HELPFUL MARKING TIPS SERIES: High Contrast Marking on Stainless Steel using Chemical Etching

High Contrast Marking on Stainless Steel using Chemical Etching

One of the most common materials to Electro-Chemically Etch is Stainless Steels. It’s used for so many products from Medial Appliances and Food Preparation Equipment to Pressure Vessels and Nuclear Hardware etc.
One of the things we are asked for most often is how to create a high contrast BLACK permanent image on Stainless. Well for a very long time it’s been quite easy to get a good high contrast marking on Stainless steel and there are many Electrolytic Solutions that can help you obtain these results. However, Millennium Signatures X4R-428 Electrolyte Solution is unique in this area. Unlike the brown coloured markings, you tend to get with other formulations, our X4R-428 Electrolyte delivers a Black result that has definitely impressed those who have long been searching for a better result in this area. This Electrolyte can be used with any of our Power Units or Electro-Chemical Marking Kits.
Commonly sold in 1-Litre Bottles
Also available in 5-Lite Containers. 
Contact the Part Marking Specialists at Millennium Signatures Marking Systems by phone at (905) 639-0909 or by e-mail at info@millenniumsignatures.com for more information. MSDS Documentation is available for all Electrolyte and Neutralizer Products
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THE SAFE USE OF LASERS

ANSI Specification Z136.1

Millennium Signatures Marking Systems Inc., has specialized in providing Turn-Key Galvo Driven Laser Marking Technology, Systems and Services since 1990.
With extensive knowledge of the various configurations including the two (2) most common being a CDRH Class I designated system designs or a CDRH Class IV designated system designs, the Part Marking Specialists on staff at Millennium Signatures Marking Systems are happy to consult with you or your Safety committee on the various options to consider when buying a Laser Product and how to remain fully compliant with Safe Operating Recommendations when working with Lasers.
Probably the best publication to use when creating a Laser Safety Policy within your company would be the ANSI Z136.1 “The Safe Use of Lasers” publication as issued by The American National Laser Institute. For the past few decades, this has been the bible of people who design, build, and use Laser Products in North America and beyond.
Please feel free to contact our Technical Staff if we can assist you with getting a copy of the publication or answer any questions that your company may have.
We can be reached by phone at (905) 639-0909 or by e-mail at info@millenniumsignatures.com
Facilities located in Buffalo NY, USA and Burlington ON, Canada.

MACHINE-READABLE CODES

Did you know that the Marksman Computerized Dot Peen Marking Technology from Millennium Signatures Marking Systems Inc. gives you the ability to mark your parts with 2D Barcodes, Military Spec UID Codes and QR Codes as well?

2 DIMENSIONAL CODES (2D)
Marking a 2D Code directly onto your part using our Computerized Dot Peen or Galvo Driven Laser Processes allows you to enter data such as work order #’s, Part #’s Lot #’s, Date Codes, pretty much any data at all into the system and have it automatically convert that data into square code that our equipment will allow you to permanently mark onto your parts. This code can be scanned using just about any of today’s readily available scanning technology and even very reliably with free apps, you can download for your smartphone cameras. This eliminates the concerns for labels coming off and potentially losing track of what revision of part you actually hold in your hand. It will always be there and easily accessible. It makes it very easy to track and inventory parts and can be very helpful in communicating with processes as they travel through automated production lines. For example, you can have parts scanned as they go through a process and rejected if parts should somehow become mixed or parts that are a fail can be marked to permanently confirm such important details.

UID CODES
UID Codes are a unique format of this 2Dimensional (2D Code) Technology that has been designed by the Military for their products and is often expected of manufacturers who are bidding to get such contracts that they will have the capability to mark the parts they would produce using this unique 2D Symbology.

QR CODES
QR Codes can be equally powerful, perhaps even more so in many ways. 
A QR Code is essentially a Hyperlink to a URL Address or File. For example, if you host your QR Code with Millennium Signatures or even through other sources, you can permanently print a small square code onto your part that will remain there long after any sticker, plate or other methods of marking would be lost due to any one of several variable elements of conditions. 
When scanning this code, it can immediately pull up a website or take you to a drawing or a document such as an entire manual potentially hundreds of pages of content if need be. There is really no limitations.
As long as that code is being hosted, the scanning of the code can instantly link anyone it’s a Barcode Scanner or Smartphone with a wealth of information about that part or product and it’s all controlled by you.
This information could even be changed after the mark is made potentially. Allow us to explain…..

POSSIBLE SCENARIOS
You build an assembly for Natural Gas Furnaces and there is some information such as exploded parts view, parts number listing and some installation and safety guidelines you always want available to your client. 
This means when it’s NEW out of the box of when being pulled out of a 20-year-old Furnace under repair. You completely control what information is instantly (almost magically) provides to your customer when scanned. 
However….. 4 years after production of this part, it is determined that there is a defect in the parts from manufacture or there is some reason to recall the parts. It is possible to redirect where the link that code represents a different destination or a REVISED or UPDATED destination or document. For example, a technician in the field could now remove this part and scan it with his cell phone only to learn immediately that there is a recall notice out on that part and instructions on what to do about it as a result. It is incredibly powerful if you know how to use it to its full potential.

Both Millennium Signatures Galvo Driven Laser Etching / Engraving Technologies and our Marksman Series Computerized Dot Peen (Impact Stamping) process’ can provide such markings. The beautiful thing about these Codes is not only are they so easy to create and apply to the part, they are also very permanent. If you pull a dirty, greasy part of a piece of equipment, just give it a wipe off or a scuff with a Scotch Brite Abrasive Pad or something similar and give it a scan. It’s permanently on the surface of the metal, plastic, porcelain or almost any material and will almost always produce for you when needed.

For more information on these Marking Technologies and the Systems we sell allowing you to put these markings on your parts, contact our Part Marking Specialists at Millennium Signatures Marking Systems Inc. 
We have facilities in Buffalo NY, USA and Burlington ON, Canada and we are currently in the process of establishing facilities in Mexico.

Main line for inquiries
Tel: (905) 639-0909

E-mail Inquiries:
info@millenniumsignatures.com

Head Office Hours:
Monday through Friday
8:30am – 4:30pm (Eastern Standard Time)

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ELECTRIC ETCH & SCRIBE MARKING SYSTEMS – Ideal for hardened metals (Stressless)

Electric Etch Marking Systems
Electric Etch Scratch/Scribe Marking Technology is fast easy and 100% Stressless.  Also works on any hardness of metal!

ELECTRIC ETCH MARKING TOOLS
If you’re looking to Scribe on hardened metals or carbide, Millennium Signatures has a line of Electric Etch Tools that make the job easy and provide great results.
Contact our Technical Sales Team at (905) 639-0909 or e-mail us at info@millenniumsignatures.com

Facilities in Burlington, Ontario and Buffalo, New York.

The MS-990 AIR VIBRO ETCHING TOOL – Hand Held Pneumatic Pen designed for quiet, easy use when marking metals and plastics

MS-990 Air Vibro Etch Tool
MS-990 Air Vibro Etch Tool Ideal for permanent scribing on even hardened steels and plastics

AIR VIBRO ETCH MARKING PEN used for a variety of industrial Part Marking applications.
Since 1984 when we first launched the MS-990 Air Vibro Pen we have received incredible reviews from clients around the world who claim they have never found anything that compares. We have even offered other Pneumatic Scribing Pens and nothing has come close to the comfort, precision and

For all your Etching and Scribing needs, contact the Technical Sales Team at Millennium Signatures Marking Systems for more detailed information and pricing.

IN STOCK at both our Burlington, Ontario and Buffalo, New York facilities.

PART MARKING SPECIALISTS – Bring your challenging marking applications to us! SYSTEM SALES and PART MARKING SERVICES Available

Challenging Part Marking Applications
Incredible Service / Fast Turn-around. Bring us your challenging Part Marking Applications!

CHALLENGING MARKING APPLICATION?

When you are faced with having to track a part and you need to get all the necessary information on the part, in the right location and have it clearly readable even after exposure to harsh environmental conditions and potentially many years into the future, Millennium Signatures Marking Systems are the specialists to consult.

With over 55 years experience in the Part Marking and Product Identification business, Millennium Signatures has a highly skilled team of Application Technicians who can take your part and learn your requirements and quickly recommend the best technology to use to accomplish this goal!

We have a very advanced Applications Lab equipped with everything from Hand-Held Air Vibro Etching Pens, Electro-Chemical Etching, Pad Printing, Scratch Marking Devices, TYKMA Electrox Galvo Driven Laser Marking Technology and our Marksman Series Computerized Dot Peen Marking Systems among others, which will allow us to confirm the results on your parts and offer live demonstrations of the solutions we offer.

Millennium Signatures holds a large inventory of Equipment, Accessories and Supplies in stock at both our Burlington, Ontario Canada and Buffalo, New York USA facilities so that in most cases we can get you what you need very quickly!

Contact our Technical Sales Team today for more information on the dynamic range of products and services Millennium Signatures can assist your operation with today!

Reach us at:
T: (905) 639-0909
E: info@millenniumsignatures.com

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VISIT MILLENNIUM SIGNATURES MARKING SYSTEMS AT IMTS 2016 IN CHICAGO!

Millennium Signatures Technicians

Millennium Signatures will be at the IMTS Show at the McCormick Place facilities in Chicago this September 12th through 17th representing our Marksman Series Dot Peen Marking Products and our TYKMA Electrox Galvo Laser Marking Systems line.

If you are interested in seeing the latest products from either of these exciting lines, it’s encouraged that you contact our offices before the show and we will make sure to schedule a time to meet with you one-on-one to view the product(s) you’re interested in seeing and get you the answers you looking for.
Jeff Guenther along with Vjeko Luburic (Technical Sales) will be transversing between our two booths at the show and do not want to miss the opportunity to meet with you.

Millennium Signatures suppliers of:

  • Electro-Chemical Etching Equipment, Accessories & Supplies
  • Galvo Driven Laser Marking Systems & Automated Integrations
  • Air Vibro Engraving Pens
  • Industrial Marking Inks & Solvents
  • Computerized Dot Peen Markers
  • Custom Cut Stencils – All materials
  • Custom Part Marking Services
  • Custom Engraved Steel Stamps
  • Circumferential Marking Solutions
  • Linear & 2D Barcoding Systems
  • 2D and 3D Engraving
  • Pad Printing Services
  • Custom Rubber Stamps

Give us a call (905) 639-0909 or e-mail us at info@millenniumsignatures.com and let us know you plan to attend. We look forward to seeing you there.

 

26 YEARS AS A PRODUCT IDENTIFICATION & TRACEABILITY SPECIALIST

It’s been 26 Years!
Saturday August 6th marked the start of my 27th year in business as a specialists in Product Identification and Traceability. Starting with the base of all those processes once popular such as Custom Engraved Steel Stamps and Dies, Roll Marking, Numbering Heads, Direct and Offset Printing Technologies and the tried and true Electro-Chemical Etching process, I went on the work with the development of today’s staple product traceability processes including Computerized Dot Peen Marking Systems (which I first started working with back in 1987), Various NEW Nameplate and Custom Label Technologies, Barcode Technologies including Linear, 2D, QR and UID Codes and an extra special emphasis on Galvo Driven Laser Marking Equipment, Applications and Integration.

Over this past 26 Years, my team and I have implemented product marking and traceability solutions for an incredibly diverse range of applications around the world including everything from Medical /Surgical (Instrument & Implant) applications, to Food Processing, Automotive, Aerospace, Nuclear, Oil & Gas Exploration, Weapons Manufacturing and hundreds upon hundreds of unique specialty manufacturing applications which do not easily fit into any typical product designation.

Today, Millennium Signatures Marking Systems has a dynamic range of products and services designed to support the cutting edge technology of today’s Manufacturing Environment while still fully supporting the older tried and true processes of days past. In addition to our years of experience, application testing and integration capabilities we also provide the following services today:

Our full range of services include:

  • In-house artwork department and photo studio, working on both PC and MAC based platforms
  • Application Testing Facilities
  • Machine Readable Code Generation and Verification
  • Our Custom Inks Division provided very high quality Marking Inks used for virtually any type of in based Marking Application including high volume in-line marking requirements
  • Custom Marking Services uses all of the various products we sell combined with over 60 Years experience to provide the highest quality part marking results on your parts to your exact specifications for you with fast, efficient turn-around times.
  • Laser Marking System Repairs

Our full range of products include:

  • Laser Marking Systems

Chemical Etching Systems and Supplies including:

  • Electrolytes
  • Neutralizers
  • Stencil Papers
  • Stencil Imprinters
  • Marking Electrodes
  • Rust Protective Oils
  • Dot Peen Marking Systems and Accessories
  • Custom Formulated Marking Inks
  • Pad Printing Services
  • Custom Cut Stencils ( All materials)
  • Custom Nameplates & Poly Labels
  • Hand Held Vibro Marking Tools
  • Electric (Arc) Stressless Etching Systems & Accessories
  • Custom Engraved Hand Stamps and Steel Dies, Roll Dies, Steel Character Type (Inserts)
  • and more…

Thank-you to all the companies around the world that we deal with daily who have brought us their applications, challenged us with their unique requirements and allowed us to implement solutions for them. We owe all of our success to you!

We look forward to continuing our support of your applications in the years to come.

Thanks again!

Sincerely,
Jeff A. Guenther
President / Owner
Millennium Signatures Marking Systems Inc.

T: (905) 639-0909
E: info@millenniumsignatures.com

WE INVITE YOU TO COME VISIT OUR FACILITY!

1550 Yorkton Court Facility

Unit #12 located at 1550 Yorkton Court – Burlington, Ontario CANADA L7P 5B7

Its been a year already since we moved into our NEW Burlington Facility at 1550 Yorkton Court. This is a great facility that gives adequate room for holding a larger inventory and providing in-house diagnostic & repair services.  We also have ample room for processing sample parts with any of our various Marking Technologies.  We also have a show room that gives you the ability see all of the actual equipment and view hundreds of samples from past projects to fully understand the scope of capabilities associated with each technology.
If you are looking to implement a new product identification process and you are able to visit our Burlington, Ontario facility we encourage you to give us a call and schedule a visit.  Many of our Custom Part Marking Services are also processed at this facility also.

Millennium Signatures Marking Systems Inc., specializes in helping the manufacturing industry obtain better identification on almost any product using one of the following products and/or processes:

  • Steel Stamps & Individual Character Inserts
  • Custom Engraved Steel Stamping Dies
  • Holders, Tooling & Fixturing
  • Stamping Presses
  • Custom Hand Stamps & ID Punches
  • Marking Inks (Industrial & Aerospace Grade)
  • Manual Electric Etching Systems
  • Manual Air Vibro Etching Pens
  • CNC Scribe (Scratch) Marking Technology
  • Computerized Dot Peen (CNC) Stamping Systems
  • Electro-Chemical Etching Equipment, Accessories & Supplies
  • VIN Etch Stencils for Acid Etching on Glass
  • Custom made Metal Signs & Nameplates
  • Custom Part Marking Services
  • Custom Cut Stencils in a variety of materials
  • Laser Marking Systems, Accessories & Services
  • On-site Laser System Training & Repair
  • Laser Sintering Services

For additional information or call our offices at (905) 639-0909 or e-mail info@millenniumsignatures.com to have a member of our technical team assist you with your product inquiry.

THANK-YOU FOR 25 YEARS!

August 6th, 2015

It was 25 years ago today. I started out assisting in the effort to familiarize the manufacturing sector with the incredible capabilities of Galvo Driven Nd:YAG Lamp Pumped Laser Technology for Industrial Part Marking Applications. I custom integrated 50, 75, 100 and even 150-Watt Lasers into various different manufacturing environments one by one under the Canadian Laser Technologies label. 25 Years later the company has grown to become Millennium Signatures Marking Systems Inc., a full service company specializing in Product Identification & Traceability Systems and Services. Today we offer a diverse range of products which still include the latest in Fibre Laser Marking Technology surrounded by several other technologies including:

  • Electro-Chemical Etching
  • Computerized Dot Peen Marking
  • Electric Etch/Scribe
  • Vibro Etch

plus a range of Products & Services such as specialty Marking Inks, custom made Signs, Nameplates and Labels. we have unique services such as our Laser Sintering process and our Custom Parts Marking Services facility. Its hard to believe its been 25 years, but its a great feeling to look back at the growth of the various technologies and reflect upon the thousands of applications we have had a hand in developing. Over the past 25 years we have supplied solutions to assist in the manufacturing process of Aircraft Components, Parts for Nuclear Power Production, Medical & Surgical Instruments and hundreds upon hundreds of unique and interesting custom projects up to and including signage for high-end Fashion Designers and even Hollywood Movie props.

To all of our customers, old and new we thank-you for your support and the opportunity to work on new products and processes with you.