2D Datamatrix marking is commonly used for Direct Part Marking (DPM) of machine-readable 2-D codes. The main purpose of 2D Data Matrix marking on parts is to enable automated reading of marks, which may be verified throughout the lifespan of the part. The advantage of 2D marking is traceability, improving manufacturing efficiency, quality control, and inventory management. 2D Data matrix marking satisfies a number of industry specific and governmental requirements, including U.S. Department of Defense UID (Unique Identification). The process involves permanent marking of the UID codes, verifying the readability of the code, and then reading the code during manufacturing and life of the part.
- Datamatrix Classification
Datamatrix is a 2D barcode symbology with very high data density. Datamatrix symbols are printed in square or sometimes rectangular patterns. Each dot of a DataMatrix symbol represents a bit. This is in contrast to linear bar-codes, where the information is encoded in the ratio of the bars or spaces to each other. Usually a black dot in a Data Matrix symbol is equivalent with the bit-value 1, but Datamatrix may also be printed white on black.
- Application Areas of Datamatrix
DataMatrix is used for encoding large amounts of data. It is mainly used in Europe and in the United States. The dominant application areas are through dot-peen and laser marking - in the aerospace, electronics, and automotive industries. A user can scan or decode this DataMatrix using a built-in camera and suitable decoder software.
Mark a datamatrix with dot peen or laser systems
Compatible with several marking technology (dot peen, laser), this 2D code allows an automatic and secure identification with specific readers and algorithms.
Datamatrix and hand-held vision solutions
SIC Marking can provide hand-held vision solutions when the vision system isn't fully integrated on the production line. Flexible , and easy to use, these readers are more typically used in job shop manufacturing operations.
Datamatrix and automated vision solutions
SIC Marking has developed a full “mark & check system” to offer a real traceability system. Vision systems could be integrated by adding a camera (including a decoder), a light system around the marking machine.
Datamatrix and traceability applications
Based on our experience with marking, vision, automation, and software, all systems described
below were fully designed, manufactured and installed by the SIC Marking team.