Electrical Component Coding & Marking

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For years, the electrical component market has been in a state of continual growth. Driven by widespread demand for electronic devices, today’s electrical component market is thriving. However, keeping up with consumer demand can be challenging for electrical component manufacturers, especially in times of far-reaching supply chain issues.

In a demanding field like electrical component manufacturing, consistent quality is essential—especially when it comes to product coding. High-quality product markings play a number of important roles, including:

  • Aiding product identification
  • Increasing brand awareness
  • Fostering complete traceability

At InkJet, Inc., we carry a variety of marking solutions specifically built for electrical component coding and marking. Here’s how our coding systems can improve your product marking processes.

The Importance of Electrical Component Coding and Marking

Coding is an important part of the electrical component manufacturing process. Serial numbers, lot codes, data matrices, and miscellaneous product information play key roles throughout the product life cycle, including:

  • Fostering Supply Chain Traceability: Modern supply chains are complex and far-reaching. Traceable markings like serial numbers and lot codes allow companies to track products as they move throughout the distribution network and enter the process chain.
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  • Thwarting Counterfeiters: Counterfeit electrical components are becoming increasingly common and often look identical to legitimate products. Unique product codes enable manufacturers to fend off counterfeiters and prove product legitimacy to buyers.

  • Raising Brand Recognition: The majority of electrical components are not sold in individual packaging—they are sold in bulk to device manufacturers. Direct product branding allows companies to provide brand awareness without the need for larger packaging.

  • Aiding Component Identification: Many electrical components share a common look, even when their internal circuitry is completely different. Product codes help manufacturers identify components with ease.

For codes to fulfill these roles, they must be long-lasting, durable, and printed at high enough contrast levels to guarantee machine-scannability. This requires a high-quality marking solution capable of:

  • Delivering consistent marking results on a daily basis
  • Creating codes small enough to fit on micro-sized components 
  • Resisting any environmental hazards such as dust or extreme temperatures

To help electrical component manufacturers achieve coding success, InkJet, Inc. offers a variety of coding solutions specifically built for electrical component applications.

Different Electronic Marking Options To Meet Different Electronic Marking Needs

When selecting a component marking system, there are a few features that must be included to ensure coding success. Some key elements include:

  • Small marking windows for micro-sized coding applications
  • High-resolution and high-contrast marking abilities
  • Ability to create chemical- and alcohol-resistant codes
  • Consistent coding accuracy
  • Necessary environmental fortifications

Today, electrical component manufacturers frequently turn to two coding technologies to meet these requirements: continuous inkjet (CIJ) printers and fiber laser marking systems. Offering high marking speeds, metal and plastic compatibility, and reliable operation, CIJ printers and fiber laser marking systems are ideal for electrical component marking applications.

InkJet, Inc.’s most popular electrical component marking options include:

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The DuraCode Continuous Inkjet Printer: Capable of uninterrupted high-speed coding and micro-text marking, the DuraCode CIJ is a great choice for marking electrical components. Built with an IP55 outer structure and able to operate in temperatures ranging from 41-113° F, DuraCode printers are built to resist environmental hazards for extended periods of uptime.

Lightjet F8100F Fiber Laser Marking Machine: Fast, accurate, and compatible with a wide range of metals and plastics, the F8100F fiber laser is ideal for component coding applications. When equipped with a high-speed scanner, the F8100F offers a max marking speed of 2,000 characters per second, high-contrast marking capabilities, and 24/7 uninterrupted operation.

With the aid of either system, electrical component manufacturers can ensure that their products are code-compliant, fully traceable, and properly branded.

Diverse Ink Options for Every Scenario

If you are using a printing system to mark electrical components, ink choice is just as important as hardware choice. All materials have unique surface properties that influence ink adherence and appearance, so it’s essential to only use substrate-compatible formulas when performing product coding.

Beyond basic substrate compatibility, electrical component companies must also account for potentially disruptive operational factors. For example, electrical component manufacturing facilities often require:

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  • Alcohol-resistance
  • Solvent-resistance
  • Quick drying times
  • High-contrast appearance

To meet these needs and others, InkJet, Inc. maintains a diverse ink portfolio filled with specialty formulas and OEM alternatives. We also offer custom ink services to ensure that every one of our clients has the perfect formula for their coding applications.

 

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Ready To Improve Your Electrical Component Coding and Marking Processes? Call InkJet, Inc. Today

If you are an electrical component manufacturer, you need to have a reliable marking solution that can meet the needs of your unique operation. With the aid of a well-built CIJ printer or laser marking system, you can ensure that your electrical components are fully traceable throughout the entire product lifecycle. Call InkJet, Inc. today to learn which solution may be right for you.

To learn more about electrical component coding and marking, contact us online today or call 1(800) 280-3245.

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