Dot matrix machine has integrated image processing

August 7, 2007

Borries Marking Systems offers its model 350 dot matrix machine with integrated image processing for marking verification for traceability and lot control.

Designed to meet AS 9132 requirements for data matrix codes, the company's dot matrix mechanism with three NC axes has an electronically controlled dot matrix head with integrated distance sensing to provide maximum repeatability and control of data matrix geometry. The system incorporates Windows®-based software for simplified layout generation.

Intended to provide 100 percent proof of marking for the aircraft industry, the machine has a camera verification system designed for 3-D dot peening of data matrix codes on metal. Verification results are stored in a database with marked data, allowing images to be saved and properties of every dot to be traced.

The machine comprises a multiple coordinate unit; a dot-peening system intended for AS 9132 image verification; a vertical NC axis with a wide work area for loading; a three-axis controller with 32-bit processor; an electric marking head with built-in height sensing; and a cast aluminum metal table.

Using the company's VisuWin universal marking software program, the system allows the operator to change the menu language at any time. The machine is designed for integration with many control systems and data transfer protocols. It includes a camera for reading part numbers, date codes, order numbers, and other information.

The system measures 26.378 in. high by 13.819 in. wide by 17.362 in. deep, with a 5.905-in. maximum workpiece height. Working area is 3.937 in. by 1.968 in. Process time depends on the amount of information marked, with marking speeds of three to four characters per second.