Laser marking ball bearings

with a laser marker from JustLaser

Marking a ball bearing with a laser

No car, aircraft, ship or refrigerator is without them – rolling bearings and ball bearings are indispensable, particularly in drive engineering and as machine elements. As it must be possible to trace them for safety reasons, they are furnished with resilient product labels or codes. The laser engraving process has proven itself to be a very efficient process for giving components permanent and abrasion-resistant engravings.

If you want to mark ball bearings with a laser, go for the effective laser machines from JustLaser! They are suitable for processing almost any surface – whether it’s made from alloys or hard or soft metals. Engrave ceramic, stainless steel and other materials quickly and precisely – for both individual and mass production.

How does a ball bearing work?

The design and function of a rolling bearing are extremely simple: rolling bodies in between two thrust rings or bearing rings ensure the reduction of frictional resistance. They are often used for fixing shafts or axles and are used wherever something needs to turn smoothly. They are usually used in drive engineering – in turbines, ship’s propellers, motors, as well as in drills or medical devices – to guarantee that machines with rotary motion run smoothly and efficiently.

A ball bearing is a type rolling bearing in which the balls serve as rolling elements. They reduce frictional resistance, bear loads and position moving machine parts.

Why do ball bearings need to be labelled?

Partial labelling for the purposes of identification and traceability is now compulsory for safety reasons in a number of industries. Having your ball bearings marked with a laser has a number of benefits, especially if you need to guarantee the traceability of components. Laser marking is forgery-proof, permanent and is even resistant to mechanical and thermal stress. It is frequently used for the following functional inscriptions on ball bearings:

  • Codes for tracing
  • Company name or logo to protect against forgery
  • Product information and functional inscriptions such as size, type or production date
  • Serial numbers, batch numbers, production codes, etc.

Which materials can be labelled using a laser?

It doesn’t matter which material ball bearings needing to be marked are made from – the modern laser marker from JustLaser can produce permanent, precise and forgery-proof marks on almost any surface:

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Permanent Laser Marking

As components like rolling bearings have enormous forces exerted upon them and are exposed to heavy loads, you should mark ball bearings using a laser. Permanent and precise laser marking is the ideal option, especially if components need to be traceable for reasons of quality assurance. Various methods are used for marking ball bearings with a laser beam depending on the material:

  • Laser engraving

In laser engraving, a material is vaporised using a laser, causing a recess to emerge, which can only be removed through a lot of sanding. 

  • Annealing marking

Annealing marking is suitable for metals that change colour under the influence of oxygen and heat. As no material is removed, this process leaves the surface entirely unscathed.

  • Selective removal

The laser machines from JustLaser can be used to selectively remove the top layers from lacquered materials, resulting in a coloured inscription. The base material remains unaffected.

Die Vorteile der JustLaser Laserbeschrifter

The modern laser marker from JustLaser wins people over in two ways: low purchasing and set-up costs meet simple operation and quick cycle times, resulting in particularly high economic efficiency. Investing in a JustLaser Laser Marker pays off! We’ll be happy to calculate your return on investment (RoI). Don’t hesitate to contact us! Flexibility, resilience and cost-efficiency – marking ball bearings with a laser marker offers a number of benefits:

  • High precision: thanks to maximum precision and high contrast, even the finest lines and smallest markings with fine line widths can be produced accurately and precisely.
  • Flexible: the laser process can flexibly adjust to a wide variety of component shapes and can be used on almost any material.
  • Gentle: as lasers operate without touching anything, meaning components don’t need to be fixed in place as a result, this method is particularly gentle. No post-processing is necessary.
  • Permanent: laser markings are not sensitive to high thermal or mechanical stress, acid, petrol or oil.
  • Cheap: as lasers operate without touching anything, there is no tool wear, meaning quality is consistently high. In addition, no costs are incurred for consumable materials or maintenance. The laser machines from JustLaser are cost-efficient for both individual and serial production and can be automated easily.

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