Labeling components uniquely
Electronic components in general and printed circuit boards (PCB) in particular are widely identified using very small labels, with imprinted codes detected by automatic machines. Spaces to apply labels are limited on PCB, so low tolerance labeling systems are required. HERMES Q devices are capable of applying labels as small as 4 x 4 mm. They also provide high flexibility. To apply printed labels, a HERMES Q print unit can be combined with different applicators. Stroke applicators 4114 and 4414 have proven to be effective with electronic components. Printed labels are picked up by a pad module. Stroke cylinders power the pad move to its target position and apply the labels. On a 4414 applicator, labels can be spotted exactly in directions x and y. If operations change, the applicator can be replaced easily.
Round materials require special approach
Shrink tubes have proven worthy in electrical cabinet construction, in automation or insulation of defective spots on cables or pipes. The plastic tubes contract under heat. Objects which are encased by shrink tubes are electrically insulated and protected from mechanical damage. cab provides printers designed for shrink tube labeling with a centered material guidance. When printing with a suitable SQUIX device, to protect from electrostatic charge, cab manufactures its entire casing conductive if required. A conductive hinged cover with the inclusion of the upper plate of the printer is a spare part.
Labels intended to be processed automatically by a cab flag applicator on cables or slim pipes, are optimized. Serial numbers or barcodes can be printed on labels and the labels be fold around cables. Wrap-around labels are a good choice if instructions for use or other small texts must be attached to small cylindrical containers.
How to identify electronic devices
Modern electronics manufacture facilities have to meet high requirements. For example, labeled coding provides traceability to where a part was originally manufactured and which value-added or logistics chains it has passed. Data recorded during quality assurance must be evaluated and made available for subsequent documentation.
In cases of metal or plastic products be marked permanently, fiber lasers are particularly economical. They enable safety instructions, technical or other data be marked directly on electronic devices. cab’s high-quality XENO marking lasers are for universal use: desktop devices, systems to integrate in fully automatic production, protective housings provided for marking single parts or small series, type plate marking, or laser-markable foil labeling.
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