Being a global one, Aerospace Industry has transformed the lives of many consumers and businesses across the globe. Aircrafts are bound to travel great distances at an extremely high altitude and have to withstand all kinds of pressure and stress. To ensure the smoothness of their working process, the manufacturing methods behind it has to be absolutely perfect.
Lasers and some particular fibre lasers have become very important part of this manufacturing process that helps to build, weld and enhance the features of the aircraft. One such that is popular in usage is laser marking.
The Aerospace Industry
Aerospace Industry works most commonly for the commercial airlines that fly every day. This industry also caters the space outside the world too, mainly for the space exploration. The industry does not just deal in flying but also in the design, science, engineering, research and maintenance of their aircraft with the spacecraft. The aircraft industry has grown from strength to strength since its first flight in 1903. In fact, the top 100 companies that work for aerospace and defence space earned the total revenue of $709 billion in 2016. The industry continues to upgrade and be advanced in terms of technology. There are a lot of companies that are contributing in the revolution of space exploration, it is likely we take major steps towards the success in the coming years. And commercially, many companies are trying to bring space travel to the masses. All these changes clearly depict an evolution in the industry.
How is laser marking used in the sector?
Considering the nature of the industry, any parts included must always have high quality and safety in mind. In order to guarantee both laser marking is used. The marks provided are highly precise, accurate and easily identifiable that are both human and machine-readable. Not just this but it does not harm or have any negative impact on the surrounding area or material it is working with. Which means no quality or safety is compromised in the process.
Aircraft is made with numerous types of metal such as aluminium, titanium and stainless steel. Laser marking is completely compatible and does not have any problem switching between these metals.
Let us take a look at the way laser marking is used in this industry:
Day and night marking on cockpit avionic panels.
The marking of the various aeronautical parts. This encompasses a whole range of parts including both large and small, like electronic circuit boards or motor units.
Making circular markings on the items such as screw heads. These heads are typically of different sizes and diameters so that laser markings can switch between these.
Dot peen marking
The reasons behind these markings can be various, but a few of these include creating logos and graphics, that has bar codes or labels that cab be scanned or make the traceability mark for the parts.