Cougartron product news | Marking & Etching | Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Electrochemical marking is one of the most convenient methods of marking metal parts, tools, and components.

This being said, one of the few challenges associated with this process is achieving high color consistency when producing thicker and wider markings.

Well, this has been the case until now.

When it comes to smaller markings, our flagship machine – MK12 – has traditionally delivered outstanding results. And it still does.

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Cougartron marking machines – MK12 (left) and MK612 (right)

However, the development of our new marking machine – the MK612 – has completely changed the game in regards to the production of larger markings.

Here is how.

Variable voltage technology – The key to effectively marking larger surfaces

Whether you are a hobbyist or a professional metalworker, you certainly understand the importance of achieving uniform marking results.

The lack of color consistency disturbs the overall impression of your work. This applies to the size of the markings as well as the thickness of the lines within your design.

The use of single-voltage machines provides excellent results when it comes to smaller and simpler markings. However, this approach is generally inadequate for designs incorporating larger areas of solid colour.

This is where the benefits of MK612 – our new marking machine – come to the fore.

Its innovative variable-voltage technology gives you the ability to produce markings that are completely uniform in their color – regardless of the thickness of the lines and the size of the surface.

Your job is to just reduce the voltage (anywhere from 12V to 6V) and mark confidently without worrying about the discoloration and other consistency issues.

Simply put, the MK612 is a difference-maker when it comes to more demanding projects. However, this does not mean that uniform and consistent results on smaller surfaces cannot be achieved by using the MK12 machine or one of our marking kits.

If you are in doubt as to which of these solutions is most suitable for your production, you can always contact us for advice.

Combine MK612 with vinyl stencils for precise and uniform results

One of the most important recommendations for using the MK612 machine is to use it together with vinyl stencils when marking larger surfaces.

Vinyl stencils allow you to mark on the metal surface directly rather than through a paper/nylon substrate.

Here are the results you can expect:

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Left: Mark made using MK12 machine with unalterable 12V output and vinyl stencil; Right: Mark made using MK612 machine (with decreased voltage to 9V) and vinyl stencil

Note: We do not supply customized vinyl stencils, but most local printing companies can easily produce them for you

For more information on how to properly use this type of stencils, click below to read our detailed guide.

What can be found inside the guide?

  • How to prepare the surface for marking
  • How to use the vinyl stencil correctly
  • How to operate the MK612 machine and utilize its consumables

Procedure for marking stainless steel with Cougartron MK612 marking machine and vinyl cut-out type stencil (Click to download)

You can also watch our demo video with vinyl stencil marking using the MK612 machine:


But what are some of the other benefits of using this machine?

Advantages of using the MK612

These are the advantages of the MK612 we would particularly like to emphasize:

  • Innovative variable-voltage technology gives you the ability to mark larger and smaller surfaces – without losing color consistency.
  • The machine is lightweight and portable – ideal for both off- and on-site work.
  • Fast and safe performance – marking fluids pose no threat to your health (when used as instructed)
  • With the MK612, you can mark logos, serial numbers, product names, dates, and any other information related to your production.
  • Suitable for all conductive metal surfaces – stainless steel, mild steel, aluminum, brass, copper, zinc, and even titanium.
  • Simple to use – even for first-time users
  • Equipped with a timer for a more precise workflow

Need more information?

If you would like to know more about the MK612 and how it compares to our other marking equipment, please feel free to contact us at any time.

You can also click below to buy the machine or get more information right away.



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