Aerospace

  • Aerospace  Laser Marking Traceability and Identification Data Matrix Code

DataMatrix, UID and Bar Codes

The need for full traceability and identification services by the Aerospace industry can be met by laser marking machine readable codes and text. Aerospace devices and components are marked by different techniques based on the variety of materials and the nature of the expected code. Our traceability solutions range from the following and comply with Federal Aviation Authority (FAA), Military Aviation Authority (MAA) and the Civil Aviation Authority.

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 with most readers having 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 manufactured barcode labels and nameplates for all sectors of industry. For the defence industry we provide UID solutions which can involve direct marking of codes onto components and verification certificates. UID or Unique Identifier codes (a special form of Data Matrix code) and their validation certificates are becoming compulsory for any supplier to the US military.

The flexibility of laser marking allows serial numbers and variable information to be added to almost any surface in the form of a machine-readable code. Software converts data that can be inputted from a text file into the graphical format of a bar-code, Data Matrix or QR code. The laser parameters are selected to maximize readability and are optimized for each material. For example on steel the surface might be turned black and with aluminium the surface would be etched.

 

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Tamper Evident Labels and Nameplates

Providing 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.

Over the years we have supplied nameplates and rating plates to every conceivable industry. About half of the nameplates are free-issued by our customers for us to process, but we also provide a complete service where we supply the nameplate and mark it to the customer’s specification.

Commonly used materials include stainless steel, (brushed, dull polished or shot blasted) and colour anodised aluminium and foil. Nameplates can be supplied with adhesive backing.

Please contact us with your requirements.

 

 

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Backlit Buttons

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.

Cabin ambience is an important area by which airlines and aerospace interiors manufacturers can differentiate their products, enhance their designs and spread their brand image in order to maximize customer engagement.

 

Much research has been done into creating a satisfying environment for passengers. The effective night time illumination and daytime aesthetics of a cabin’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.

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Quality and On-time delivery

Fimark ensures a high added value on all our processed components and guarantee excellence in quality. We can also offer additional services including faster turnaround, short term storage and delivery management.

Our operations management processes enable constant production reliability and ensure high quality control. This process involves five different stages using different quality devices and ensure that items are fit for the purpose for which they are intended. Fimark operates under ISO 9001 quality management standards which is aligned to AS 9100. Also Fimark is currently on the verge of incorporating TS 16949 (the automotive equivalent of AS 9001), and is therefore already working at this standard. If your order has to be processed faster than the usual turnaround we can often offer you a quicker solution.

Our storage and delivery management process can be tailored to your needs. We can have your goods delivered anywhere in Europe and, if needed, we can provide a short term storage solution in our facilities.