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UID Marking

Unique Identification (UID) Marking

Managing inventory and tracking products is a problem that has sought various solutions. The Department of Defense (DoD) has found the solution to fix each problem and lower cost structure. The MIL STD 130 requires that all government deliverables must be marked with a machine readable 2D data matrix code. This code is also known as the unique identification mark, or UID. With UID becoming more popular in the commercial industry and mandatory in the defense industry, Laser Photonics has developed the capabilities to provide the complete software and product package.

Finding a company that meets all the MIL STD 130 requirements from the 2D software generation, to the proper verifiable mark, and finally the Wide Area Work Flow registration process, can be somewhat challenging. Laser Photonics has sold this very solution to companies in the past and has continuously worked to improve their methods.

Creating a UID mark does not always have to be done with a laser. It can be done with an ink jet, chemical etch, or a dot peen method each with their own advantages and disadvantages. For example using a ink jet for UID marking offers a low entry cost but it is a low quality non-permanent mark. Using a laser system may have a higher entry cost, but it is the most versatile of the methods applicable to replacing print labels for direct part marks (DPM). Laser systems also offer the highest quality permanent mark available and require virtually no maintenance with at least 50,000 hours life expectancy.

Laser Photonics is capable of automating most of their systems to suit any factory and application. UID marks or DPM (Direct Part Marking) can be made with our lasers on plastics, nickel, aluminum, titanium, and most steel for the automotive, defense, medical, aerospace, and electronics industries. Contact us to learn more.

UID Marking Systems

UID Laser Marking Video

2D Matrix marking (UID marking) using a fiber laser marking system.

UID Marking on Plastic Video

UID Marking on a plastic tube. This video includes marking, measurement and matrix scan test.

  UID Marking Video

UID Marking on the bottom of a test tube. This video includes marking and matrix scan test.

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Department of Defense Unique Identification (UID)

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Application #151
Process: UID Marking
Material: Titanium

Application #167
Process: UID Marking
Material: Steel

Application #193
Process: UID Marking
Material: Aluminum

Application #293
Process: UID Marking
Material: Steel

Application #321
Process: UID Marking
Material: Nickel

Application #165
Process: UID Marking
Material: Steel

Handheld Laser Marking Hand Held Laser Marking System

The Hand Held Fiber Laser is a safe, state-of-the-art, Direct Parts Marking (DPM) alternative for Nd:YAG and Nd:YVO4 lasers (Lamp-pumped, Side-pumped Diode, and End-Pumped Diode). Components include a Q-Switched Ytterbium Fiber Laser with Scan Head, Industrial PC Controller, Power Supply, and Marking Software.

Direct Parts Marking, UID Marking, Date Codes, Bar Codes, Time Stamps and all other permanent marks on all non-movable parts and equipment for traceability and Code Compliance purposes.


Laser Marking Fiber Laser Engraving Machine

Fiber Tower™ Series is the new generation of Fiber Laser Material Processing Systems for Direct Parts Marking, UID Marking (Unique Identifier), and Deep Engraving. It is the most advanced, compact, industrial grade, mid size, Fiber Laser Engraving Machine available on the market. Fiber Tower™ series employs the new generation of solid state Ytterbium fiber laser systems of near infrared spectral range (1060-1080nm) with a unique combination of high peak power, ideal beam quality, fiber delivery and highest electro-optical wall-plug efficiency

These laser machines possess a reliability that is unmatched by any other kind of solid state or gas laser systems. Wide selectivity of operating wavelengths, ultra-low amplitude noise, high stability and ultra-long pump diode lifetime complete an impressive list of advantages of these modern fiber laser systems.


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