Roland introduces GS-24 Vinyl Cutter

Roland GS-24 Vinyl Cutter

Roland DGA has released an update to their most popular 24″ desktop vinyl cutter. The new GS-24 has been completely redesigned for greater stability, precision and a much stronger down force (350 grams). What does that mean for customers? It means cutting thicker material with more precision and speed than ever before! This system is backed by Roland’s 3 Year trouble free warranty. Learn more about the Roland GS-24 Vinyl Cutter
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Engraving Techniques: Laser vs. Rotary Engraving

 

Laser vs. Rotary Engraving

Introduction:

Laser and rotary engraving machines are used by identification professionals in various industries to personalize gifts and jewelry, mark metal, cut acrylics, produce stamps, fabricate signs and more. Different applications, items, and engraving materials require specific methods of engraving to produce the desired results. This guide’s purpose is to help you narrow your search for an engraving machine; ensuring you buy or lease the right tool for the job.

 

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Methods, Limitations & Advantages to Rotary Engraving Systems:

Rotary engraving systems are a popular method for engraving a wide range of materials. These engraving machines use specialized carbide bits to achieve precise depths in a variety of materials. Rotary engraving provides a clean and smooth engraved mark without a whole lot of fuss.

There are some limitations associated with the rotary engraving method. First, rotary engraving systems typically require vector based files (line art) to create an engraving path for the machine to follow. This means rotary engravers are largely used for text and basic shapes with limited fonts. A second limitation of rotary engraving is the pressure or stress that can be put on an item when engraved.  This usually means an item that is to be engraved such as a handheld radio needs to be clamped in place to allow the machine to engrave. This also requires the engraver to press down on the item to achieve the proper depth. This can cause stress on the material leading to cracking or an uneven mark.

However, rotary engravers do have some advantages over their laser counterparts. For one, rotary engravers do a great job of producing smooth and deep finishes needed for paint filling metals or plastics. Fume extraction is another plus, as these engravers have no odor and pose no risk of fire or gas release. Engraving material is also an area where rotary engravers excel, as this family of engravers does not require special plastics or acrylics and can engrave into almost any surface. Rotary systems often operate with materials that are less expensive and easier to process, and can engrave simple characters into plastics faster than laser machines.

Rotating Carbide Engraving vs. Diamond Drag Engraving:

Rotating carbide engraving is the most popular method for engraving plastics, acrylics, woods and metal at depth. Rotating carbide engravers have the ability to spin when engraving, which allows for greater depth and a wider tool path, two important characteristics when paint filling letters in metal surfaces.

Diamond drag engraving typically involves a non-rotating diamond tipped bit that glides on the surface of the engraving material. This style of engraving cannot be performed at great depths and often does not produce a very wide tool mark. Diamond drag engravers are usually applied to metal surfaces, produce little dust and operate at faster rates, and some materials can be darkened with a marking compound to achieve a blackened engraving area. Diamond dragging is very popular with jewelry applications, industrial data tags or serial plates.

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Methods, Limitations & Advantages to Laser Engraving Systems:

Laser engraving is a newer engraving technology which uses a beam of highly focused light to cut through various materials. Laser engravers can also be used to effectively cut and engrave many types of acrylics and woods. The limitation associated with the laser engraving method stems from fume extraction. Most laser engraving produces smoke or toxic fumes which need to be cleaned and/or ventilated. Laser systems do not work on all materials. For instance, ABS materials do not process well with a CO2 laser. In addition, laser engravers do not provide the same engraving depth precision that rotary engravers do.

The advantages to laser engraving are in the details. Laser systems have the ability to process fine details & raster-based graphics at 1,000 DPI quality. These engravers can produce any font read by a printer, which allows for endless design possibilities.

Another advantage to laser engraving is the ability to engrave without the need for clamping or fixtures. Because laser systems apply no physical force on the material or part to be engraved there is little need for holding parts in place. Laser engraving items can be placed side by side in the laser bed to maximize production.

CO2 Laser Engraving vs. Fiber Laser Engraving:

YAG & fiber lasers differ from CO2 in that the wavelength of a YAG beam is ten times smaller than a CO2 laser. This allows the beam to absorb into the metal material, thus leaving a mark. Unlike CO2, YAG laser systems do not have a wide range of materials that work well for engraving. YAG & fiber systems are primarily used to engrave durable metals, like stainless steel, and most often configured in a galvo system for fast, high production environments. At Hansen Supply, we carry two styles of fiber laser systems: the gantry-based LS100EX Fiber and the galvo-based Fiber200.

Engraving Caveats: Gifts & Jewelrytagcube pic

While most engravers will only work on flat items, there is a category of engravers that are called “Gift Engravers” or “Jewelry Engravers.”  Gift Engravers are like the Swiss army knives of engraving. These systems can handle a wide range of different objects and random shapes, including glasses, bowls and everything in between.  Our Gift Machines include the M40 Gift, IS400 Volume, and the EGX-360. Jewelry engravers, like our M10, handle specific tasks, such as engraving rings and bracelets, while the M20 Jewel easily engraves rings, pens and flat items up to 4”x4”.

Further Support:

As you can see, selecting the right engraving system is no easy feat. For this reason, Hansen Supply offers 24hr live chat support from dedicated representatives.

Visit our engraving machines section and request a purchase or lease quote that’s returned in 24hrs.

Still need help? Call us directly at (800)782-1235 or fill out a quick contact form.

Label Printer Selection Guide: 5 Questions Before You Purchase

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Thermal transfer label printers are commonly used by professionals in a wide array of industries for equipment identification, pipe marking & safety labeling. Because printing requirements differ based on several criteria, it is important that you select the right label printer for your next project. The purpose of this label printer selection guide is to help you narrow your choice of desktop or handheld label printers based on 5 basic questions. Continue reading

Introducing the Brady BMP21-Plus

BMP21-PLUS_Volt_Right-web750pxBrady Corporation has introduced the new BMP21-Plus portable label printer. Print industrial labels that stay stuck with a rugged, drop tested printer.

BMP21-PLUS Order Now.

What’s New?

    • Lower Price
    • Rechargeable BMP21-PLUS-BATT Li-Ion battery or AA batteries
    • New smaller tape widths of 0.25″
    • More rugged construction
    • Higher visibility color scheme
    • More symbols
    • 2 Year warranty

Frequently Asked Questions:
Will the BMP21-PLUS work with my current BMP21 cartridges?
Yes the BMP21-PLUS will work with all BMP21 cartridges and it will work with the new 0.25″ supplies.
Does the BMP21-PLUS include a rechargeable battery?
The standard BMP21-PLUS configuration does not include the rechargeable battery, but a battery can be purchased separately. The BMP21-PLUS-KIT1 does include the rechargeable battery. All BMP21-PLUS models will run from 6 AA batteries.
Does the BMP21-PLUS work with my current BMP21 AC charger?
Yes the BMP21 AC charger has not changed and will work with all models.

BMP21-PLUS Standard Features:

  • Rugged and Dependable – meets shock and vibration testing per MIL-STD-810G Method 5.16.6.S4.6.5
  • Automatic label formatting for wire wraps, patch panels, terminal blocks, cable flags and general banner labels
  • Drop and Lock Cartridges
  • Tape Widths 0.25″ to 0.75″
  • Rechargeable Battery
  • 70 material parts
  • Includes lanyard for easy portability
  • Label Grabber holds label after cutting so it doesn’t fall to the floor
  • 104 symbols for electrical, smart home, safety and data communications
  • 2 Year Warranty

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Save 30% on select Brady Printers.

Save Now and Label More!

Select Brady label printers are now 30% off through May 30, 2014. Click the links below to purchase a machine online at the promotional price (no additional steps necessary). For more information check out the brady printer save 30 promo sales sheet or call 800-782-1235. Offer valid only in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. 

BBP31 Spring Promo 30% off
BBP31 Sign & Label Printer
Catalog# BBP31-PROMO4

  1. Prints labels up to 4″ wide in 8-10 year outdoor vinyl
  2. Extremely simple – just walk up and print, anyone can do it
  3. Operates as stand alone or with PC connectivity

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Catalog# BBP33-PROMO4

  1. Prints on the very first labe – no wasted labels
  2. Material changeovers in 20 seconds!
  3. Automatic label setup with no calibration
  4. Wire ID, Facility & Safety ID and Product ID-all in one printer!

Globalmark spring printer promoGlobalMark 2 Industrial Label Maker
Catalog# GMKCUT-PROMO4 & GMKCOL-PROMO4

  1. Prints multi-color labels up to 4” wide, and cuts out shapes
  2. Large touchscreen with LCD display
  3. Large library of templates, graphics and applications

BMP71 30% off spring promotionBMP71 Label Printer
Catalog# BMP71-PROMO4

  1. Prints labels up to 2” wide
  2. 400+ pre-cut & continuous labels – custom available too
  3. Full color screen

 

bbp85BBP85 LABEL PRINTER CATALOG# BBP85-PROMO4

  1. Prints labels up to 10″ wide with 8-10 year outdoor durable materials.
  2. Prints multiple colors on the same sign or label
  3. Large, full color touch screen
  4. 20-second supply changeovers.
Brady Corporation reserves the right to cancel this promotional offer at any time. Brady reserves the right to refuse any request. Printer must be purchased by May 30, 2014 to receive the promotional price.

New LS1000XP Laser Engraver 24″ x 48″

Introducing the all new 24″x48″ LS1000XP large format CO2 laser engraving system. The LS1000XP is the fastest large format laser system for cutting and engraving. With laser power sources ranging from 40 watt up to 150 watt systems the LS1000 XP has the versatility to get the job done. Request an LS1000 XP quote today.
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Standard Features
- Stand with casters & storage drawers
- Print & cut registration
- Recall of up to 99 jobs
- Job complete alarm
- Air assist
- Auto Z
- Red laser pointer
- Point & shoot job registration

For more information or to request a quote check out the LS1000 XP Laser Engraving Machine product page.

New Updates to Safety Sign Standards


Under OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard update, organizations can now use either the American National Standard Institute (ANSI) standards from 1967-1968 (ANSI Z53.1, Z35.1 & Z35.2) or from 2011 (ANSI Z535.1, Z535.2 & Z535.5) for safety signage.

Referencing both ANSI standards gives you the option to comply with either the old or new safety sign specifications. While you will not be fined if you don’t update your signage to the new standard, there are benefits to it and the acceptance of the standard offers a good time to review your organization’s visual workplace communications.

Shop online for the latest ANSI safety signs from Brady.

For an updated list of safety signs that comply or to receive pricing on a custom sign need please send us an email or call 800.782.1235

Free Engraving Software Promotion

EngraveLabPurchase any HX Series Engraving system from Hansen Supply and receive a free copy of EngraveLab Foundation ($499 value). Offer valid now through April 1st, 2014. Simply add a machine to the shopping cart or give us a call to place an order and your copy of EngraveLab Foundation will be sent automatically. For more information on EngraveLab check out our engraving software section. Valid HX series engravers include the HX-86, HX-128, HX-129, HX-1612 and the HX-2416. For more information about these machines please check out our engraving machine pages. EngraveLab is the world’s top selling engraving software and is compatible with 100′s of engraving systems from more than 50 different manufactures.