Southfield, Mich. (Vocus) July 22, 2009
The Automotive Industry Action Group's (AIAG) Direct Parts Marking Committee has revised its two-dimensional (2D) Direct Parts Marking Guideline to educate end-users on the latest standards and most commonly used direct part marking methods utilized in a range of industries including military, aerospace, electronics and automotive.
The 2D Direct Marking Guideline, initially released in 2003, provides the latest information for the marking and reading of Data Matrix and/or QR Code symbols that utilize inkjet, laser etched or dot peen technology. The updated document will give the best practices for 2D direct marking and include its most recent standards for AIM DPM Quality Guideline 1/2006, ISO 15415, MIL-STD-130N, Applicable NASA HD-BK-6003, NASA-STD-6002 and SAE AS9132.
This guideline presents items to consider when evaluating marking projects such as:
● Features and benefits of laser, inkjet and dot-peen
● Qualities of each symbology
● Reading techniques
● Mark quality verification
● Emerging technologies
● Code placement techniques
In developing the guideline, AIAG's Direct Part Marking Team obtained input from automotive and non-automotive industry standards and companies. The result is a comprehensive document focusing on current 2D symbology parts identification methods, the common needs of manufacturing and assembly locations, and performance capabilities of various marking and scanning technologies. The Direct Part Marking Team is made up of volunteers from Chrysler, Cognex, Columbia Marking Tools, Control Laser, Delphi, Ford Motor Company, Freedom Technologies Corp., General Motors, Hoffman Systems, HTE, McNaught and McKay, Mecco, Microscan, OASIS, QED Systems, Rofin, Siemens, Telesis Technologies, Inc. and Webscan Inc.
To learn more about the 2D Direct Parts Marking Guideline, visit http://www.aiag.org or call AIAG at (248) 358-3003.
AIAG is a unique not-for-profit organization where for more than 25 years, OEMs, suppliers, service providers, government and academia have worked collaboratively to drive cost and complexity from the supply chain via global standards development and harmonized business practices. AIAG membership has grown to include preeminent OEMs such as Caterpillar, Chrysler LLC, Daimler, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Honda, Navistar International, Nissan, Toyota and many of their part suppliers and service providers. For more information, please visit the organization's Web site at http://www.aiag.org.
AIAG Contact: Lorrie Kinney