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Laser and materials technology for flexible decoration in mass production
Author(s): Frits Wittgrefe; R. van Kooyk; S. Wadman; Johan Bosman
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Paper Abstract

Customization of products is an important factor in selling products. This will lead to an increasing number of types in the production. To control this, a flexible way of decoration should be integrated in the production. Without a flexible and high yield mass customization method, the integration of customization in a mass production cannot be achieved. Laser decoration is one of the possible techniques that is able to meet the demands for flexibility and high yield. There are already some methods available, but the combination of quality with price is, at the moment, an obstacle. Laser decoration is the only technique which is already integrated into a mass production environment and is able to join decorative marking with high yield and low costs. Color flexibility is, however, still a major challenge for laser decoration. In order to expand towards a more mature technique and to explain the necessary developments, we would like to focus on the process. The process is a combination of laser technology, material technology and software (decoration, engraving, marking, tunable lasers, multi color, process control).

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 August 1997
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 3097, Lasers in Material Processing, (18 August 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.281095
Show Author Affiliations
Frits Wittgrefe, Philips Ctr. for Manufacturing Technology (Netherlands)
R. van Kooyk, Philips Ctr. for Manufacturing Technology (Netherlands)
S. Wadman, Philips Ctr. for Manufacturing Technology (Netherlands)
Johan Bosman, Philips Ctr. for Manufacturing Technology (Netherlands)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3097:
Lasers in Material Processing
Leo H. J. F. Beckmann, Editor(s)

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