InfoSight Corporation’s Custom Marking Equipment with Robotic Automation
InfoSight has been designing and building custom automated marking equipment for industrial applications for decades. In recent years, InfoSight has added robotic automation as an option for applications where space or cycle time is of utmost importance.
The marking technologies typically incorporated into automatic machinery include the InfoDent® 8400 Stamping System, Spray Marking Systems (including I-Dent® Marking System), Tagging Systems, and Direct Laser Marking Systems. InfoSight has integrated several of these as End of Art Tools (EOAT) on robots, as well as provided the marking head for others to utilize as an EOAT.
One of the earliest applications in which InfoSight utilized a robot was for end face painting of bars and pipes. In this instance, the system was designed to utilize 16 colors and nine (9) defined patterns to identify bars and pipes for further processing. Spray nozzles were mounted to the ends of eight (8) EOATs. The use of the robot in this application minimized both the footprint and cycle time for this complex system.
Since then, the use of robots for automated marking systems has expanded to include other spray marking systems like color banding for pipes, as well as stamping systems and direct marking. Recently, InfoSight mounted an InfoDent® 8400 stamping head as an EOAT to mark hot steel plates in up to six locations per cycle. Again, utilizing a robot decreased the footprint and cycle time of the machine, which was especially important to protect the marking equipment from the extremely high temperature environment.
The most recent application utilized a robot to directly laser mark the inside diameter of pipes. This included marking both the leading end and trailing end of pipes. The mark included a white patch; laser marking the white patch with 1D and 2 D barcodes, alphanumeric characters, and logos; and applying a clear protective coat to the mark. The process location of the marker was such that the ends of the pipes would not be presented to the marker. The marker needed to move in between pipes to access the ends. The use of a robot allows the marker to move into marking position, mark the trailing end of one pipe and the leading end of the next pipe in a single cycle.
InfoSight’s custom engineering group is proud to offer automated marking solutions in both traditional automation and robotic automation.