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Posted by Ross Rocklin in Rocklin Mfg on 6/6/2022

If you’re repetitively marking small parts like tags or automating marking in a production line, then a stationary marker or integrated marker is likely the right solution. If that’s not your situation, are you wasting time and money lugging your parts to a marking area? Why not bring a portable marker directly to your parts, instead of the other way around?


Here are 10 reasons you may want to make the switch to portable engraving and what you should expect from the most advanced portable dot peen marking and portable fiber laser marking technologies available today.

  1. You can mark just about anywhere. Truly portable dot peen marking units offer battery-operated functionality, so you can cut the cord and mark wherever you need traceability inside of your facility (or even outside out of it).
  2. You don’t need to make your parts fit under a marking station. You can laser mark large parts without creating elaborate contraptions that fit a marking unit’s stationary footprint. And with a portable laser marking solution, a lightweight handheld applicator enables you to mark on the go.
  3. You only need one compact device. You don’t need a separate controller, PC, or a mobile phone for programming. Truly portable markers are all-in-one solutions.
  4. You can mark around the clock. Battery-operated dot peen markers should include two batteries and a charger for continuous marking, and industrial portable fiber laser markers offer up to a 100,000-hour laser source lifetime with no required maintenance.
  5. You have flexibility. Portable dot peen making machines and portable fiber laser marking units typically include a “hybrid” marking option, or a stand that enables easy conversion to a tabletop setup. So you can switch quickly between portability and stationary for marking tags and the like.
  6. You can easily lift and carry the marker. All-in-one, industrial dot peen markers weigh as little as 5 pounds, and portable fiber laser marking units come in lightweight packages that are easily carried or rolled around a facility.
  7. You can mark on flat, round and uneven surfaces. If you’re marking on pipes, valves, or uneven surfaces, portable dot peen markers should have the capability to automatically adjust for variances in part height without risk of operator error.
  8. You can scan and mark barcode contents on the go. Scan and mark the contents of a barcode, either with scanners integrated into a dot peen marking unit’s housing or with barcode scanners that connect via USB to portable laser and dot peen units.
  9. You can plug-and-play (or better yet, just “play”). Software should be intuitive and easy to master through a video tutorial that takes minutes to achieve plug-and-play functionality. And with battery-operated markers, you can skip the “plug” part.
  10. You don’t need to break the bank. Portable dot peen markers and portable fiber laser markers should cost about $5-10K depending on options selected, generating a rapid ROI due to the low investment and the many efficiencies gained.

Interested in trying portable marking out for yourself? Get in touch if you’d like a sample or on-site demo of the FlyMarker® mini Battery-Operated Dot Peen Markers and/or the MobiLase® Portable Fiber Laser Markers.


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