Print & apply, fiber laser
Labeling components uniquely
Karlsruhe, Germany | April 22, 2021
Assembled Printed Circuit Boards (PCB) enable control and regulate electronic machines, drives and devices. Thus, demands are strong. Electronic components in general and PCB in particular are widely identified using very small labels, with imprinted codes detected by automatic machines. Spaces to apply labels are limited on PCB, so low tolerance labeling systems are required.
cab HERMES Q devices are capable of applying labels as small as 4 x 4 mm. They also provide high flexibility. To apply printed labels, a print unit can be combined with different applicators. Stroke applicators 4114 and 4414 have proven to be effective with electronic components. Printed labels are picked up by a pad module. Stroke cylinders power the pad move to its target position and apply the labels. On a 4414 applicator, labels can be spotted exactly in directions x and y. If operations change, the applicator can be replaced easily.
Round materials require special approach
Shrink tubes have proven worthy in electrical cabinet construction, in automation or insulation of defective spots on cables or pipes. The plastic tubes contract under heat. Objects which are encased by shrink tubes are electrically insulated and protected from mechanical damage. cab provides printers designed for shrink tube labeling with a centered material guidance. When printing with a suitable SQUIX device, to protect from electrostatic charge, cab manufactures its entire casing conductive if required. A conductive hinged cover with the inclusion of the upper plate of the printer is a spare part.
Labels intended to be processed automatically by a cab flag applicator on cables or slim pipes, are optimized. Serial numbers or barcodes can be printed on labels and the labels be fold around cables. Wrap-around labels are a good choice if instructions for use or other small texts must be attached to small cylindrical containers.
Identify electronic devices
Modern electronics manufacture facilities have to meet high requirements. For example, labeled coding provides traceability to where a part was originally manufactured and which value-added or logistics chains it has passed. Data recorded during quality assurance must be evaluated and made available for subsequent documentation.
In cases of metal or plastic products be marked permanently, fiber lasers are particularly economical. They enable safety instructions, technical or other data be marked directly on electronic devices. cab’s high-quality XENO marking lasers are for universal use: desktop devices, systems to integrate in fully automatic production, protective housings provided for marking single parts or small series, type plate marking, or laser-markable foils.
- Label print & apply systems: www.cab.de/en/print-apply
- Printers providing centered material guidance: www.cab.de/en/squix4m, www.cab.de/en/mach4s, www.cab.de/en/eos
- Fiber laser marking systems: www.cab.de/en/laser
cab is Europe’s biggest manufacturer of label printing systems. The range of devices includes solutions for marking individual components, units, products or packaging. Healthy global growth, pioneering technologies, products designed according to the needs of operators and the competent support of all customers are prior goals of the company. Employees at locations in six countries and more than 800 distribution and service partners around the globe are there to meet the targets.