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Embossing, Indent and Dot Peen of Metal Tags and Plates

October 18, 2016

Embossing and Metal Marking Machines are incredibly useful tools across industries. What these machines do and how they can be of service to so many isn’t exactly obvious. Our customers who purchase embossing, indent and dot peen machines vary from the United States Military to large manufacturing companies to power plants to small local businesses. The size of a company doesn’t matter when it comes to owning an embossing machine. Here, we’ll explain the different processes that take place in these metal marking procedures.


Metal Embossing 

The lettering is raised, depending upon your specific needs. These machines use something called punch and dies, which are corresponding male and female pieces of the embossing machine that produce the indent or raised alphanumeric character (similar to a typewriter).




Metal Indenting 

This produces indented letters and numbers in plates and tags. The process is completed by means of a print wheel. A dog license to identify a dog might be printed using this method. Any size metal can be printed using metal indenting. The characters produced appear as “sunken” into the metal tag.




Metal Dot or Dot Peen Marking 

This process uses a stylus pin to mark a metal plate using a series of dots to form all kinds of readable elements including numbers, logos and 2D Data Matrix codes.




Metal 2D Barcodes 

These bar codes provide information that can hold thousands of characters. This storage of information is significantly greater than that of standard 20 character barcodes. Metal embossing machines and metal indentation machines have the capabilities to produce these types of barcodes, which is very helpful for many businesses.   In addition, the barcodes can be easily scanned by an industrial barcode scanner or by simply downloading an app.

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Cim-USA is North America’s source for metal embossing, dot peen marking and metal indentation machines. Our company is a certified Government Service Contractor who proudly serves the US military. Contact us for all of your plate embossing needs, no matter what kind of business you’re running.

The Convenience and Versatility of Dot Peen Marking

September 30, 2016

Dot Peen Marking is a technology that allows manufacturers to automate their direct part marking processes. Each part will be traceable with data beyond the limited amount of alphanumeric characters and restricted space provided on the surface of a standard metal plate or tag. Good quality dot peen marking systems will allow you to place markings on products consistently and quickly.

Important things to look for in a dot peen marking system are:

  • Marks fast without errors
  • Connects directly to the cloud
  • Ability to use 2D matrix codes
  • Integration of technical systems is easy

Dot Peen Marking is often an upgrade for many manufacturers. The upside of the upgrade to these marking machines is definitely the increase in production for the manufacturer. The dot peen marking system greatly decreases the incidence of errors, which also helps increase production and eliminate the waste of product in the production facility.

Other methods of permanent part marking include:

  • Hand stamping
  • Laser marking
  • Chemical etching

These are all fine methods, however, none are as efficient as dot peen marking. These other methods are more time consuming and cause a lot of consumable waste. Some of the methods even require the use of hazardous chemicals.

When choosing between dot peen marking and any other method, in most cases, dot peen marking wins every time.

CIM USA offers two amazing models, the  MDM1000 and MDM2000 which give you tremendous flexibility in marking your metal tags. A cost-effective alternative to stamping and dies, dot peen words on the tag’s surface in any true Windows-type font as well as produce logos and other graphics.

If you’re searching for high quality marking machines for your manufacturing facility, look no further than CIM USA for dependable metal marking solutions.

What Are Metal Plate Marking Systems Used to Help Identify?

August 18, 2016

Metal plate marking systems are incredibly versatile pieces of equipment. These metal marking systems help to clearly mark metal plates that identify many different types of objects from tractors to automobiles.

Identification plates are used in areas where some materials cannot be used safely or practically. Metal is generally the safest material to be used for these purposes. The metals used are not as subject to deterioration as other materials. The types of metals that are often used include brass, bronze and aluminum. These are metals that will not rust or build up with residue easily. Material like these are also able to tolerate extreme temperatures well.

What metal plate marking systems help to identify is based solely on what purpose the item is being used for. Metal marking systems can produce multiple identification plates or single plates for multiple items that require unique identification. Below, we explain some of the uses for metal marking machines and their respective metal identification plates.


Schematic Plates 


These plates identify diagrams to indicate how certain types of equipment is wired. These identification plates can also tell how to properly operate machinery. In essence these plates that have been marked by metal marking systems are like built-in instruction manuals. They can be quick guides for both troubleshooting and repair services as well. These are great guides for machine operators and new employees using certain equipment alike. Schematic plates are good for both the safety and operation of machinery.



Barcode Plates/ 2D Data Matrix 

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Metal plate marking machines can also be used to put barcodes on certain items. Often, we think of barcodes as something that is placed on plastic or paper, but sometimes certain items require that codes be placed on them using more durable materials. These products would typically be exposed to harsh environments and temperatures. Often, these barcode identification plates will be attached to an item with screws or rivets to ensure that it is secure in extreme conditions.



Serial Number/ Model Number Identification Plates 


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These plates are used to identify the models of the items that they are placed on. They will often carry quite a bit of information on them and can be found underneath or on the back of an item. Some other information included along with the model and serial number is the voltage requirements, the date of manufacture and the company that manufactured the product. This is one of the most important uses for a metal plate marking systems.



Branded Metal Plates 


Metal plate marking systems can also be used to mark branded plates in order to display what brand a particular product is marketed under. If a plate needs to last for an extended period of time or needs to withstand harsh conditions, these branded plates must be used to save the brand logo on the product. These would typically be used on items like lawn mowers, tractors and toys.



As you can see, metal plate marking systems are incredibly useful across numerous industries. CIM USA provides the best quality metal marking systems that are sure to identify your products clearly and dependably. Contact CIM USA today to learn more about what solution can suit your needs and requirements.


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Visa: Some major merchants see dip in counterfeit fraud thanks to chip cards

April 19, 2016


Article originally featured on USA Today 

The new chip enabled cards flowing into the U.S. marketplace have already made a dent in fraud, with some of the biggest merchants seeing a dip of more than 18% in counterfeit transactions, according to Visa.

Among the 25 merchants who were suffering the most instances of counterfeit fraud at the end of 2014, five who began processing credit and debit cards equipped with the new EMV technology saw those infractions decline 18.3% as of the final quarter of 2015, says Stephanie Ericksen, vice president of risk products at Visa. Meanwhile, five of those merchants who were not yet equipped to handle chip enabled cards saw an increase in fraudulent transacations of 11.4%.

“We’re seeing EMV is having a positive impact on counterfeit fraud,’’ Ericksen says. “Merchants who implement chip, their counterfeit fraud is going down, while those still finalizing plans, their counterfeit fraud is going up.’’

The electronic payment industry has long called for adoption of such technology, but a series of high-profile data breaches at companies such as Target have underscored the need for more consumer protections.

Microchip embedded cards, already common in Europe and Brazil  are considered a more secure alternative to those bearing just a magnetic stripe because they generate a unique code for each transaction. That makes them more difficult to counterfeit, and helps to cut down on fraudulent uses.

To usher the transition along, a shift occurred as of last October. Merchants who didn’t have a terminal that could process a chip card when presented could be liable, instead of the bank, if fraud occurred on that transaction.

After a slow start, both Visa and MasterCard say that the rollout of chip-enabled cards, as well as terminals that can accept them is moving along at a strong pace. Visa says that it has issued roughly 265 million chip enabled credit and debit cards so far, making the U.S. the world’s biggest market. And over one million, or about 20%, of merchant locations were processing chip cards.

MasterCard meanwhile says that as of last month, 70% of its consumer credit cards were chip equipped, a 50% bump since October of last year.

Visa on Tuesday also announced a software upgrade that will shave the amount of time spent on chip card transactions. With “Quick Chip,’’ consumers can dip their chip cards into the terminal and withdraw it in two seconds or less, instead of waiting until their purchase is authorized.

The consumer can “put the card in the terminal and put it right back in your wallet and . . .move to get their coffee, or hamburger or start bagging their groceries,’’ Ericksen says.

Though the screen prompting shoppers to remove their card will pop up faster, the overall transaction may only be seconds shorter. “But from a consumer perspective, leaving your card in the terminal makes it feel longer. . ..So we wanted to work on ways to make it, from a consumer experience perspective, and from the merchant perspective, a lot more seamless.’’

Visa is providing the software upgrade, at no cost to banks and other payment processors, who can then make it available to merchants.


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2016: The Year Of Action For Industrial Manufacturing

February 24, 2016

Source: 2016: The Year Of Action For Industrial Manufacturing

CIM’s ME5OO Now available with Manual Feed Option

December 29, 2015
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The ME 500 is a portable METAL TAG EMBOSSING SOLUTION that offers the ability to emboss different tag sizes, it is developed for component and production line identification and traceability applications. It is available in two versions: the manual (ME 500 Manual Feeder) which can mark non-planar tags such as “easy entry” cable tags and odd shaped tags, and the automatic (ME 500 Automatic Feeder) with a 120 input hopper for standard tags.
The ME 500 is a completely self-contained tag marking machine that is EASY TO TRANSPORT, and is ideal for permanent marking of steel and aluminum tags. Designed to OPERATE IN HARSH INDUSTRIAL ENVIRONMENTS, the ME 500 is equipped with a BUILT-IN LINUX BASED CPU and an industrial spill proof membrane keyboard that allows the machine to work completely stand-alone without a PC. The interface is user-friendly and the large high resolution LCD DISPLAY makes data entry quick and easy in any production environment.

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Article from CNN: U.S. Army changing dog tags for first time in 40 years

December 28, 2015
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For the first time in 40 years, the U.S. Army is making changes to a century-old piece of hardware, dog tags, the identification implements that hang around each soldier’s neck.

For a low-tech thing like the aluminum dog tag, the reason for the change is decidedly high-tech, the threat of identity theft. On the new dog tags, the service member’s Social Security number will be replaced with a randomly-generated, 10-digit Department of Defense identification number.

“If you find a pair of lost ID tags you can pretty much do anything with that person’s identity because you now have their blood type, their religion, you have their social, and you have their name. The only thing missing is their birth date and you can usually get that by Googling a person,” Michael Klemowski, Soldiers Programs Branch chief, U.S. Army Human Resources Command, said in an Army press release.

The change was mandated in 2007, but it has taken the military this long to replace the Social Security number with the 10-digit idea number through a number of systems, Klemowski said.

While identity theft may be among the most impersonal of crimes, the dog tags are anything but that.

“Dog tags are highly personal items to warriors of every service and to their families as well,” says a Library of Congress tribute to the dog tag produced in 2012. “The tag itself individualizes the human being who wears it, despite his or her role as a small part of a huge and faceless organization. While the armed forces demand obedience and duty to a higher cause, dog tags, hanging under service members’ shirts and close to their chests, remind them of their individuality.”

The tags became part of the Army field kit shortly before World War I. By July 1916, the Army was issuing two of the tags to each soldier, one that would stay with the remains of those lost in battle and one that would go to the burial unit, according to the Armed Forces History Museum.

The tags “bring comfort and help calm the fears of soldiers facing death,” the Library of Congress tribute says, allowing them to know they would not be forgotten or become an unknown casualty.

Klemowski said the change would not be immediate for all soldiers.

“We are focusing first on the personnel who are going to deploy. If a soldier is going to deploy, they are the first ones that need to have the new ID tags,” he said in the Army release.

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