The well-established field of laser marking continues to break new ground with expanding business opportunities in automotive, oil and gas, medical and other industries. Ultrafast lasers—those in the picosecond and femtosecond regime—are emerging as key players in some particularly delicate, federally mandated medical applications. New proprietary software versions and customized marking systems are in increasing demand. And a major new partnership between one relatively young system provider and a global leader in wires and harnesses further demonstrates the robust momentum of laser marking. And, in keeping with the drive toward Industry 4.0, new automation measures are being rolled out to increase the throughput of laser-marked products. Ultimately, while decorative laser marking has been in use for some time, the growing need for brand protection via track-and-trace marking of complex codes on a broad range of high-value parts makes the technology more vital than ever. For Finland-based Cajo Technologies, 2019 is shaping up to continue last year’s momentum with a new sales and distribution partnership with wire and harness giant Anixter, as well as expanding work with subsea ...