Many times it is required by industry specifications or the nature of the part being marked that an applied mark be used. An applied mark is one that is permanently and directly applied to a different material and then that marked material is applied to the part that ultimately needs to be identified.
This could be a label, a metal tag, or a mil spec ink applied to some other part.
Reasons for using an applied mark include:
The marking requirements vary greatly across industries and regions so it is best to consider direct part marking requirements as a part of the design and product development process. Call us for more information.