September 20, 2018 / Press Release

Ensinger presents new laser markable engineering plastics

Components made from TECAFORM AH LM (POM-C) can be reliably marked

In the food-processing and pharmaceutical industries, the labelling of machine components with the aid of UV marking lasers is, in many places, standard practice. The plastics processor Ensinger has now expanded its portfolio to include a stock shape that can be labelled with a laser. The new product TECAFORM AH LM, a modified polyacetal copolymer (POM-C), permits particularly high-contrast laser markings on technical components and fulfills the stringent regulatory requirements of the food and pharmaceuticals sector (FDA, EU 10/2011).

Marking lasers are among the most reliable labeling systems. Laser labeling is permanent, fraud-proof and clearly legible. Unlike engraved surfaces, laser-marked parts are easy to clean, and in contrast to ink markings which can wear out over the product’s life cycle, there is also no contamination risk to foodstuffs or pharmaceutical products.

Available in white and grey

The material POM-C natural, which is widely used in industry, cannot be labelled using UV marking lasers, and therefore Ensinger has developed a compound with a special additive. Customized data such as text, numbers, graphics and codes facilitating traceability can be applied to the light-colored material, available in the colors “white” and “grey”, using serial production processes. Thanks to the high contrast, product markings using small fonts less than 1 mm high are also possible.

The mechanical characteristics and processing properties of the extruded products TECAFORM AH LM white and TECAFORM AH LM grey are similar to those of the well-known stock shape TECAFORM AH natural.

The new, laser-markable material TECAFORM AH LM white is available from stock at short notice in the form of sheets (dimensions 620 x 3000 mm, thickness 20, 40 and 60 mm) and rods (length 3 m, diameter 40 and 60 mm). The variant TECAFORM AH LM grey is produced by Ensinger on request.

About Ensinger

The Ensinger group is engaged in the development, manufacture and sale of compounds, semi-finished materials, profiles and technical parts made of engineering and high performance plastics through extrusion, machining and injection moulding. With a total of 2,400 employees at 33 locations, the family-owned enterprise is represented worldwide in all major industrial regions with manufacturing facilities or sales offices.

TECAFORM AH LM, a modified polyacetal copolymer (POM-C), permits particularly high-contrast laser markings on technical components. The material, available in the colours white and grey, fulfils the stringent requirements of the food and pharmaceutical industry. Source: Ensinger.

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