Laser Marking vs Pin Marking | Laser & Dot Peen Applications - MECCO

Evaluating Marking Methods Laser Marking vs Pin Marking

Comparing Marking Technologies

Do you need to track parts throughout the manufacturing process or add branding and/or traceability to comply with industry standards? Do you want to reduce the risk of counterfeiting or mass recalls?

Permanent part marking ensures your marks -- whether barcodes, serialization and other critical product information -- are more readable and longer lasting than other nonpermanent marking applications. MECCO specializes in two complete lines of direct part marking technologies: laser marking and pin marking (dot peen). This is a quick introduction to selecting which method your operation should invest in. 

Factors to Consider when Selecting Laser vs. Pin Marking

It’s important to first consider the material, environment, and other key factorys before identifying the proper tool.
  • Materials Being Marked: Metals, Plastics, Cardboard, Etc.
  • Environment: Clean room vs. dirt & debris
  • Temperature When Marked: Standard temperature vs. high heat
  • Surface Quality of Part Being Marked: Machined vs Cast Parts and Dry vs. Oil
  • Life Expectancy of the Part
  • Space & Location of Barcode 
  • Connectivity to the Factory Floor: Standalone System or Full Integration?

Once you have your marking criteria specified, explore the benefits that each piece of equipment offers. 

MECCO team evaluating a part for marking

How to Choose a Marking Method

Determining the best equipment, application & software

MECCO works with our customers to determine the best equipment, the best application, and the best software. We want to make sure that the products we provide are the right fit for your application in order to save time, money and frustration.

If you have questions about choosing dot peen or laser marking for your project, contact us today. We’ll be happy to guide you through to the best solution for your needs. Whether you have a basic marking project or sophisticated application requirements, MECCO brings our 130+ years of experience in part identification to deliver everything from standard units to full turnkey solutions.

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