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Tag Marking Machines for Industrial Marking Applications

November 3, 2011

2D Data Matrix Barcode on Metal Plate

Some may be under the impression that most tag marking machines are only able to mark alpha numeric text on a metal plate or tag; however, there are many types of machines that have the ability to produce logos, images and machine readable bar codes on a metal plate or tag, mainly for part marking and product traceability purposes.

The tag marking machine shown below is a dot matrix machine that can mark letters, numbers, and images, along with a 2D data matrix bar code on a metal plate or tag.   The main benefit of marking a metal tag with a 2D data matrix bar code is to identify a part or a product with more extensive information than a standard bar code can hold, and for capturing the data electronically.  Industries that work with electronic tracking and traceability systems need a solution that will produce a permanent mark on a metal plate or tag able to hold the information associated with that specific part, equipment, product, etc.

The MDM1000/2000 DM  

Tag Marking Machine - MDM1000/2000 DM

This machine is automatic and can run off of a database or information can be entered manually. It contains a “hopper” (up to 250 plates) which holds the plates and feeds them onto a small platform where the plate is secured and the marking takes place.  Once the information is marked on the plate, it is then moved to the right and either stacked in the output hopper, or ejected out the side eject area.

This machine is different from other CIM machines in that it is not an embosser by definition; it is actually more similar to a laser engraver.  It marks metal plates by way of a sequence of tiny raised dots, as opposed to embossed alpha numeric characters, and therefore has the ability to mark virtually anything you desire, including a 2d data matrix bar code, letters, numbers, symbols, logos, and graphics.  It has been coined the affordable alternative to laser engraving because it achieves similar results but is much less costly to acquire and maintain.

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