Smart plastic welding
The new Panasonic laser welding system for plastics with its unique optical fiber technology realizes high quality and precision plastic joinings. The digital galvano scanner integrated in the laser head and the nearly parallel laser beam allow the welding of different component geometries. For further information on the laser welding process, please see our current news. For information on further product highlights of the VL-W1, please click here.More pictures
Product and package labeling for traceability of medical and pharmaceutical products
A product, respectively the primary packaging, has to be uniquely identifiable from the manufacturing process to the medication.More pictures
Laser marking in high quality
We have been leaders in innovation for Laser Marking Systems for more than 20 years. Our customers know: Panasonic is synonymous with innovation, reliability and quality. The numerous products we have developed for a wide variety of applications are complemented by first-class service and expert customer support.More pictures
Precision through innovation
Even complex shapes can be marked with extremely high precision using the 3D function. 3D axis control ensures a constant laser beam diameter across the entire marking area. This makes it possible to perform high-quality markings even on peripheral areas of 3D objects.More pictures
All-rounder for high-demand applications
With the Panasonic fiber laser marker, it is possible to make permanent, accurate markings on the most varied materials. A long service life without additional costs for consumables (e.g. for ink) makes the fiber laser marker an attractive marking system.More pictures
Broad, highly diverse range
Panasonic has a broad product range comprising many different kinds of fiber laser markers and CO2 Laser Marking Systems. Thanks to the wide variety of products, our expert team can develop customer-specific marking solutions for any number of applications and industries. All Panasonic Laser Marking Systems are complemented by an extensive range of accessories designed to work perfectly with our systems.More pictures
Our fiber laser markers and CO2 Laser Marking Systems are able to handle almost every type of marking application for numerous different materials, and are extremely precise.
Our laser welding system with its unique Panasonic fiber laser technology realizes clean and precise plastic welded joints.
The workstation is used as a standalone system for small-batch and individual production runs. The associated protective housing can also be custom-configured.
From a touch panel to protective goggles: Our range of accessories offers a total package to facilitate safe use of Panasonic’s Laser Marking Systems.
Outstanding service is a matter of course for us. It starts by providing first-class advice and extends to global spare part supply.
In addition, the nature and complexity of the material determine which laser system to use. Panasonic’s experts will provide you with the perfect solution in each case. Whether on resin, metal, glass, ceramic, wood, textiles or leather: Finding the best Laser Marking System and the proper procedure is one of our strengths.
Organic materials require special solutions in order to provide them with permanent markings with clear contours. Our experts develop Laser Marking Systems that perfectly address this requirement. Systems whose intensity can be controlled so as to keep heat generation within the desired limits.
Really good service never ends:
This goes without saying for the Panasonic service team.
We use eight steps to help us reach that goal. The service offered by Panasonic is characterized by its high quality. Our customers benefit from a service network spanning the globe and from the intensive support provided by highly experienced experts. If you require assistance or are looking for a specific contact at Panasonic: Our contact form leads you to an expert reply. We are always happy to help, and will do so as quickly as possible, also via telephone: +49 (0) 89 45354-2251.
This marking method removes layers of material and makes depressions in the surface. Due to the very high power density of the laser radiation, local vaporization or melt expulsion occurs. Even very hard metallic materials or ceramics can be marked permanently with this marking method. The depression depth can be controlled via processing parameters. Engravings are not subject to wear and tear. For this reason, the method is commonly used for parts subject to abrasion or during anticorrosive treatments of coated parts.
Metals like stainless steels or titanium are locally heated by the laser, which results in changes to the microstructure and the creation of an oxide layer. These two factors generate a colored marking. Depending on the temperature and thickness of the oxide layer, this method creates different colors like yellow, green, red, blue and even black. Black marking achieves the highest contrast, is not subject to wear and tear, and the surface remains absolutely smooth since no material is removed. This marking method is always used where the surface must not be damaged, i. e. for surgical instruments, ball bearings, and hydraulic cylinders.
The marking method of foaming is only possible with certain synthetic materials. The laser beam locally melts the synthetic material and due to the vaporization of the carbons and additives, small gas bubbles are formed which foam up the synthetic material. The cooling rate is sufficiently high to firmly enclose the bubbles. This way, a raised marking is produced. The incident light is diffusely reflected in this "foam" and the marking appears bright and with high contrasts on dark resins.
This marking method acts as an indirect marking of coated materials, i. e. anodized aluminum, laser marking films, and painted base materials. The laser beam removes the already applied covering layers by vaporization and the base materials become visible again, which leads to the marking effect. This marking method is frequently used in applications of the automotive industry to produce a day/night design of dashboards : through the removal of the layers of varnish the user symbols are applied on backlit, translucent resins. Another application is the marking of laser marking films to create self-adhesive labels. During this process, the laser beam cannot only be used for marking, but also for cutting the film.
All the chapters of the success story
We trace our lineage all the way back to 1918 with pride. Konosuke Matsushita was far ahead of his time when he founded Matsushita Electric Works. His innovative spirit gave rise to constant developments. Panasonic's successful introduction of Laser Markers has many exciting chapters.LEARN ALL
The Panasonic fiber laser fulfills the requirements of the new generation of laser welding scenarios revolutionizing the welding of plastic components.
With the help of technology from Panasonic it is possible to weld high-performance plastics to produce components capable of substituting metal parts in the automotive and electronic industries. Substituting materials and using the Panasonic laser will lead to lower production costs for your components. We will gladly inform you about the benefits in detail.
How does the laser welding process work?
Plastic layers can be welded together by laser emission and heat build-up at the adjacent surfaces without the need for adhesives. The laser beam passes through the laser transparent (upper) material and then is absorbed by the laser absorbing (lower) material.
The laser-absorbing material heats up and melts together with the laser-transparent material by heat transmission. During welding, a joining pressure adapted to the needs of the workpiece supports a precise junction of the plastic components.
Which advantages does laser welding offer?
Laser welding is a clean and precise process in which the plastic components can be joined without visible welding seams. The individual process steps can be monitored and documented completely and are therefore useful for the quality control.
During the laser welding process, the workpieces do not rub against each other as normally in other welding processes. This means that no wear particles are produced, which subsequently could influence the part properties in a negative way. Furthermore, during laser welding the joining parts can be connected without any additional materials such as adhesives or bonding sheets.
The laser welding process is especially suited if the inner electronic parts of a component have to be protected against dust and humidity.
Highlights of the Panasonic VL-W1
The new VL-W1 laser welding system is based on the unique optical fiber technology of Panasonic. The technology has been adapted from the tested and proven Panasonic laser marking systems and has been adapted for the welding of plastics. This technology
realizes a parallel laser beam with minimal beam widening. This allows working on different planes and enables a precise laser beam emission even very close to the edge of parts, which may encourage manufacturers to look for possible savings even in the part design.
The new Panasonic laser welding system offers many other highlights facilitating the welding process. Please find a summary of all highlights on the product page of the VL-W1.
Service - We offer support from the product idea to the serial production
Customer service is especially important for Panasonic. We offer helpful support for all your questions and problems regarding plastic welding - from the product idea to the serial production.
It is increasingly common that manufacturers use 2D codes like Data Matrix codes for tracing products. 2D codes can store a large amount of data and offer higher flexibility when it comes to positioning them somewhere on the product. Many industrial sectors have created quality standards and exact specifications for the 2D codes to be used. Laser markers from Panasonic mark your products reliably and flawlessly with such codes.
Direct part marking (DPM)
An additional highlight is the fact that DPM codes can be read, too. Direct Part Marking (DPM) ensures the traceability of a product over its complete life cycle. All important data from the serial number to the production date are no longer printed on a base material (e.g. a white label), but are directly marked on the product itself. This is where the Laser Markers from Panasonic enter the stage. They create the basis and means for permanent marking and reliable product identification even under the most difficult of conditions. Panasonic offers two different laser technologies – CO2 and fiber lasers (FAYb - Fiber Amplified Ytterbium). For more information please see www.laser.panasonic.eu.
Once the product has been labeled with the high-quality mark, it is possible to read the DPM code. For this purpose Panasonic has developed the new 2D Code Reader from the LP-ABR10 series – together with the Laser Marker this is an all-in-one system.
High-performance 2D Code Reader LP-ABR10 for Industry 4.0 applications
The 2D Code Reader for DPM also supports the customization of machines in Industry 4.0 because it can be mounted independently from the laser marker system. If a 2D code has been marked on the product, the 2D Code Reader LP-ABR10 can be used to read, verify, and store the code in a global database.
For more highlights and features of the 2D Code Reader please refer to New LP-ABR10.
Laser Marking & Code Reading
The combination of Direct Part Marking with subsequent reading verification, and saving of bar code information enables perfect compliance with quality and safety standards. The Panasonic Laser Markers and the Panasonic 2D Code Reader LP-ABR10 ensure the uniqueness of codes and a real-time monitoring of quality.
It will not be enough to mark labels and packagings because also the reusable products of class II and class III need to have a UDI-compliant direct marking. An unreadable marking can have severe consequences either for the patient or for the manufacturer.
Why is a product verification necessary?
The verification of medical products includes a comparison of the product data on the packaging with a corresponding database entry. The following checks are performed:
- Does the record exist and does it match the data on the packaging (protection against product forgery)
- Has the record been marked as already “prescribed”
- Does the record contain warnings (i. e. call backs)
A product, respectively the primary packaging, has to be uniquely identifiable from the manufacturing process to the medication.
These challenges can be mastered with a precise and durable laser marking. Since 2009 the Panasonic Laser Marking Systems have been proving themselves through their excellent quality and high speeds not only in Europa, but also and especially in Japan. In the Japanese pharmaceutical industry, already 9 out of 10 customers rely on the excellent quality and high speeds of the Panasonic Laser Marking Systems.
Securing an optimum marking process
Why is product marking particularly effective with laser?
The laser radiation of a Panasonic Laser Marking System is a very precise and clean tool. You can use it for the different material types of the pharmaceutical industry: it is suited for the marking on glass containers, ampoules, syringes, outer carton package, blister packages, resin coverages and aluminum packagings.
All relevant information such as manufacturing date, batch number, expiry date, and many other variables can be applied on many different kinds of material with continuous quality. For the product marking no masks, print forms and cutting tools are necessary. The information to be marked is transferred directly from a computer-based system to the Laser Marking System. This way, the real time data of products can be marked quickly and flexibly.
The whole product information can be encrypted and marked also in the form of a bar code (e.g. QR Code, Data Matrix, GS1-RSS, CODE 128) and hence are identifiable only by the original manufacturer.
A suitable Laser Marking System for every medical product
CO2 laser for cartons and outer packages or fiber laser for plastic covers, vial caps and medical instruments?
The laser marking fulfills all basic hygienic prerequisites of the medical technology. Surfaces of medical instruments can be marked free from burrs, grooves and material residues.
Glass marking - an innovative solution of Panasonic & tesa
The patented LTF-C technology (laser transfer film contrast) is perfectly suited for glass marking. A very legible and high-contrast glass marking can be realized.
For medical manufacturers: Primary glass packagings like syringes, vial caps, ampoules, or cartridges can be marked properly and permanently with the LTF-C technology. Besides an extraordinary readability and a high graphic resolution even with smallest markings, the LTF-C technology offers a very high mechanical durability. In this process the glass neither is affected by UV light nor by chemicals and cleaning processes.
Advantages of LTCF technology:
- 100% tracking of primary packaging
- excellent legibility
- individual marking
- can be read by machine
- glass integrity not compromised
- temperature resistant up to 1000°C
- impervious to UV radiation
- chemical & mechanical durability
Your challenges are...
- Legal requirements – customers and legislators demand transparency with respect to complete traceability.
- Permanent product labeling – medical products and outer packages have to be marked in a durable, temperature and acid resistant way and must not be removed by mechanical abrasion or exposure to chemicals, i. e. during a sterilization process.
- Protection against plagiarism – Manufacturers protect themselves against plagiarism in nearly all product areas through unique and difficult to imitate markings.
- Free of charge feasibility study - if you are interested please fill in our feasibility study inquiry and send us a product sample. The examination takes place immediately and is done by our experts with experience of many years and highest care.
- Expedient consulting: - You get the result of our test markings and a recommendation for the appropriate Laser Marking System.
- Reliable products - Our Laser Marking Systems are subject to strongest quality tests since we want to fulfill the expected Panasonic quality.
- Excellent service - You can contact our worldwide service team at any time to ensure a seamless production chain.
Our philosophy: “Our business focuses on the added value for our customers“
Work on roofs and special installation works are among the jobs susceptible to the greatest risk of falling. The risk of falling is the critical factor when working on roofs. Wearing personal protective equipment is indispensable in this regard, and is prescribed by law. Fall protection equipment must be properly inspected on a regular basis by specialized personnel. For large-scale protection systems, however, such inspections can be very laborious.
Unique identification through laser marking
If defects are identified, the attachment points in question must be uniquely identified and documented. Thanks to the laser marking of individual serial numbers on lifting eyes and other ABS Safety GmbH products, unique identification no longer poses a problem. The markings significantly facilitate the documentation of installation and testing.
The company uses a Panasonic LP-Z series Laser Marking System to do so. The reason this laser is so well-suited to the task is that it is equipped with 3D functionality, making it suitable for the wide variety and complex designs of ABS products. Markings are applied to the product using the black marking method, remaining legible permanently.
“Panasonic is our first choice not only because of the very high quality and high technical standards, but also because it is easy to get in touch with the technicians (direct contact, not a hotline), and of course we are also very impressed by the outstanding advice offered by the field personnel," says Kai Brendel, Purchasing Manager at ABS Safety GmbH.
Panasonic provides Laser Marking Systems for numerous applications, and is synonymous with outstanding quality and reliable service.
Our products provide a range of clinical and economic benefits, including infection prevention, protection of at-risk skin, improved patient outcomes and reduced total cost of care.
With over 8,000 employees and 11manufacturing sites in 8 countries, we rely on trusted global suppliers to help us meet the needs of our customers in more than 100 countries.
Panasonic is a strategic partner to ConvaTec. For seven years, Panasonic’s Laser Systems have helped us manufacture high quality ostomy pouching systems that support people living life with a stoma – with 100% reliability.
With Panasonic new laser technology, we were able to increase our productivity and reduce our maintenance costs at the same time.
Strategic Sourcing Manager, EMEA
There is a good reason STIHL deliberately chooses suppliers like Panasonic. The company has been investing in revolutionary technology and innovative ideas since the day it was founded. To this day, the STIHL brand is synonymous with quality and service worldwide. It imposes its customers' high expectations on its suppliers in turn.
Panasonic has now been working closely with STIHL for eight years. The company especially appreciates the quality and reliability of the product, as well as the outstanding service.
Ultimately, the quality and success of STIHL's products depend on the performance of the company's suppliers.
ALPEN-MAYKESTAG is held in the highest regard throughout the world as a manufacturer of drill bits, reamers, milling cutters and specialty tools. Hence it is all the more important for the company to be able to rely 100 percent on its suppliers and their products.
With over 300 employees, the company produces more than 35 million high-quality tools at multiple sites around Austria. The company is organized into two business segments: under the alpen brand, it manufactures precision tools used in trade and craft applications, while under its MAYKESTAG brand, it manufactures high-performance tools for industrial machining. In addition to the quality of its product range, the variety of products offered by the company is truly impressive.
For such a wide variety of products, ALPEN-MAYKESTAG needs a flexible system for product marking. Every drill bit, milling cutter and every specialty tool has to be provided with individual markings. With its LP-Z series marking laser, Panasonic meets all these requirements. Thanks to highlights like Z-axis control for flawless marking of complex components, and a large 330 x 330 mm marking field, this marking laser is able to cover a wide range of applications. Another highlight is its high output power, which reduces marking time and thereby improves ALPEN-MAYKESTAG's manufacturing efficiency.
As their supplier, ALPEN-MAYKESTAG's success inspires us to continue to refine our innovations and our service into the future, and to be the best partner we can.
This year, we present our laser marking systems for the first time at the fair “all about automation” in Hamburg. We welcome all visitors from the metropolitan region Hamburg & surrounding areas!
Experience our state-of-the-art 3D fiber laser LP-Z live in action on your product sample or enjoy your individually laser-marked gift at our booth.
From 25th to 26th of January 2017 our experts are at your disposal to answer your questions at our booth 301 in Hamburg-Schnelsen.
Get to know our unique laser technology and find out about other Panasonic products for sensor systems, programmable controllers and drive technology.
We are looking forward to your visit!
We introduce our future-oriented LP-Z Laser Marker with 3D marking functionality. See the laser marker live in action! Integrated into a rotary indexing table, it will demonstrate high productivity when marking your products.
Our experts will answer your questions on site. We will gladly send you a personalized fair ticket – please use our contact form.
There we will present our fiber laser technology. It covers marking applications for a great variety of materials and operates with high precision – discover the benefits for yourself and bring along your product sample for test marking!
We are looking forward to your visit and wish you a pleasant journey.
Global network and teamwork
Our experts are behind our global success. Panasonic Laser Marking Systems play a key role in numerous industries spanning every continent of the globe. Our team is complemented by numerous experienced partners who form part of our global network. Our customers benefit from the numerous synergies present within the Panasonic group of companies. They are also our partners, and each of their requests presents us with an exciting challenge.
Rapid decision-making paths, good advice and first-class service: Panasonic’s success team is happy to demonstrate the speed with which it responds and acts. We look forward to your inquiry and getting to know you. Our main contact details at a glance:
Panasonic Electric Works Europe AG
Robert-Koch-Strasse 100, 85521 Ottobrunn, Germany
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