Marking medical technology with a laser is very important as it can be used to ensure the traceability of medical and surgical instruments (e.g. instruments for operations), as well as hearing aids, pacemakers, dental drills, titanium bone screws, technical ceramics and implants. Shape, size (e.g. micro-inscriptions, data matrix codes, etc.) and content may vary. The results are produced by changing the colour of the material and ensure the corrosion-free inscription of the medical instrument. Laser cutting is a technique that is also frequently used for stents or medical textiles, e.g. orthopaedic inserts.
The manufacturer’s information must be traceable permanently and at any time for medical instruments and implants. There is a verification system based on ISO-compliant standard codes for this purpose; the so-called UDI (Unique Device Identification) system. This multi-digit code must be located on medical instruments. Scanning it will provide information about the manufacturer, the expiry date or an item reference. This is the only way to ensure error-free documentation, which is hugely important for the safety of patients and doctors.
A JustLaser Laser Marker for marking medical instruments and implants guarantees sterility for the marking and permanent traceability. The result is also extremely resistant to cleaning agents, disinfectants, bodily fluids and acids. Medical devices remain clean and sterile throughout the entire marking process. There are no alterations or damage to the surface structure when marking medical technology with a laser. This is very important when marking implants, which ultimately remain in a patient’s body for years: no unwanted or harmful substances may come away as a result of laser marking.
Medical instruments or implants can be manufactured from a diverse range of materials. It is possible to use a laser to mark medical technology made from a variety of materials:
When it comes to medical technology, laser marking is considered standard for marking a wide variety of instruments. Depending on the requirements, laser marking medical technology can be used to record a variety of information: UDI (Unique Device Identification) and MDR (Medical Device Regulation) contain production data, serial or batch numbers, product and manufacturer information and unique labels to protect against forgery. As laser inscriptions are resistant to bodily fluids, cleaning agents, disinfectants and acids, they have become indispensable in the medical sector. The markings are also sterile and, thanks to the fact that they do not alter the surface, there is no area for germs to build up. Another advantage is the optimal biocompatibility: implants marked with a laser can remain in the human body without any problems for a long time without any materials coming away from the inscription.
Depending on the material, you can use a JustLaser Laser Marker to mark the following products in a sterile and durable way: implants, medical and surgical instruments, plastic cannulas, orthopaedic implants, pacemakers, dental drills, titanium bone screws, technical ceramic, surgical tools, and many more. The robustness of the markings is even ensured with frequent use and frequent cleaning. Laser markings guarantee the important data can be read electronically for the long-term. This is the only way to ensure a product can be traced for its entire lifespan.
The list of benefits of laser marking in medical technology is a long one. Not least because of this, laser marking is considered the standard procedure for this industry: