About

Company Profile

Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, MECCO has been leading the way in industrial product marking and identification systems since 1889. Throughout the evolution of new marking techniques, MECCO has helped our customers determine the best technology for their application.

We bring expertise to every project, which is the result of 125 years of knowledge on part marking methods and equipment, data matrix codes and scanners, and software programming and integration for system performance optimization.

Our Approach

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Our company’s service culture is dedicated to providing comprehensive support at each point of a project, from pre-sale R&D to post-purchase support.

When determining the best marking solution for your needs, you can feel confident knowing that our team has worked with everyone from small machine shops to Fortune 100 global manufacturers to develop the turnkey system that best accomplishes your goals.

MECCO’s two product lines, SMARTmark Laser Marking Systems and MC2000 Dot Peen Pin Marking Systems, offer a full range of cost-effective technologies for workstations, hand-held, and integrated production lines.

A Brief History of MECCO

The Story of Our Company

A Part Identification Company is Born

MECCO was founded in 1889 as M.E. Cunningham Company and incorporated in 1906.  The company produced rubber stamps/sundries until 1924, when Frank Speicher Sr. bought controlling interest and introduced steel stamp and other metal marking product manufacturing. 

After a fire destroyed the Pittsburgh plant and office in 1936, it was decided that the company would be rebuilt as a metal marking manufacturer. Influencing this decision was an exclusive license agreement obtained for the use of patented alloy shock steel for making steel hand stamps. 

Advances in Safety

In the 1940s, the “MECCO SAFETY” trademark was introduced for the special heat treat of the stamps, which provided a very important non-spalling and non-mushrooming of the heads.  This line of products enabled the company to develop an excellent reputation as a manufacturer of top quality marking tools, and focus began to shift toward designing and manufacturing made-to-order marking fixtures and machines for special product applications.

In the early 1950s, the company designed the 701-RCW, a slab and bloom marker that could be operated from a distance.  Developed for the first computer-operated strip mill in the United States at the Jones and Laughlin Steel Plant in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, 701-RCW markers gained interest at the Iron and Steel Engineer’s Exposition and more than 125 would be installed in steel mills throughout the world.

Introduction of Dot Marking

In 1982, the company began developing dot-peen indent markers for various steel mill applications: the Model 1000 Bloom Marker and the Model 2000 Dot-A-Mark.  

Later, as operations of steel producing plants in America declined, commercial designs of the Dot-A-Mark were introduced, including the Model 3000, 3100 and 3200.  

In 1989, the company was granted a patent for indenting a bar code into the surface of an object, which would be called “Bumpy Bar Codes.”  

Single Pin Marking

In 1991, the development of the dot matrix systems included the X-Y operating systems DM-4000 and DM-4100.  The design of these units presented opportunities for portable machine application, adaptation to manufacturing cells and a wide variety of mounting procedures.

By 1992, an important addition to the multi-pin Dot-A-Mark systems arrived through a strategic partnership with the Spain-based manufacturer, Couth.  Their MC-2000 was announced as a single pin, computer-operated marking system and was made available in North America through MECCO’s exclusive distributor rights for all Couth products.

Sensis Corporation introduced the technology to automatically scan and read Bumpy Bar Codes in 1994, and the two companies worked together to develop markets for this system, leading to installations at companies like John Deere, Caterpillar and Cummins Engine.  Proving to be an asset for automotive and heavy equipment applications, the code was indented during manufacturing to assure that it remains permanent, allowing for easy data collection throughout the part’s life cycle. 

Evolving toward Automation

Through acquiring Sensis’ reader division in 2000, the company was able to create a patented indent marking package that included the SP-202 Bar Code Marker and fixed-mount and hand-held bar code readers.  

Other direct part marking methods, including molding and casting, laser, embossing and engraving, were added to the product mix.  Combining these with the reader and data collection capabilities, the company was able to pioneer traceability solutions in harsh environments where other symbologies and technologies were unable to perform.

In 2002, a group of Pittsburgh business leaders purchased the company and consolidated its divisions into one new name: MECCO Marking & Traceability. Utilizing the company’s long history with high-quality marking equipment and cutting edge technology, MECCO experienced much growth through its focus on cost-effective laser marking and dot peen technologies for workstations, portable marking, and integrated production lines while offering world class customer support. 
 

A Vision For the Future

Backed by 125+ Years of Experience


Throughout the last century, we’ve had the privilege of working with a multitude of steel mills and manufacturers to develop many marking innovations, resulting in over a dozen patents.

MECCO’s extensive experience enables a greater understanding of the marking needs of today while providing a vision for developing the technologies of the future.

The MECCO Experience

We believe in delivering “The MECCO Experience” to every customer across all industries. This is our true competitive advantage that causes so many Fortune 100 companies to choose us as their traceability partner. What does this experience consist of?
 

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