GET HIGH-SPEED WIRE AND CABLE LASER MARKING WITH ABCO’S OFF-THE-SHELF SOLUTION

A COMPLETE LASER WIRE MARKING SYSTEM THAT’S SIMPLE TO INSTALL, EASY TO USE

Designed specifically for wire and cable manufacturers, ABCO’s LM Series laser marking solutions deliver clear crisp codes on a variety of high-performance materials. ABCO’s turnkey self-contained laser wire marking system is simple to install and easy to use—and readily available via ABCO’s quick ship program. We designed and built a completely safe system that is ready to use right out of the box. ABCO’s laser wire marking system is plug-and-play and requires minimal operator training, making wire and cable marking effortless.

ABCO’s laser wire marking systems are certified “Class 1” and available in two models: LM-1000 (ytterbium pulsed fiber) and LM-2000 (diode-pumped Nd: YVO4 laser). Both models are all-inclusive and include a laser marking unit (interface unit and marking scan head), supply unit, software, and an ABCO Safe Guard Stand. The laser system operates using non-proprietary marking software running on a PC via Windows®. The software provides users access to a full range of fonts and tools for creating layouts and previewing the marking on the screen. In addition, the software provides access to all laser parameters and system settings.

COMPACT YET HEAVY-DUTY

With a small footprint of 24″ x 26″, ABCO’s laser wire marking system is compact, mobile, and extremely robust. The ABCO Safe Guard Stand includes four adjustable feet on casters, allowing users to easily move the unit from line to line. ABCO engineers specified and integrated high-end industrial components into the stand’s design, ensuring that it would withstand tough environments. The stand’s key features include:

  • Main frame construction of 2” x 2” x 1/8” T-304 stainless steel square tubing
  • Shielding enclosure fabrication of 16-gauge T-304 stainless steel
  • Hinged and gasketed safety interlocked access door with nickel-plated cam latches, stainless steel hinge, and a Kentek laser window
  • Roller guides to maintain vertical wire position
  • Infeed and outfeed cable round tube portal (light leakage prevention)

The Safe Guard Stand includes a fume extraction system port. Offered as an option, the fume extractor removes marking residues by pulling particles off directly at the site to prevent dust particle accumulation. This is critical to extending the life of the laser system’s optical components.

laser wire marking
laser wire marking
laser wire marking

HIGH SPEED FOR MAXIMUM YIELD

With ABCO’s laser marking system, single-core or multiple-strand wire and cable pulls from a manual wire payoff, feeds through the system, passes under the marking area, and delivers through to a rewind station. Laser marking is performed “on-the-fly” with maximum wire transport speeds of up to 1968 fpm. (System solution speeds may differ from published laser marker unit speeds.) With proper use, ABCO’s laser marking systems improve efficiencies, increase yield, and provide low cost of ownership.

MAXIMUM RELIABILITY AND USABILITY WITH A SIMPLE DESIGN

ABCO’s laser marking systems allow users to consistently mark a wide range of wire and cable sizes. We integrated adjustable roller guides to accommodate different cable diameters and jacket materials. The roller guides correctly position the wire and cable at the appropriate height, ensuring optimum focal distance and print quality. Other features that make this system operations-friendly include:

  • Air-cooled system eliminates the need for a chiller, makes the system virtually maintenance free, and helps reduce energy costs
  • A standard 110V outlet powers the system, making it convenient to use anywhere in a facility
  • Commercially available components, no proprietary parts or software to source and buy

FIBER AND UV LASER MARKER SPECIFICATIONS

LM-1000 (Fiber) LM-2000 (UV)
Materials: HDPE Plastic HDPE, LDP, synthetic fibers (Dupont™ Tyvek®, PTFE, ETFE, , XLETFE, and FEP
Laser Tube: Ytterbium (Yb) pulsed Fiber laser Pulsed Nd: YVO4 laser (Vanadat), diode-pumped
Maximum Power: 50-watt 2-watt
Laser Cooling: Air cooled Air cooled
Maximum Print Speed: Dependent on lens configuration and focal distance 500 characters/sec
Maximum Line Speed: 1968 ft/min (600m/min)* 984 ft/min (300m/min)*
Beam Output: Steered beam Galvo-steered beam
Laser Source Expected Life: Up to 100,000 hours 15,000 – 25,000 hours
Laser Wavelength Options: 1.06µn – 1.07µn (1064nm) 355nm
Focal Distance Options: 3.93/6.41/10/16.53 in / 100/163/254/420mm SS10 and SS7 with four focusing optics / (f=103 mm/160 mm/214 mm/511 mm)
Maximum Mark Window: 19.62 x 14.43 in (498.5 x 366.5 mm) From 64 x 76 mm2 (SS10, f=103 mm) to 375 x 375 mm2 (SS10/SS7, f=511 mm)
Certifications/Approvals: CE, TUV/NRTL, FCC, EAC CE, CB, TUV/NRTL

*System solution speeds may differ from published laser marker unit speeds.
Tyvek, Teflon, and Tefzel are registered trademarks of E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company

Increase Yield, Reduce Labor
Safely mark cable and wire without damage to the electrical or mechanical properties of the wire.
Increase Productivity
Laser marking is ideal for part numbers, variable data, or any other identification needs.

Certified Class 1 System

FEATURES
  • Fiber or UV laser
  • Light-tight safety guarding
  • Welded stainless steel frame
  • Industrial casters with adjustable feet
  • Black anodized aluminum surfaces
  • Shielding enclosure
  • Safety-treated view window
  • Exhaust port for fume extraction
  • Adjustable integrated guide rollers
  • Adjustable cable infeed height
  • HMI station or pushbutton controls
  • Laser touch panel PC
  • Software configurable in 12 languages
  • Safety labeling
  • Emergency stop
  • Shelving for laser controller
  • Documentation package for machine operations and maintenance
  • Remote or onsite technical support
BENEFITS
  • Provides easy installation and start-up
  • Allows users to move the portable unit from line to line
  • Marks a wide range of cable and wire with a single system
  • Provides a high-quality, permanent mark
  • Enables high-speed marking on-the-fly for increased efficiencies and yields
  • Eliminates consumables and daily maintenance; keeps production lines running longer
HOW ABCO'S LASER MARKING SYSTEMS WORK

ABCO’s LM-1000 employs a Fiber laser to mark materials such as high-density polyethylene plastic (HDPE).* Product surface marking is achieved with intense laser radiation on the product material. The laser beam focuses onto the product surface, heats up the topmost layer of the material, oxidizes the surface’s material, and causes a color change without damaging the surface.

ABCO’s LM-2000 employs a UV laser to mark on high-performance materials, such as PTFE (Teflon®), ETFE (Tefzel®), XLETFE, and FEP containing titanium dioxide or TiO2.* As a cold process, UV marking creates virtually no heat, providing a permanent marking solution that does not damage the wire and cable’s mechanical or electrical properties. And, since the laser mark takes on the same properties as the insulation, it can withstand harsh elements, such as heat, cold, extensive sunlight exposure, underground elements, and corrosive liquids.

ABCO UNDERSTANDS LASERS

Leveraging engineering expertise and extensive laser knowledge, ABCO offers a turnkey Class 1 laser marking system to accommodate either a Class 4 Fiber or UV laser marker.

ABCO has an in-house Laser Safety Officer who:

  • Oversees the Nominal Hazard Zone analysis
  • Ensures the implementation of appropriate guarding techniques
  • Confirms that safety labels comply with federal regulations
  • Completes FDA product registration
  • Reviews and approves all laser systems prior to shipping

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