FOBA introduces ultrashort pulse laser marker

FOBA F.0100-ir ultrashort pulse laser marking system with its laser control and supply units. (Courtesy: FOBA)

FOBA’s new F.0100-ir marking system creates deep black markings on medical stainless steel, titanium, or plastics. Its adjustable pulse width and its 10 watts laser power enable accurate results on various surfaces. In combination with FOBA’s validation-ready process solution, the F.0100-ir provides advantages especially for medical device manufacturers.

The ultrashort pulse laser marks in the deepest matte and non-reflective black without generating significant heat input on the workpiece. Even through further processing steps, such as passivation, the marking remains reliably legible and corrosion resistant. Due to the very short pulses down to the femtosecond range, in combination with high pulse energies, the system marks various stainless steels, titanium, and a variety of plastics.

When developing its ultrashort pulse laser system, FOBA placed particular emphasis on its ability to be integrated into the proven FOBA workflow.

“For our customers, it is of course crucial that our lasers achieve consistently reliable marking results,” said FOBA director product management Philipp Febel. “But they also trust that the entire process is highly dependable, and a new marking system has to keep up with that.”

The integration of a capable, compact, and very flexible laser source was the top priority during product development.

“Our laser system offers adjustable pulse widths for specific material requirements,” Febel said. “This is not a matter of course in the ultrashort range. As a result, the FOBA F.0100-ir marking system provides a wide range of applicability, high precision, and outstanding process stability.

“The laser head is so compact that we can integrate it into our M-Series marking workstations. And that is often a requirement with our customers. Since the system is air-cooled and uses hardly any consumables, it requires little maintenance. In addition, the high marking speed in combination with FOBA’s established camera and software solutions enable lean and efficient part manufacturing.”

FOBA offers interested users sample markings with the new USP marking system. Marking applications from medical device manufacturing, automotive component production, or electronics are suitable. Materials that are usually marked with other wavelengths such as UV can also be considered. Detailed advice on the best possible marking configuration will be part of the service.