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Deep Part Marking Capabilities Expanded

Typical parts scribe marked to depths of up to 0.0080".

New CMT C-Series Silent Scribe marking machine places identification marks on railway car wheel bearing components.

Marking hard materials with a deep mark is vitally important to manufacturers in many industries today. Processes like painting, plating, heat-treating and subsequent machining can make shallow marks disappear, and in a manufacturing environment that requires absolute traceability, the right marking process must be applied.

"Columbia Marking Tools, Inc. has pioneered the application development of many of the marking processes used in manufacturing today, including enhanced versions of dot-peen marking, low-stress dot-peen marking, impact marking, roll marking, laser marking and now scribe marking," said a company spokesperson.

Tom Phipps, Columbia Marking Tools, CEO, said, "Columbia has designed and built hundreds of stand-alone and automated special marking machines utilizing every type of marking process. We study the customer's process and apply the best marking system solution for the application. That includes type of mark required, production requirements, noise and safety of the process and ultimately the quality of the mark. Types of marks include date stamp and shift codes, QC marks, part numbers, traceability marks, UID Compliant and 2D Matrix Square Dot codes, company logos, lot numbers and even trademarks."

Phipps continued, "Today we are seeing an increased need for deeper marks in new types of alloys, steels, including high-strength low-alloy steel (HSLA) and different formulations of casting materials, all of which require versatility in the range of marking pressure capability.

Phipps explained, "But how do we define a deep mark. In some cases, it can be as deep as 0.0310-inch. The depth required is what limits the type of marking process. For example, typical laser marking depth is 0.0005-inch for any reasonable production rate. Standard dot-peen marking up to 0.0030-inches, but with an air-operated impact marker you can achieve average marking depths of 0.0080-inch. and roll marking up to 0.0120-inch."

Recently Columbia developed a new C-Series of markers that perform both dot-peen and what is called the Silent Scribe CNC marking system. Columbia originally patented programmable CNC scribe marking machine technology in 2005 primarily for standard I-Mark scribe markers for marking 2D Square Dot matrix codes. The marker utilizes an X-Y-Z axis slide arrangement that is driven through precise ball screws. The scribe head, mounted on a platen that is linked to the slides, uses a diamond stylus to quietly scribe text or graphics into hard or soft surfaces producing fully-formed lines, curves and 2D matrix codes. The control of the head movement is provided by a programmable controller that interfaces with standard Windows-based systems combined with the high-power I-Mark marking system to create the marks and codes. Utilizing high-power stylus actuators that operate on relatively low air pressure, the C Series can produce extra deep marks. The ball screw and linear bearing axis design permits the user to have either a quiet-running servo motor drive that provides high-speed marking capability up to 10 characters per second with 0.005 mm positioning accuracy, or a high-performance stepper motor drive that gives 0.02 mm repeatability at five characters per second. The machine can operate as a stand-alone or, because of its compact size, can be easily integrated into an automated production system that use robots, because the marking head is designed to `get-out-of-the-way.' With the C-Series component architecture, the individual axis can be customized from 40 mm to 500 mm travel or more, allowing for enhanced flexibility.

For more information contact:

Columbia Marking Tools

27430 Luckino Dr.

Chesterfield Township, MI 48047

800-469-MARK (6275)

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