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Types of Marking


Marking provides legibility and permanency to text marks, layout lines, and weldment marking. Metal cutting machines can create lasting marks for traceability and more. The most common functions of a plate marking machine include engraving, etching, and surface marking.


Air Scribe

The Air Scribe uses a reciprocating pin to mark on materials such as mild steel, stainless steel, and aluminum. The marker can be used on any thickness, but is especially well suited for gage thickness.

The Air Scribe utilizes a v-groove slide with spherical bearings to provide a secure mounting and accurate, repeatable offsets to any cutting tool. The pneumatic cylinder motion control and the sleeve bearing mounting allow for soft motion during the placement of the tool on the material. This allows the air scribe to “float” as it marks.

  • Light weight with an air consumption of less than 1 CFM for economical operation.
  • High strength carbide-tipped point.
  • Easy to change marking tip.
  • Available on all machine models except for the MetalMaster 2.0 and SicoMat®.

Zinc Powder

The powder marking torch applies a line on the work-piece by melting zinc powder with the heating flame. The semi-permanent line produced by this process can be welded over without problems. The powder for the marker is contained in a storage reservoir on top of a specially designed torch.

When preheat oxygen is supplied to the specially directed ports, the powder spins and enters the stainless steel tube and travels to the plate, where the flame causes it to bond to the metal.

  • Produces lines approximately 1 mm wide at a rate equal to maximum machine traverse speed.
  • Can also be used to create alphanumeric text.
  • Avoids manual secondary operations by creating layout lines.
  • Zinc powder creates a silver line on mild steel.
  • Colored powder provides a high contrast line on stainless steel and aluminum.
  • Lines can be continuous or intermittent.
  • Each moisture protected 50 gram vial of powder produces over 1 km of lines.


The Ink-Jet provides fast and quiet alphanumeric labeling with printing in one direction of travel for a non-rotational unit or multi-directional with a rotating unit. In addition, it marks both line and contour marking for showing bend lines and feature locations. The enhanced version adds a rotation axis to allow text and lines to be oriented at any angle on the surface being marked.

The Inkjet marker uses a (7 dot) head to provide highly legible characters up to .98″ (25mm) tall at speeds up to 17 characters per second. The print head receives a text string from the part program and executes the printing commands in a single motion.

The plates are marked fast and silently, with no negative influences on the surface. With the single jet system, the marking speed for lines is 3-35 m/min. Multi-jet systems mark characters with 3-26 m/min.

  • Fast, quiet marking with no damage to the plate surface.
  • Maximum Marking Speed: Lines: 3-35 m/min, Text: 3-26 m/min with 7 x 5 dot matrix.
  • Maximum Marking Speed Single jet Lines: 3 – 26 m/min*.
  • Maximum Marking Speed Multi-jet Characters: 3 – 26 m/min* with 7 x 5 dot matrix and 27 mm high.
  • Dye-based ink MEK (Methyl Ethyl Ketone).
  • Will not wipe off with water.
  • Black ink only.
  • Dries in 3-5 seconds.
  • Character height available at .35″ (9mm), .47″ (12mm), .70″ (18mm), .94″ (24mm) or 1.603″ (27 mm) with multi-jet models.

Telesis® Pin Stamp

The Telesis® Pinstamp® uses a hardened pin and is pneumatically accelerated to indent dot matrix characters in the piece being marked. The shape, size density, and location of characters are determined by the Global Control. The marking head moves the pin cartridge through the X and Y-axis motion to reach the correct position for each dot of the character being marked. The Global Control automatically controls the pin extension and retraction to mark the message.

  • Marking still visible after painting or surface treatment.
  • Wet paint only, powder paint will typically completely cover the mark.
  • Text or line marking.
  • TMP3200 depth from .001″ to .010″ (.0245mm to .254mm).
  • TMP7000 depth from .001″ to .015″ (.0254mm to .381mm).
  • Marking time dependent on the required marking depth.
  • Automatic height sensing is included.