Laser cutting is a low-distortion hot cutting process that most commonly uses a CO2 laser for the cutting of material, usually metal or sheet metal. Thus, a laser is sometimes also called a metal laser.
"Laser" is an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation; it emanates a light that contains a decent amount of electromagnetic radiation. This extremely focused radiation of a wavelength does not dissipate like conventional light beams. A laser beam is way stronger and denser than any other type of light that we have known so far. The beam emission device can be programmed and the intensity of the laser beam can be manipulated according to the requirements of the application.
Lasers produce beams of monochromatic, coherent radiation (light) and are designed to concentrate high amounts of energy over a defined point. The term laser is an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. This helps us understand that, through stimulated emission, lasers release a beam of electromagnetic radiation (beam of light).
The term "marking machinery" encompasses a wide range of machinery and equipment that is used to create markings for and on a variety of products and parts. Once these markings have been designed and fabricated, they are then put onto packages by labeling machinery.
Metal etching, also referred to as metal engraving, is the process of creating grooves, fine lines or impressed designs on metal parts or sheets. Metal etching is used for a wide variety of reasons, including decorative and architectural purposes. For example, manufacturers sometimes employ decorative etching in order to smoke surfaces so that the lines will be more visible. In addition, metal etching can be used to help a metal part meet restrictive weight demands by removing a surface layer of a part through chemical or mechanical means.
Some of the industries that have use for metal etching include jewelry, furniture, architecture, music, art, healthcare, woodworking, aerospace, electronics and arms and defense. Examples of the many products that manufacturers can produce or improve through metal etching processes include: stencils, printing plates, musical instruments, plaques and trophies, foil-stamping dies, metal stamps, precision parts, stents, implants, cathodes, printed circuit boards, engraved or reduced missile skin panels and jet frames.
Nameplates are plaque-like displays of information, specially designed with signs and symbols that identify things. Nameplate manufacturers fashion nameplates out of an extensive variety of materials for use in an equally extensive variety of applications. Office nameplates, desk nameplates and door nameplates are used in professional companies, industrial facilities and institutions to identify the occupants of desks and offices.
Note: Nameplates are not the same thing as labels. They differ from labels in that nameplates are usually designed for long term person or product identification, whereas labels are designed for fairly easy removal. In addition, labels almost always use adhesive, whereas adhesive is only one of the options available with nameplates. They are also not the same thing as tags or dog tags. Tags fall under the category of jewelry.