Hello Everyone - I would like to serialize or date stamp bottles in production. This could be an inkjet, laser or other alternative. most of the projects I see for arduino are an xy plotter burning a surface. Are the lasers of inkjets that can be stationary with a stationary part and change the angle of a lense or an inkjet headf to print? I know this might get some elongation but that is okay. Maybe the other option would be to move the part at a certain pace and print or engrave in one pass
The hardware cost will be a major part of your project - to position and load/release the bottles.
Also worth considering - if you use a laser on the bottles - consider the side lobes and reflections of nasty invisible beam fragments. You won't see them coming.
Some other thoughts
Hello - I am looking for ideas. I would like to mark bottles filled in a production line with a date code and batch number. I have thought about laser, inkjet or transfer ink stamping. I have found arduino laser heads available but they seem to all require 2 axis of movement. I would like to try to keep the axis of Movement to 1 or zero. I have not found ink jet heads or stamping heads.
Any and all thoughts would be appreciated.
Such devices have been used for more than lots of years. Why invent the Wheel?
Mostly because they tend to be expensive.
If you use a laser on the bottles - consider the side lobes and reflections of nasty invisible beam fragments. You won't see them coming.
I did some work in a warehouse where they were using a laser system to engrave beer glasses with a logo and other information the customer wanted. The actual laser system was inside a glass cage, although I could see the laser engraving the beer glasses I assume the cage was opaque to the light being used by the laser and thus provided protection from any stray laser light.
I don’t think the OP is interested /still here.
I am here. I think OP mean me.
Maybe an inkjet would be better than the hazards of a laser. I have found a stamp system that can be integrated in a machine but the bottle will need to be supported and stationary but it is simple and would maybe work on our flatter bottle or maybe the bottoms of all bottles. But with that maybe I am better off just hitting the bottle manually like to old prices we done at grocery stores.