Modern Machine Shop
Columbia Marking Tools’ five-axis dot peen marking machine uses intelligent marking technology and magnetic levitation to control the placement of part numbers and multiple 2D matrix UID codes on aircraft and aerospace parts.
The company’s I-Mark marking software indents permanent UID 2D data matrix codes in standard dot peen, Mil Spec dot peen, aircraft dot peen and Square-Dot scribe UID. The digital software drives with embedded computer-controlled intelligent I/Os, which provide programming and diagnostic capabilities. The company’s Mach-10 series head assembly uses linear magnetic levitation motion to control the X and Y axes.
The stand-alone, five-axis marking machine features a steel base and flexible overhead vertical column. The computer and controls are mounted in the machine base, and the software drive is in a separate panel attached to the outside of the base. The column, or Z axis, contains a servo-driven ballscrew to move the marking assembly up and down and uses all-direction tapered needle bearings for added side-to-side, up and down, and angular load and strength.