You probably have never stopped to think about all the ways that SCHMIDT is involved in your day. In fact, if you’re like most people, the thought has never even entered your mind. But it’s true. Parts and devices that are marked by using a wide variety of our systems really do make a lasting mark on your daily life. Here are just a few examples.
Protecting Your Car
We are a worldwide manufacturer of marking equipment for the automotive industry, so when you step into your car, our work is all around you. We specialize in marking machines that apply vehicle identification numbers (VIN) as well as any custom coding applications. The VIN is a unique number used by the automotive industry to identify individual motor vehicles. They help to keep track of problems, ownership changes, and deter theft. If you’re buying a used car, you can track the car’s history through the VIN. When you leave for work in the morning, you can find your car’s VIN marked on a sticker plate attached to your dashboard.
Oil and Gas Fields
What about the gasoline that powers your car and the oil in the crankcase? You won’t be going very far without them. The manufacturing companies that service the oil field and gas industry have strict regulations regarding part tracking and product traceability. We design and supply the marking equipment to manufacturers of drill bits, tricone rock bits, line pipes, pumps, valves, and other drilling equipment and oil field components. Our marking machines mark automatic date codes, sequential serial numbers, manufacturing codes, part numbers, logos, or any identification marks required to keep the oil pipelines flowing and enabling you to keep your gas tank filled.
We hope you never need surgery, but if you do, we’ve got your back. Medical device manufacturers rely on the precision and accuracy of laser marking to help meet their strict product identification and traceability guidelines. The FDA requires medical devices to have a unique device identifier (UDI) so they can be traced from the time they were manufactured, through their distribution, on to final use. Laser marks done with the annealing process are corrosion resistant and can withstand many sterilization processes such as, passivation, centrifuging, and autoclaving. If you do visit an operating room, rest assured our marks are on the job before the procedure even begins.
Aerospace for Defense and Travel
If you’re a business professional flying out of town or a pilot defending our country’s skies, you depend on the aerospace industry. Aircraft parts and components must be tracked throughout the manufacturing process and lifetime use of the equipment. Having a precise and reliable integrated part marking solution is essential for any aerospace manufacturer, whether it is for commercial or military applications. We manufacture laser systems for a variety of industry applications including part marking, deep engraving, and fine surface annealing. Marks made by these systems help regulate proper preventive maintenance and parts replacement schedules.
Traceability is a major tool used by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) agents to keep illegal weapons off the street. It also is key to other law enforcement agencies for tracking down criminals who use them. Firearm manufacturers are required by the ATF to meet strict marking identification guidelines for all guns, weapons and firearms manufactured in the United States. We are an FFL licensed manufacturer of marking equipment for engraving identification marks on rifles, pistols, shotguns, firearm barrels and other firearm components for ATF required information. If a firearm is stolen, these marks can help law enforcement return it to its rightful owner.
Make a Lasting Mark
As you can see, the marking systems we design are an integral part of safety measures taken by a variety of industry segments and government agencies. But don’t worry if you haven’t given it much thought. We think about it every day.