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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
|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|
|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
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.
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: