Laser Engraving in the Medical Industry

Although the majority of us will be most familiar with the healthcare that we receive from the medical sector, there is a huge industry operating behind this with many competing businesses. The manufacturing of medical equipment and pharmaceuticals are two such examples.

Regardless of what is being produced, safety is at the forefront of the minds of all involved within this industry. There is a heavy reliance on efficient and high-quality processes, capable of delivering the results that are needed. Laser engraving is one such process.

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The engraving process plays an important role in the medical industry

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As we touched on above, there are many different areas that go into making up the medical industry. One of the biggest areas is health technology, which has naturally been developing in line with continued innovations in the rest of the technological world.

This sector specifically is constantly looking for new ways to develop better medical equipment that can diagnose and treat patients faster or help to streamline processes. And, of course, there is the pharmaceutical market, which is an industry in its own right. In 2014, it enjoyed global revenues of more than one trillion US dollars.

While the core offering of the medical industry remains the same, which is to treat patients, the way that this is being carried out continues to change. The industry continuously looks for new ways to deliver life-changing technology, such as bionic limbs, as one example.

With great innovations like this, or medical tools that continue to get smaller, it’s crucial that the processes used for manufacturing are reliable, efficient, and capable of working at potentially tiny measurements. This is where laser engraving comes in.

The use of laser engraving within this sector

It goes without saying that safety is a priority for all within the industry. There can be no room for error when it comes to the creation of any products involved. For this, only the highest quality processes are used. Of course, cost-effectiveness must be considered, but this quality can’t be sacrificed in order to achieve this.

Laser engraving delivers a cost-effective alternative while compromising nothing on the benefits that it delivers. Smooth and clearly visible engravings can be created that are easily readable by both man and machine. This is extremely important in the medical sector, as traceability is something that is widely used on items such as test tubes.

Other engravings may need to be made on products too, such as serial numbers, and it’s important that the quality of the rest of the equipment isn’t damaged in any way. As laser engraving is a non-contact process, there will be no adverse side-effects to the rest of the tool.

There are various tools and equipment that the process is used on

There are various tools and equipment that the process is used on

If these engravings are being made on medical equipment that will be used on patients, then it’s important that no harmful chemicals have been used during the manufacturing process. This is why laser engraving has replaced other more traditional processes such as ink jetting.

You’ll find that the items and equipment used within the medical sector can be made up of several materials, such as glass, plastic and metal. Alongside this, they may need to be worked with in more ways than one, such as having both markings and engravings.

Modern-day laser setups, such as those that use our pulsed fiber lasers, are perfect for switching between these various processes and materials efficiently, greatly reducing the costs for the user. Given this, and the continued innovations that we see in the industry, it is likely that we will see laser engraving used in many other ways within the sector.

Find out more about this process

Laser engraving has helped to transform the medical industry, as it delivers the high quality that patients require, but also the cost-effectiveness that businesses must think about too.

As well as having important life-saving contributions, laser engraving also makes contributions to other industries too such as the aerospace, automotive, semi-conductor and electronics industries.

If you have more questions about this process, how it works, or you want to find out more about other applications for it, then we would love to share our knowledge with you. You can get in contact with us here.

 

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