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Laser Engraving Fixture for Automatic Assembly Lines

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000040078D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-01

Publishing Venue

IBM

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Authors:
Ashcraft, G Gorman, RE Kozol, EJ Paul, RJ [+details]

Abstract

A technique is described whereby a laser engraver is incorporated into an assembly line fixture, so as to provide proper identification to production parts as the parts are processed along assembly line workstations. The fixture includes all required safety features and has the ability to easily change engraving nomenclature. In prior art, inking was used as the identification process of production parts. The inking procedure encompassed changing of a cliche, inking, cleaning and storing of ink cartridges, as required. The laser engraving fixture, described herein, eliminates the messy ink transfer method and storing requirements, while providing all radiation and other safety requirements, so as to attain high quality, high production nomenclature engraving.