There are unique identifying marks on every vehicle produced that allows for tracking and quality control.
The VIN is one of the most important marks because tells you the country of origin, the type of car, the manufacturer, the body style, the model year, the plant manufactured in and the serial number. The VIN is used throughout the vehicle.
These marks must be applied quickly
Many parts within a vehicle need to have identified marks such as 2D or Datamatrix codes for traceability; these marks must be easily read and permanent. Some of these parts may be covered in oil, rough, dark in colour or difficult to mark. Making the mark difficult to read, especially after years of use in the vehicle. Readability of the mark is critical for tracking the part during production and aftermarket replacements. The manufacturer must find unique solutions to marking these types of components.
Marking with Dot Peen
There are various ways to mark these parts. VINs or 2D matrix codes are traditionally done with a dot peen marker. Traceability Solutions’ wide array of PINSTAMP dot peen markers offers many ways to mark vehicles, including stationary, hand-held, and robotic-capable models. Additionally, the proprietary Floating Pin Technology allows Traceability Solutions’ equipment to make the highest quality VIN mark in the industry, while the TMP6100 is one of the most advanced dot peen markers on the market that can even auto-sense the distance to the part and adjust so that every mark looks the same
Marking VINs with Scribe
Scribe marking is another process that is typically used. A scribe marker can mark with a very high-quality deep mark. Because the marks are scribed instead of placing individual dots, these machines are quieter and don’t require hearing protection in the production facility. In addition, the company offers the Telescribe marker specifically designed to apply deep, long marks.
Marking with lasers
Some manufactures choose to use lasers to mark their parts. Lasers can produce marks at impressive speeds, and the material hardness is not a factor in the markers ability to mark. Because the laser is using light to do the marking, there is also no need to clamp the part, and they can reach areas that may be impossible with a pin marker. Lasers also allow for logos and graphics. The manufacturer can mark all the different types of lasers on almost any surface, including cast aluminium, hardened steel, titanium, and plastics. Traceability Solutions’ Fiber Laser Marking System is perfectly suited for this type of application and is available in 30, 50, and 100-Watt models. Additionally, our patented dual-head laser system can combine two 100-Watt Laser Marking Systems to make marks twice as fast using one controller.
Achieve quality, safety, and speed with machine vision solutions for the automotive industry
While marking the vehicle parts is important, all production facilities are concerned with reducing manufacturing issues resulting from human errors and quality. Reducing mistakes is a very high priority. Manufacturers can prevent mistakes by adding traditional quality control stations to production lines. Many manufacturers are leveraging deep learning-based image analysis software to solve complicated part location and classification challenges with advancements in artificial intelligence. Our machine vision systems, barcode readers, and deep learning-based software enable automotive part manufacturers and vehicle assembly plants to achieve exceptional quality, safety, and production goals.
Machine vision and barcode reading solutions help automotive manufacturers improve product quality and control traceability of components and final assemblies. Manufacturers can automate inspections, gauge critical dimensions, locate parts, and verify that properly assembled components. In addition, safety system inspections and traceability minimise the chance of part recalls.
Manufacturers use our vision technology to ensure that parts are assembled correctly, conform to strict tolerances, and trace throughout the supply chain.
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