"5 WAYS EXPERTS REDUCE COSTS & OPTIMIZE LASER PERFORMANCE
1 Choose the Right Marking Position
Where you position the marking affects which type of laser head you need. Flat surfaces are typically marked with a 2D head, whereas curved surfaces with a 3D head. Since 3D heads are more high-tech and expensive, you should position the marking on a flat surface when possible. Where you position the marking also affects which machines will be available to you. You can save thousands of dollars on automation costs just by switching the marking’s position.
2 Choose the Right Type & Size of Identifier
Data matrix codes (DMCs) can be etched faster than QR codes and alphanumeric characters because they are more compact. As a result, the marking time is shorter. Laser experts can further reduce the marking time by finding the most efficient size for your codes. Since they remain readable after up to 30% of damage, 2D codes such as DMCs have a better readability rate than 1D barcodes. This really helps reduce the number of non-conform parts that must be scrapped."