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Different Marking Systems

6/14/2013 11:08:13 AM | by Anonymous

Marking Systems

Marking a material is important in order to achieve accurate measurement and form for a product. There are various marking systems that can be applied on different materials such as wood and metal. These devices are usually made of wood and metal wherein no matter what material they are made of can be suitable to be used in any base material as well. This means a marking device made of metal can be used both in wood and metal and this notion applies to wood marking devices as well. Marking devices are being used on various applications both for industrial and home use. The marking devices we may be most familiar with are those being used at home. Before putting a mark on an object to be worked on, the first thing that needs to be done is taking the measurement. Some of the measuring instruments commonly utilized for home use are tape measurement and carpenter’s square to name a few. Once the measurement is taken, for an instance in the wood when building furniture or in fabric when sewing clothes, a marking, which is a tailor’s chalk or simply a chalk, has to be applied to accurately know where to work on. It can be a guide for the tailor to know where to cut in the fabric or put a fastening material such as nails or screws. A precise measurement and marking can assure that the original design of a dress is achieved and the furniture is durable and well-built.


Stamps may be considered as a marking device due to the way it functions. A good example where the use of stamps can be found is in notary offices. Legal files are stamped or sealed as a proof of its legality and authenticity. These stamps are made of rubber where specific words are embossed and attached to a handle which can be wood, acrylic block or brick. Rubber stamps work by pressing it on stamp pad staining the embossed words leaving a mark when stamped on a paper.


A more complex marking sytem are those applied on metals for industrial use. Metal marking can either be done through laser marking or pin marking. Pin marking device involves a cutting tool that is used to engrave text or any design on small items. The advantages of pin marking as compared to laser marking are that the former can cut deeper and require little maintenance. Some examples where this marking is applied include marking dog tags and ATM cards. The only thing that may be done to pin marking devices is occasional sharpening or replacing of cutting tools. For works that would require deeper cutting, scribe marketing systems can be used as an alternative.


Laser marking, on the other hand, does not involve cutting of material but instead simply creates a shift in color to the material being marked on. This is preferred when no parts of the material has to be etched away. Laser machines can be handheld or operated through a computer. The latter machine is controlled by an operator which guides the laser with the help of a computer program. A great feature of laser marking device is its capability to create 3D images. In contrast to pin marking devices, laser markings are easier to use. However, it is expensive and requires high maintenance. Frequent cleaning of the laser with the use of solvents should be done and placed somewhere with proper ventilation.


Different marking systems can be applied for various uses. No matter what the purpose may be, all markings function to create an accurate result on every workings whether it is for home or commercial use.

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