Laser Etching Glass

Permanent Glass Marking: Laser Etching for Superior Durability

In the world of glass printing, achieving permanent, high-resolution codes can be a challenge. Traditional methods like ink printing can be susceptible to smudging, fading, or removal by moisture. This is where laser etching glass emerges as a superior solution.

Benefits of Laser Etching Glass:

  • Permanence: Laser etching creates microscopic cracks on the glass surface, producing permanent marks for serial numbers, tracking codes, and alphanumeric data on clear or colored glass.
  • Tamper-proof: Unlike printed labels, laser-etched codes are virtually impossible to alter or remove, ensuring product authenticity and preventing unauthorized tampering.
  • High-Resolution: Laser etching delivers crisp, high-quality codes that are easy to read and scan, enhancing brand confidence and consumer trust
  • Durability: Laser-etched marks withstand harsh environments, including moisture, abrasion, and chemicals, ideal for applications in food & beverage, and pharmaceuticals.
  • Production Speed: Laser etching systems are faster than traditional methods like hot stamping or pad printing, making them ideal for high-volume production lines.

How Laser Etching Works:

Unlike marking plastic (melting the surface), laser etching glass utilizes a different principle. The laser beam rapidly heats the glass surface, causing natural fractures to occur. This controlled process creates micro-cracks that form the desired code or design.


  • Serial Numbering: Laser etching is ideal for creating unique serial numbers on glass bottles, vials, and jars.
  • Internal Tracking: Manufacturers can utilize laser etching for internal tracking codes to facilitate product management and traceability.
  • Date & Lot Coding: Laser etching allows for on-the-move coding of dates, expiry codes, and lot numbers directly on glass bottles during production.

Advantages over Traditional Methods:

  • Laser etching offers superior permanence and durability compared to printed labels.
  • Unlike hot stamping or pad printing, laser etching is faster and more efficient, ideal for high-speed production lines.

Videojet Laser Etching Solutions:

Videojet offers a range of CO2 and UV laser marking systems like the Videojet 3640 and 7810, specifically designed for laser etching glass. These systems provide:

  • Precision and Control: Precise control over laser power, speed, and focus ensures high-quality, consistent codes.
  • Integration Flexibility: Videojet systems seamlessly integrate with existing production lines.
  • Expertise and Support: Videojet’s team of experts can assist you in choosing the right laser etching solution for your needs.

Contact Videojet today at (+971) 50 127 8532 to discuss your laser etching glass application and discover how this technology can benefit your business.

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