Brian Barbara

751 Slide-A-Mark Heavy Duty holder retention

Customers with the Slide-A-Mark air impact marker sometimes have problems with the quick change holder coming loose.  There are many factors that can contribute to the loosening, incorrect orientation of the ball lock, the holder is not flush when… Continue reading

Slide-A-Mark hammer replacement- the most versatile impact marker

The Slide-A-Mark air impact marker is Columbia’s most versatile impact marker.  With dozens of configurations and tooling options this marker can handle just about all impact applications.  What is not commonly known is how easily this marker’s power… Continue reading

Complete automatic-embossing numbering heads from CMT

(7) digit, 1/2″ characters embossing serial numbers.  CMT specializes in custom embossing numbering heads.  With the requirement for the male and female dies to mate perfectly on every single press stroke, CMT provides custom die shoes to fit… Continue reading

Using CAD images inside I-Mark software to aid in programming

Customers purchasing programmable dot peen marking stations often ask what can be done to make programming a marking layout easier.  The answer is simple, use the CAD data of the part as a background image in your marking layout.… Continue reading

Diamond scribe stylus life expectancy

Columbia is often asked how long the diamond stylus in our programmable scribe marking systems last.  The generalized rule of thumb is approx. 5 times longer than a traditional carbide stylus used in other dot peen markers.  There… Continue reading

How do I make (2) impact markers fire simultaneously

Customer call for technical help regarding (2) air impact markers:

Customer: I have (2) model 78 mite-e-marks hitting opposite sides of a part.  When I fire the valve they are not hitting simultaneously and they are knocking the part… Continue reading

Dot peen of very small characters

Question: How small of a character can I mark with the I-Mark M-75 series dot peen marker with the “fixed dot” style marking stylus?

Answer:  There are many factors that can affect the results of small character marking.  … Continue reading