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Macsa ID acquires majority shareholding in Halo Lasers UK, a manufacturer of industrial marking lasers.

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Thanks to this acquisition, Macsa ID consolidates its position as a technology leader in the industrial laser marking sector at a global level and establishes a direct presence in an important market.

Macsa ID is a company that delivers solutions to meet the coding, identification and traceability needs of the manufacturing industry. It is one of the largest five international companies in the laser coding and marking sector and has a sales and service network that spans more than 80 countries and has direct offices in Spain, Portugal, China, Singapore and UK.

Macsa ID with its headquarters in Sant Fruitós del Bages (Barcelona, Spain), is the only Spanish company that manufactures laser marking equipment. The company invests more than 8% of revenues in R & D annually to maintain its position as a technology leader in the market.halo-lasers-macsa-logo

In 2017 Macsa ID achieved double digit growth for the 9th consecutive year and expects to do so again in 2018.

Lasers in the textile industry, the most sustainable solution.

 

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Since the year 2000, the fashion industry has been subject to an exponential growth in production, reaching the figure of 4.3 million tons of clothing manufactured in one year. The “fast fashion” phenomenon allows consumers to buy 60% more clothes than 15 years ago, but how does this excessive production affect the environment?

The fertilizers and pesticides used in the production of cotton, the manufacture of synthetic materials, the use of chemical substances or the pollution created by producing factories, are some of the negative factors that can affect the environment, and some of these are irreversible.

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The denim industry increasingly needs to find production methods which are sustainable and respectful with the planet. Techniques such as wear and tear, creases, ripped areas, worn-out looks or back knee effects are present in a great variety of denim garments found in today’s market.

 

What does laser technology bring to the textile industry?

In Macsa ID we have directed all our R&D&I efforts to make the Lasertex an ecological benchmark in the textile industry. Lasertex is an advanced laser platform that allows garments of denim, leather and other fabrics to be given the exact appearance required by the latest fashion design.

Laser marking on plastic taps

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The last manufacturing process that the product undergoes is coding and marking so that the relevant identification regulations concerning packaged foods or drinks can also be adhered to. In this particular application we can see that the product reference, the time and the expiry date have been marked.

In this case as the bottle top is red, we have achieved a high contrast in white by making a change of colour. In this manner, an indelible mark has been made without damaging the surface in any way.

‘Annealing’ on stainless steel bearing

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Metal parts, such as bearings, also need to be marked for identification with their product reference, brand or lot number for later traceability. Metal requires a marking and coding that does not damage the surface and with a high marking contrast in order to read the data properly.

For this purpose, and in general for the marking of metallic materials such as stainless steel, we use a fibre laser such as the SPA F-9020, which by means of annealing – or changing the metal’s colour by increasing its temperature – we can obtain a permanent black marking of great legibility and without damaging the surface.

Coding with laser reactive ink on glass

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Glass, one of the most widely used substrates in cosmetics and perfumes, is one of the materials in which laser marking is of excellent quality and which is also considered as one of the hardest. In addition to this, Macsa ID has developed a system that allows a QR code plus 2 lines of text to be marked on a base of laser reactive ink.

laser-coding-macsa-perfum-02The reactive ink base generates a black label as a reaction to the heat which then allows a clear and quality contrast to be made. Thanks to a patented system, the permanence and durability of the reactive layer against scratches and/or external agents is guaranteed.

With this system, which achieves high marking speeds, the possibility arises of marking variable or promotional codes (QR codes to be read with a smartphone) on substrates (glass) that previously required a machine vision system in order to be read later on. Moreover, the IP54 protection of the system prevents the glass debris produced from the marking from entering the laser or damaging the lens.