Fimark Ltd

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We provide a high quality service with a fast turn around.

The precise, repeatable nature of lasers allow the fine detail marking required on smaller components and the accurate removal of coatings. Whilst our lasers are primarily used for marking and etching other applications include cleaning and de-burring

Emphasis is placed on working closely with the customer to meet their requirements in terms of quality and production schedule.

  • General Marking
  • Automotive Backlit Buttons & Fascias
  • Keyboards
  • Tamper Evident Labels and Nameplates
  • DataMatrix and Barcodes
  • Medical
  • Kitchen and Bathroom
  • Spray Painting of Plastics

Laser Marking On Stainless Steel, Aluminium, Ceramics & Plastics

General Laser Marking

Many manufactured and imported components need branding or marking in the form of logos, serial numbers, product codes or user instructions and warnings. EU compliant components need CE marking and many components need traceability. Using a laser to mark this information gives a permanent, aesthetic and non-damaging solution also parts can be directly marked and this can be useful where labels must be avoided.

Almost all sectors of industry already benefit from laser technology and laser marked components are all around us.

Examples are: car dashboard buttons and VIN plates, mobile phone pads, computer keyboards, cooker knobs, electricity meter fascias, medical implants, bathroom fittings and ipods as well as all manner of turned and machined components that make up assemblies for industrial use.

Automotive Backlit Buttons & Fascias Laser Marking

Working closely with moulders and first tier suppliers, FIMARK provide painting and laser etching for the manufacture of backlit buttons and fascias for dashboards. These optical devices require very close control of paint thickness and finish and positional accuracy of the laser etched graphic.

Cockpit ambience is a very important area by which car manufacturers can distinguish their products. An increasing amount of research is being done into creating a satisfying environment for a car’s occupants. The effective nighttime illumination and daytime aesthetics of a car’s interior are becoming more important. Switches and panels can be painted and lit in a variety of colours and use is being made of halo lighting and concealed graphics that only appear when illuminated.
 

Keyboard Laser Marking

Where keyboards and other data entry devices are required for industrial applications and kiosks for public Internet access, laser marked keys are essential for readability and permanence. Laser marking allows a fully assembled blank keyboard to be marked with no damage to the electronics, as heat from the laser process is minimal. If specific keys are required for each country then this is especially useful as the marking can take place at the end of manufacture and the keyboard can be shipped with no further work required.

Keys can be in moulded plastic or metal. (Often colour anodised aluminium or stainless steel.) The key material is chosen so that a high contrast, abrasion resistant mark can be achieved.
 

Tamper Evident Labels and Namplates Laser Marking

Fimark provide a high chemical resistance and able to operate within a broad temperature range our tamper evident laser labels are used where labelling applications are critical. The Tesa and 3M materials we use offer resistance to humidity and solvents and other environmental influences. The labels can be cut to any shape and marked at the same time with serial numbers, logos, graphics and machine readable codes like barcodes and Data Matrix codes and other variable information.

This type of material is used by car manufacturers for VIN plates and for displaying tyre pressure information. The labelling material comes in white, silver and matt and gloss black.
Most of FIMARK’S customers in this area are suppliers of asset security labels.
 

Datamatrix and Barcode Marking

Machine-readable codes are essential where security and accurate reading of information are of high importance. Whilst the barcode is ideal for small quantities of information to be machine read off high contrast surfaces, for more demanding applications a 2-d code like a Data Matrix code is required. These codes can store up to 2000 characters and their size can be from 25 microns to over 300 mm square. Curved and uneven surfaces, highly reflective surfaces and materials that give a low contrast can be marked by laser with a Data Matrix code. These codes also have a level of redundancy that allows a successful read even when partly damaged.

More sophisticated readers than standard barcode readers are required and the lighting of the mark is critical and most readers have their own lighting. In military and medical applications, particularly on stainless steel and curved surfaces, the Data Matrix code has become the standard.

FIMARK has provided barcode labels and nameplates to all sectors of industry and has recently been working with a UK supplier to the US Navy along with a manufacturer of UID verification software
 

Medical Laser Marking

We have been working in the medical industry since 1999 offering high contrast, permanent marks to the manufacturers of implants and medical devices and instruments. Laser marking is used so that low impact surface marks can give traceability to components without creating hygiene traps. The marking needs to withstand autoclaves and passivation and to be sufficiently permanent so that implants can be traced back to manufacturer and material batch if they fail in use. Many implants need to be marked on curved surfaces and the non-contact properties of laser marking are ideal.

Where a surgeon has many different sized implants to choose from, the marking needs to be clear and bold for ease of selection in theatre. The high contrast marks achievable with a laser are essential for these critical environments.
 

Laser Marking for Bathrooms and Kitchens

Laser marking is increasingly used over other methods of branding and marking due to its permanence, legibility and flexibility. Whether the component is a chrome plated moulding or polished stainless steel, a laser marked logo is easy to keep clean and cannot be removed over time.

Chrome plated surfaces can be lightly etched giving a subtle appearance in contrast to the surrounding polished surface and stainless can be marked to give a high contrast black or can be shallow etched.

Laser marking is increasingly used over other methods of branding and marking due to its permanence, legibility and flexibility. Whether the component is a chrome plated moulding or polished stainless steel, a laser marked logo is easy to keep clean and cannot be removed over time.

Chrome plated surfaces can be lightly etched giving a subtle appearance in contrast to the surrounding polished surface and stainless can be marked to give a high contrast black or can be shallow etched.
 

Spray Painting of Plastics

FIMARK offers subcontract technical spray painting of plastics to automotive interior and mobile phone industry standards. Moulded plastic components have not until quite recently been widely decorated. Certain industries like the mobile phone industry paint plastics as the standard pigments and finishes of moulded components are considered unsatisfying. By painting components the full range of colours, soft feels and metallics can be used to add aesthetic appeal to components.

Semi-robotic spraying and the latest automatic spray guns are used to give consistent paint coverage. Close control of the painting environment is maintained in terms of temperature, humidity and air replacement filtration. FIMARK has experience of a range of single pack and 2 pack paints from different manufacturers. Strict quality control and inspection are maintained.
 

6-Axis Laser Systems

The system combines 3D scanning, robotic manipulation of workpiece, a marking laser with vision system and software that allows the wrapping of images around complex 3D shapes. The system is particularly suited to components where the geometry varies, for example castings, where paint can be accurately and quickly removed as an alternative to hand masking.

Systems have been sold for:

  • Paint removal on magnesium castings for aerospace applications.
  • Removal of plating on moulded automotive light clusters.
  • Removal of chrome on perfume bottles to create complex patterns.
  • Other OEM applications where the benefits of laser marking are required around a 3D shape.
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