Over the years, the MITAS group has built up products and solutions for ‘every manufacturing environment you can mention,’ said Kyle. It all started with the human-readable marking of products and moved over time into machine-readable markings for traceability purposes.
‘Our diverse portfolio of businesses provides the most comprehensive range of solutions offered anywhere in the world. From tagging red hot billets of steel at over 1200°C, to marking items immersed in liquid nitrogen; from marking products on stationary or slow manufacturing lines, to 120,000 items per hour – and faster; and from standalone to portable – the only thing we cannot mark is air… and we are working on that!’ declared Kyle.
Initially, the focus was on Direct Part Marking (DPM) for proof of manufacture and batch ID needs, using technologies such as laser and Pinstamp®, for deep penetration marking, as well as the complementary technologies of labelling, tags and inkjet printing. (DPM is the process of permanently marking product parts with information that includes serial numbers, part numbers, date codes, and barcodes, to allow the tracking of the parts through the full life cycle.) As the marking needs of clients started to change – in response to the growing threat of illicit trade in various industries – the MITAS group moved into the domain of machine-readable and unit-level traceability technologies, as well as covert and forensic technologies to assist in authentication, and solutions to help industries with governance and compliance to standards.