Case Study | Hilite International - Direct Part Marking Success

Hilite International

Hilite´s Northern Stamping division is a supplier of precision, structural, stamped and welded components to automotive OEM´s, and tier 1 suppliers.
MECCO's MC2000 Superfast Dot Peen markers help Hilite International achieve permanent traceability while achieving their goal of zero defects.
MECCO's MC2000 Superfast Dot Peen markers help Hilite International achieve permanent traceability while achieving their goal of zero defects.
MECCO's MC2000 Superfast Dot Peen markers help Hilite International achieve permanent traceability while achieving their goal of zero defects.
MECCO's MC2000 Superfast Dot Peen markers help Hilite International achieve permanent traceability while achieving their goal of zero defects.
MECCO's MC2000 Superfast Dot Peen markers help Hilite International achieve permanent traceability while achieving their goal of zero defects.
MECCO's MC2000 Superfast Dot Peen markers help Hilite International achieve permanent traceability while achieving their goal of zero defects.
  • MECCO's MC2000 Superfast Dot Peen markers help Hilite International achieve permanent traceability while achieving their goal of zero defects.
  • MECCO's MC2000 Superfast Dot Peen markers help Hilite International achieve permanent traceability while achieving their goal of zero defects.
  • MECCO's MC2000 Superfast Dot Peen markers help Hilite International achieve permanent traceability while achieving their goal of zero defects.

Industry:

Materials:

Powder Coat/E Coat/Paint Finishes
Steel

MECCO Products Used:

  • SuperFast Marking Machine
    Compact, high speed dot peen marker that offers marking speeds up to 16 characters per second. This patented system leads the world in marking speed.

    SuperFast Marking Machine

  • T2 Controller
    The T2 controller embodies the best properties of all previous Couth control units and incorporates cutting-edge superior technology.

    T2 Controller

Traceability Objectives

The Northern Stamping division's primary focus is on the manufacture of medium to large stampings assembled to very close tolerances. Hilite International produces parts utilizing all metal stamping technologies, sophisticated robotic welding, and e-coating.

Part identification and traceability plays a key role in Northern Stamping’s goal of achieving zero defects. MECCO’s MC2000 SuperFast dot peen markers are incorporated into every inspection/check station located outside the robotic welding cells. Once a part passes their critical tolerance and weld quality testing, the parts are marked with traceability identification information including part number, Julian date, welding cell location and an operator number, which provides full traceability on the part. Some parts also are marked with 2D Data Matrix, which are used for sequencing of parts at the final assembly lines.


Hilite's Objectives:

  • Marking 2D Data Matrix on automotive stampings, including cross member and trailer hitch assemblies
  • Mark must be deep enough to be read after e-coat painting process
  • Rugged, reliable markers needed: very aggressive robotic weld cell environment

Benefits of MC2000 Vibra Peen Markers

After working with MECCO to implement the MC2000 SuperFast with N20 marking head, Hilite experienced the following benefits:
  • High speed marking system - increases productivity
  • N20 marking head able to produce a very deep mark, increases mark’s survivability