is set slightly out of focus.  This creates a softer energy pulse form.  This set up helps prevent the energy pulse passing into the material.

Laser Marking Of Plastic Carrier Frame

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 marked effects can be enhanced by the adding of laser 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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