Durable mark­ing for guar­an­teed trace­abil­ity

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - PRODUCT WATCH - CON­TACT FOR NZ SALES BJÖRN HENSSLER EMAIL: BJOERN. HENSSLER@MARKATOR.DE

The sale of pla­gia­risms costs the ma­chin­ery and plant man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­tries sev­eral bil­lion dol­lars ev­ery year. Next to the lost sales rev­enues there are also the qual­ity de­fects be­cause of the prod­uct copies. Very of­ten pro­duc­tion down­times or risks to hu­man health and safety are the con­se­quences. Through durable and tam­per-proof mark­ing it is pos­si­ble to iden­tify the man­u­fac­turer and to track the batch num­ber, pro­duc­tion date, pro­duc­tion plant, etc.

Due to the rea­sons men­tioned above, hardly a prod­uct leaves the in­dus­trial pro­duc­tion plant with­out be­ing marked with a char­ac­ter or num­ber string or even with a two di­men­sional Data Ma­trix Code. GS1 Ger­many is a pri­vate sec­tor or­gan­i­sa­tion and has set it­self the task of cre­at­ing a global stan­dard which can guar­an­tee a con­tin­u­ous trace­abil­ity of prod­ucts.

The prod­uct se­rial num­ber to­gether with a global ar­ti­cle num­ber works, ac­cord­ing to GS1 Ger­many, like a pass­port for prod­ucts. With this num­ber it is pos­si­ble to track pre­cisely where the prod­uct was pro­duced and which value-added chain and lo­gis­tic chain it has passed. Us­ing this num­ber the whole life- cy­cle of a prod­uct can be re­pro­duced and in case of a nec­es­sary re­call cam­paign it is very easy to track the prod­uct.

The GS1 sys­tem says about it­self to be an in­ter­na­tional co­or­di­nated tool for a com­plete and unique iden­ti­fi­ca­tion. As the de­mand on GS1 con­form codes is in­creas­ing, the man­u­fac­turer of mark­ing sys­tems Markator Man­fred Bor­ries GmbH was mo­ti­vated to deal with this sub­ject.

For durable mark­ings ac­cord­ing to the GS1 stan­dard, Markator does have a wide prod­uct range and con­sid­er­able ex­pe­ri­ence in the area of the durable and tam­per­proof mark­ing of work pieces of dif­fer­ent kinds.

The high qual­ity prod­uct range of the Ger­man com­pany Markator Man­fred Bor­ries GmbH cov­ers sev­eral so­lu­tions to mark work pieces of dif­fer­ent kinds durable and tam­per- proof. Var­i­ous kinds of ma­te­ri­als can be marked from plas­tics, alu­minum and con­struc­tion steel to hard­ened steel with a hard­ness up to 63 HRC. Whether a mark­ing sys­tem to in­te­grate in an au­to­matic pro­duc­tion line, a ta­ble mark­ing sys­tem to mark small work pieces on a bench­top work place or a flex­i­ble hand-held mark­ing sys­tem to mark big and un­mov­able pieces di­rectly on site; Markator has a so­lu­tion for ev­ery mark­ing re­quire­ment.

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