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Vision Assisted Laser Marking Delivers Lean Manufacturing

Journal Article
ISSN: 1946-3979, e-ISSN: 1946-3987
Published April 14, 2008 by SAE International in United States
Vision Assisted Laser Marking Delivers Lean Manufacturing
Citation: Benayad-Cherif, F., "Vision Assisted Laser Marking Delivers Lean Manufacturing," SAE Int. J. Mater. Manf. 1(1):554-558, 2009,
Language: English


To achieve permanent, high quality, non-contact marking, automotive manufacturers use laser marking processes. But, the ability to accurately position small characters in a limited space, to recognize the proper parts before being marked, and the capability to repeatedly mark in a robust way without operator's adjustments still create challenges for those who attempt to achieve lean manufacturing.
Described in this paper is a high-speed vision based laser system capable of rapidly and accurately marking a large number of automotive parts of different shapes in a single pass. The vision based laser system has shown, that in a production environment, a reduction of waste, an increase in product throughput, and an improvement in the overall manufacturing cost can be achieved.