Nuclear Grade Electrolytes and Cleaners for Marking Metal

Here at IMG/Electromark we get numerous calls inquiring about “nuclear grade” solutions. The caller is looking for nuclear grade electrolytes used to mark the metal components, but also information on neutralyzers to clean the components before and after the mark. What nuclear grade means, is that the parts are being manufactured to MIL-STD-792. This United States Military Standard states, “The electrolyte shall be compatible with the base material to be marked, electrolytes containing total halogens (bromine, chlorine, fluorine, iodine and astatine), sulfur and lead in excess of 250 parts per million (p/m) each shall not be used. Certified test results shall be submitted with each batch or mix of electrolyte to establish compliance with this limit”.

This Mil Standard addresses Identification Marking Requirements for Special Purpose Components, Naval ships systems command felt nuclear power aboard its’ vessels warranted extra precautions when it came to marking parts, whether by electrochemical etch (electromarking), die stamping, vibra-tools or any other method. IMG-Electromark has recently added Neutracleaner 1 and Neutracleaner 2 to its’ line of nuclear grade solutions. Our popular line of cleaners, usually used as a pre-cleaner, joins our Neutralyte and Electrolyte 59-CSF to be certified to MIL-STD-792. This was done so certain companies that prefer to have all the solutions that come in contact with the part be certified to MIL-STD-792. This standard has worked its’ way into commercial nuclear applications as well.

The certified test on each lot of solution we manufacture is included in each shipment at no charge. Should your company be working to MIL-STD-792 and have any questions regarding the spec and electrochemical etching, please contact us. We would also be happy to send out a sample of our 59-CSF electrolyte for you to try to insure it works on your material. Just call 800-775-ETCH(3824) or drop us an email and we can discuss your application. Hope to talk to you soon and thanks for stopping by.

Until next time,

Dave Bruno

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The 2D Data Matrix Code in Electrochemical Marking (Electromarking)

Here at IMG-Electromark, there has been a significant increase in our customers’ demand to apply Data Matrix codes marked onto their metal parts, especially those companies working to MIL-STD-130 (which is the standard approved by all departments and agencies of the Department of Defense).

So, what is the 2D Data Matrix Code?

A Data Matrix is a two dimensional bar code, usually square in shape. Imbedded into its black and white modules or cells is either encoded text or raw data. A Data Matrix symbol can store up to 2,335 alphanumeric characters. It is a dependable, economical means for identifying and tracking products through the manufacturing cycle.

Among the many advantages of the Data Matrix over the common 1D barcode is that it offers high information density and it can be applied directly onto metal parts, known as direct part marking. This code allows the implementation of Machine Readability Information (MRI) and Human Readability Information (HRI) for item identification marking and automatic data capture. The machine readable format is what makes this mark so useful for the DoD.

The Data Matrix is being used when traditional bar codes are too large, don’t provide enough storage capacity, or are unreadable. Plus a Data Matrix can be read even if up to 20% of the code is damaged or unreadable. Data Matrix is especially effective for the labeling of metal parts and it’s widely used in the aerospace, electronic, and automotive industries, this list is sure to grow as time goes on.

Our expert staff has been trained to write codes for the DoD (there is a specific language required), apply the codes electrochemically (as well as by laser) and then verify them. Should you have any questions on this or other marking requirements, please call us at 1.800.775.3824 or email and we will do our best to help. Thank you.

Until next time,

Dave Bruno

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Patricia's Blog

I have exciting news... I get lots of questions and comments from customers like you here at IMG of Utica, so I've decided to create a blog. This will open up the discussion to our whole etching community.

Together we'll discover the latest techniques in identification, logo, and artistic electro-etching. And, I'm delighted that you'll be able to participate because your input helps improve everyone's etching techniques. (And, so many of you are great fun to talk with!!)

Because of all the calls I get from knife makers, I'd like to start the ball rolling with the various electro-etching techniques that'll help you craft your knives. So, for the next blog, let's talk about your etching work and questions you may have about stencils, solutions, and equipment.

Whether you're just beginning knife making, or are a Journeyman or Master Smith, my advice is free and offered only to help you make the best etches possible. I hope to post 2-3 times a month, and I encourage your participation. So, get those questions and comments in, and we'll be off and running. (And, if knife making leads us to other users of electro-etching, great!)

Also, let me know what you've created using our etching products. We'll do our best to post your projects on the blog. Our customers permanently mark everything from knives to saw blades and from trumpets to scissors. I've seen many of your unique designs and beautiful artwork... if it's OK with you, we'd like to show it off for everyone to see. 

Yes, IMG of Utica does serve the aerospace industry, manufacturers, small businesses, and subcontractors who use our Electrochemical marking equipment and supplies, but our individual customers are important to me. And that's why I'm excited about this exchange of ideas.

I'm really looking forward to our conversation... I hope you are too. It'll be fun, and it should improve your work. Until next time... 


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