Now, laser technology that inscribes on glass without breaking it

November 25th, 2010 - 5:53 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington, Nov 25 (ANI): Now, a new laser technology can inscribe numbers in glass without cracking, heating or leaving any external marks on the glass.

“It’s the only technology that can mark glass without damaging it,” quoted Jean Michel Mestrez, Managing Director of Trackinside, the Belgian start-up company that developed the technology.

It was created for things like etching the surfaces of lenses and mirrors that would then be used in space telescopes and measuring equipment. Because it is so low-impact, the laser does not damage the delicate material.

The ‘femtosecond laser’ works much like the laser used in eye surgery, where it beams energy through the surface of the eye to make incisions deep below.

“Labelling each syringe has other benefits, too. With this technology, you can track medicine from the point of production,” said Mestrez.

“If you have a number labelled directly after filling up the syringe, you can trace that syringe all the way along, from production to use to disposal.”

For luxury goods, this new type of numbering is useful not only to track products, but also to protect high-profile brands from counterfeiting.

For example, if a beverage is produced for the Asian market, but the bottle shows up in Europe or Africa, the maker can see that a grey market is operating. (ANI)

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