Throughout the aerospace industry, direct part marking is an essential practice. Both internal policies and external standards posed by systems like Spec 2000 require aerospace manufacturers to place either 1D barcodes or 2D data matrices onto their parts and assemblies. These markings enable companies to track components throughout the manufacturing process and the larger supply chain. Consequently, parts can easily be located during service, while in transit, or if there ever needs to be a recall.
To make these codes, aerospace companies employ a variety of methods including dot peening, laser marking, and electrochemical etching. Of the available marking options, inkjet printing is one of the most common. Versatile, effective, and available with a low initial investment, inkjet printing is used for a range of aerospace applications. At InkJet, Inc., we offer quality options in the aerospace part marking ink and machines arena. Here’s what to consider with aerospace part marking.