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Mastering Your Pin Marker – The Speed Factor


June 3, 2019


Pin markers are versatile machines that can make permanent marks in a variety of styles. Your marks can be light or deep, or thin or wide for example. The desired mark will depend on your application. What kind of material will you be marking? Will there be any post-processing such as painting or anodizing? Your answers to these questions and questions like these will help you determine what kind of mark you need to make with your pin marker.

Your pin marker settings

To achieve different kinds of marks, you need to consider three things:

  • Your stylus tip, which determines your mark’s dot diameter.
  • The amount of force you’re using. This is generally determined by your pressure setting and affects the depth of your mark.
  • The marking speed, which determines the spacing between dots.

Speed test

Let’s take a look at the difference speed makes. One of the most common marking applications that we’ve come across is pin marking on a thin piece of metal such as aluminum, so we’ll test the speed factor with this application.

In the video below, we’ve demoed two marks with our Styliner® Pulse. Both marks used our #1 stylus tip. This tip has a high angle which creates a small area of impact that’s ideal for thin pieces of metal. We also set the pressure at 80 PSI in both marks. However, the first mark’s speed was set at 550 steps per second. The second mark’s speed was set at 1900 PSI.

[The nameplates were held in place with our nameplate clamps.
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The Results

As you probably noticed, the first mark took a lot longer than the second mark. That’s one of the more obvious effects of changing the speed setting on your pin marker: the higher the steps per second, the shorter your cycle time. However, because the stylus moves very quickly, there is more movement between impact, resulting in visible spaces between each dot. Because the speed was much slower in the first mark, there was less movement between impact resulting in no space between each dot. The difference is easy to see:

Mastering Your Pin Marker Up Close
Generally, there is no reason to have spaces between the dots in your mark. But keep this effect in mind when deciding whether or not to increase the speed setting on your pin marker (for example, to achieve a mark in a desired cycle time). Spaces between dots could be an unintentional and perhaps an unwanted side effect.

Now we’ve seen the effect speed has. Check out the difference your stylus tip and force can make on your mark in our deep mark article.