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LMF2000-SM Fiber Laser Marker used in Development of SignaKey Code Marking Process to Prevent Microchip Counterfeiting

Monrovia, CA – Miyachi America Corporation, a leading manufacturer of laser marking and laser welding equipment and systems, used its recently updated LMF2000-SM fiber laser marker in the development of a process for laser marking legacy microchips to enable identification and prevent counterfeiting, using the unique SignaKey code.

Legacy microchips are so named because the Systems for which they were developed have decade’s long life expectancy, whereas the microchips are made by manufacturers who evolve their components typically every 18 months. When original microchips are no longer available from the manufacturer, they become legacy components whose short supply and strong demand invites counterfeiters.

Most counterfeiters locate a component with a similar external physical appearance to the target, remove the manufacturers original marking by abrasive means and then remark – even through the function may be entirely different to the target. SignaKey takes legacy components that have been extensively tested and proven not to be counterfeits and then use the Miyachi development to laser mark an unambiguously unique SignaKey into the surface, sufficient to confound the counterfeiter without damaging the component.

The LMF2000-SM fiber laser marker, equipped with additional optics that facilitate creation of very small marks with significant engrave depth, enabled Miyachi to successfully make a mark featuring a character width of less than 50 microns and an engraved depth of more than 300 microns.

About Amada Miyachi America

Since 1948, Amada Miyachi America, Inc. has worked to achieve one goal: to solve customer’s manufacturing challenges. Knowing there is no one solution that fits all, the company strives to provide customers with innovative and reliable manufacturing technology solutions in an effort to be their single source provider. Amada Miyachi America manufactures equipment and systems for resistance welding, laser welding, laser marking, laser cutting, hermetic sealing and hot bar reflow soldering and bonding. The company serves a wide range of markets including medical devices, battery, aerospace, automotive and electronic components. Amada Miyachi America is an ISO9001 certified company. Contact Amada Miyachi America at info@amadamiyachi.com. Learn more about the company’s products and services at www.amadamiyachi.com.