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A Quick Guide to Dot Peen Markers

Posted by Matt Martin

Dot peen marking, often referred to as pin stamp marking, is a direct part marking process used to mark alpha-numeric characters, logos, 2D data matrix bar codes and much more in precise, low-stress dot patterns.

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Topics: Dot Peen Marking, Portable Dot Peen, Benchtop Dot Peen, Integrated Dot Peen, Custom Dot Peen, Dot Peen System Fixtures

Using a Branding Iron: The 5 Things You Need to Know

Posted by Matt Martin

Branding is possibly the most practical and economical way to permanently mark almost any material other than metal or glass.

What are branding irons used for?

Fine furniture, timber and other woodcrafts are frequently branded to advertise a trademark, logo or manufacturer’s name or to “sign” or individualize a craftsman's work. Branding is also used to identify tools or equipment for personal or security purposes.

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Topics: Branding Irons and Branding Dies

How Do You Select an Impact Press?

Posted by Matt Martin

Impact presses are popular marking solutions because they are simple to set up, easy to operate, low maintenance, and offer excellent repeatability. Impact presses are also incredibly versatile, which is why you will find them everywhere from industrial factories to custom metalworking shops. In addition to marking, impact presses are also useful for assembly, stamping, forming, punching, staking and shearing applications.

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Topics: Impact Presses

Different Kinds of Marking Tools Explained

Posted by Matt Martin

In addition to the number of direct part marking machinery options that Durable offers, some direct part marking methods also require additional tooling. Some methods that do not require a marking machine also require tooling to achieve their marking results. Because of the prevalence of marking tooling, it is worth taking a look at some of the most common tooling.

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Topics: Marking Tools and Supplies

Quick Guide to the Most Popular Marking Methods

Posted by Matt Martin

From low volume artisan shops to high volume industrial settings, direct part marking is used to add aesthetic touches, makers marks, required information, bar codes, and more to a wide variety of substrates. Because of the diversity of application specifications and needs, there are many marking methods to choose from. We break down some of the most popular marking methods below, from less complicated options that are ideal for low volume requirements to more industrial methods for high volume applications.

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Topics: Marking Tools and Supplies

Quick Guide to Thermal Transfer Printing onto Flexible Packaging

Posted by Matt Martin

Typically used for printing dates, prices, lots, and bar codes on flexible packaging substrates, thermal transfer printers and ribbons are a versatile marking solution.

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Topics: Package Date Coding, Thermal Ribbons and Labels

Custom Hand Stamp Applications

Posted by Matt Martin

Custom hand stamps, as an affordable and long-lasting customization tool, have a long history of allowing makers from a huge variety of industries to make their mark. Over the years we’ve helped a lot of companies, artisans, and makers customize hand stamps so that they can make exactly the mark they want in exactly the place they want to make it. We thought it might be nice to show off some of these talented people and their amazing work.

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Topics: Craftsman and Artisan, Hand Stamps, Hand Held Marking Tools

Quick Guide to Portable Marking Machines

Posted by Matt Martin

Not every marking application can be accomplished on a manufacturing conveyor line. Often, materials and items are too large or bulky to be marked inline or require marking while in the field. Luckily, there are a number of high quality portable marking machines that can meet the challenges of in-field or on-the-fly marking.

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Topics: Portable Marking

Making a Blacksmith Touchmark

Posted by Matt Martin

A blacksmith's touchmark is the final detail that pulls a project together. A touchmark identifies the artisan who created the item, allows the end user to see a glimpse of the personality of the items creator, and is a way for a blacksmith to distinguish their work. So how are blacksmith touchmarks made?

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Topics: Craftsman and Artisan, Steel Stamps and Dies, Hand Stamps

Guide to Choosing Ink for Food Packaging

Posted by Matt Martin

Direct part marking food packaging often requires the marking tooling to have specific properties. Ink for food packaging, specifically, needs to meet a few key criteria. To understand what to look for in food packaging marking solutions, it is necessary to look at why we mark food packaging and the unique challenges inherent in this type of packaging.

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Topics: Food and Beverage, Ink Jet Fluids

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