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Making a mark

New regulations on unique device identifiers for medical equipment and implants are being phased in by the US Food and Drug Administration, codes that are best marked with a laser, as Rachel Berkowitz finds out

HELP (Holistic Enhanced Laser Process)

Lasers are used in different ways for processing medical devices. Laser marking machines with integrated vision systems emerged as an effective means of identifying medical components, e.g. for marking UDI compliant codes.

Innovative laser technology has become the preferred solution for marking medical devices as it enables medical device manufacturers to overcome marking challenges.

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Information technologies like cloud computing and Internet of Things are bringing about big changes in manufacturing. Gemma Church looks at where laser systems will fit into these smart factories

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Matthew Dale asks what measures are needed to bring metal 3D printing into mainstream production

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Greg Blackman on the safety equipment for protecting against higher power and ultrafast lasers