An Overview of Roll Marking Uses and Machines

An Overview of Roll Marking Uses and Machines

An Overview of Roll Marking Uses and Machines | Numberall Blog

At Numberall, we pride ourselves in offering a diverse line of high-quality marking machines, each with their own specific use. When it comes to marking small round parts, we’ve designed specialized presses that can get the job done more efficiently and effectively, with the same accuracy and quality that our equipment has become known for throughout the 90 years we’ve been in business.

Why Use a Roll Marking Machine?

Roll marking, or cylindrical marking, is a method of marking solid or hollow round parts, such as pipes and gears. At Numberall, we design our roll marking machines specifically for light duty marking of round parts with an even depth of impression. With typical flat metal marking equipment, it can be difficult if not impossible to get an even mark across a round part. Will roll marking, the part rotates, or rolls, with the indenting device to ensure each character is distributed evenly and with the same depth of impression. Our versatile roll marking equipment can be used on a wide range of materials across many different manufacturing industries, including firearms, automotive parts, pipe fittings, and more.

What are the Roll Marking Machine Options?

At Numberall, we offer two options for roll marking equipment — the Model 301 Hand-Operated and Model 301A Air-Operated presses. Although similar, these models offer unique capabilities that make them suitable based on the volume of our customer’s marking needs.

The Model 301 is a hand operated machine which is capable of  mark round parts with characters up to 1/4” in aluminum, or 5/32” characters in mild steel. Despite its compact bench-top size, this press is able to incorporate oversized endplates for more clearance. To begin stamping, you will need a marking device. Many of our numbering heads can be used with the Model 301, including Model 23 Type Holder, Model 70P Non-Automatic Numbering Head, and Model 50P Automatic Numbering Head. Each unique numbering head offers customization when paired with the 301 roll marking press.

The Model 301A is ideal for high production application. This model uses an air cylinder for power and includes a control valve. The Model 301A can stamp characters of the same size, in the same material as the Model 301. The Model 301A can also incorporate oversized endplates for larger diameter parts — just like the Model 301. Similar to the Model 301, numbering heads, type holders, or marking dies are used in conjunction with the Model 301A. The key differentiator is that the Model 301 is air-operated rather than by hand, which allows for large scale production marking needs.

Numberall Model 301
Model 301
Numberall Model 301A
Model 301A

Can Roll Marking Machines be Customized?

No matter the shape or size of the item you want to mark, it’s likely that we can customize one of our roll marking machines to meet your needs. In addition to the oversized endplate options, Numberall has designed custom fixtures to stamp the edges of coins and medallions without marring the surfaces. We also have fixtures with interchangeable arbors for stamping hollow parts or rings. For parts with varying part diameters or stepped parts, we can modify our standard adjustable holding fixture rollers to hold the part securely when marking.

One example of our custom roll marking capabilities is an application we created to mark CO2 bottles. In this design, we created special holding fixtures to mark the neck of the bottle at an angle. To see this application in action, view our recent blog post: Numberall’s Custom Application to Mark CO2 Bottles. Our roll marking machines offer both precision and flexibility for our customers looking to indent round parts. If you would like to learn more about our roll marking machines or have questions about a custom application, contact Numberall Stamp and Tool Company today!

The History of Numberall’s Model 50P

Numberall Numbering Head Model 50P

Numberall’s Model 50P automatic numbering head represents the finest marking device in the industry for rapid and accurate consecutive numbering. Like many of our other marking devices, this model’s road to becoming a well-known device in the metal marking industry is unique. Numberall produced the first Model 50P in the fall of 1935, after many months of planning and engineering. The goal was to provide customers with a machine that could precisely and efficiently mark a number of materials consecutively with minimal effort from the operator.

One of the first Model 50Ps that came out of production was purchased by a company we still do business with today. In 1936 Ketchum Mfg., an identification tag manufacturer in Lake Luzerne, NY, bought the 13th Model 50P that was produced. Like Numberall, Ketchum is a multigenerational family-owned company. Mr. Hopping, one of Numberall’s employees who was in charge of producing the Model 50P at the time, made note of the sale to Ketchum Mfg. in the serial number pages seen below.

The History of Numberall’s Model 50P | Numberall Blog

Many years later we were able to obtain Ketchum Mfg.’s Model 50P, which they had modified over the years, to display in our archives.

The History of Numberall’s Model 50P | Numberall Blog

Numberall has manufactured thousands of Model 50Ps since the first production over 8 decades ago. Through the years, the 50P has been steadily improved to increase its effectiveness and usability for clients with various uses. For example, we added a pawl block to improve wheel alignment and operation. Each wheel is now one CNC-machined component, and the actuating pawl is CNC wire EDM machined. We’ve updated the machining methods of other Model 50P parts for smoother operation and less hand fitting. It is because of this commitment to quality and durability that we are still servicing numbering head units that are over 40 years old. 

Like all our machines, this model is built with heavy duty tool steel and is precision heat-treated for extensive usage over a long product life. Today’s Model 50P offers:

  • An ideal solution for rapid, accurate, consecutive marking
  • Precise wheel alignment
  • Zero suppression standard (to eliminate prefix zeros)

In addition, the Model 50P is compatible with a variety of optional equipment to increase its versatility, including hot stamping equipment for marking plastics. Numberall also offers custom applications for the Model 50P, such as an extended frame leg for a removable logo die, allowing for custom serialization.

After decades of producing and perfecting this model, you can be sure that the Model 50P is equipped for high quality marking for many years to come. If you’d like to learn more about the Model 50P, or request a quote for a custom application, please contact Numberall Stamp and Tool today.

Custom Product Spotlight: Numberall’s Concrete Stamp

Custom Product Spotlight: Numberall’s Concrete Stamp

At Numberall Stamp and Tool, we take pride in our ability to offer high-quality stamping equipment. These stamping tools can be used to mark a variety of materials across several different industries. While we have a wide range of products that we offer, we also can create high-quality custom marking tools at our customer’s request.

Custom Product Spotlight: Numberall’s Concrete Stamp | Numberall Blog

We recently received a request by a customer looking to create a concrete stamp that could be used to imprint their logo into wet concrete. They needed something that was durable, easy to handle, and could accurately imprint concrete for a lasting mark. Our solution was a custom concrete stamp: we created a resin image of their logo in-house and attached it to a ¼” aluminum plate. The plate’s grooved round handle was designed to help the customer utilize this lightweight stamp with ease. To apply the stamp, all the customer has to do is simply push the stamp into the wet concrete to imprint their design.

Our custom concrete stamp directly met the customer’s needs — offering them a portable product that leaves a lasting impression and at a very short turnaround time. We were able to deliver the customer their product in only two weeks’ time. This custom product was created by our team of skilled craftsmen by utilizing durable lightweight materials. We chose aluminum to create this stamp because of its light weight and resistance to corrosion to help improve the product’s life span. We are proud to produce tools of the highest quality standards and manufactured right here in the United States — many of our customers are still using our products 30 years after purchase.

Our custom concrete stamps are just one way that we can customize and create products to meet your needs in a timely manner. Whether your company is looking for a metal stamping product or you are in need of a custom design for a unique application, we’d be happy to help. Contact Numberall Stamp and Tool Company today!

Numberall’s EASTEC Roundup: Our Review of the 2019 Conference

Numberall’s EASTEC Roundup: Our Review of the 2019 Conference

Numberall has been a recurring attendee of EASTEC, the leading Northeast manufacturing trade show, since 1998. This past May, we were eager to attend the three-day event in West Springfield, Massachusetts. We find that EASTEC always proves to be educational and inspirational, as we often return encouraged by the presentations and experiences of customers, fellow vendors, and speakers alike. It turns out the 2019 conference wasn’t any different.

This year, EASTEC featured over 700 exhibitors with technical presentations, workshops, and keynote speakers. Stepping back into our booth in the exhibit hall, we had the pleasure of meeting many new faces and demonstrating some of our popular equipment, including the Model 40B, the Model 301A with Model 50P stamping round parts, and the Model 136A stamping screwdriver handles. A trend we noticed in meeting with new companies is the need for steel stamps and marking tools—products Numberall has been manufacturing since inception in 1930. Why use steel stamps instead of a machine? One reason is they are economical—not only are they affordable, but they are also made to last. Another reason is the steel stamp’s precise marking. Since the operator controls the force of the hammer, you can ensure that a clear mark is created every time. With these qualities along with their durability, we found that Numberall’s steel stamps were the right fit for a lot of companies’ metal marking needs.

Though we were pleased to meet many new people at the conference, one of our favorite things about EASTEC was being able to meet past and current customers who we may have only spoken to over the phone or through email. One customer who stopped by our booth this year had used Numberall products for over 80 years! In 1936 Ketchum Mfg. in Lake Luzerne, New York, purchased the 13th Model 50P that came out of production, a model that we only began manufacturing a year prior.

If you missed this year’s EASTEC conference, you’ll have to wait until 2021 to attend this biennial event. However, if you have an immediate marking need, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us today! Whether it’s a steel stamp set or a numbering machine, we have several options to help you mark metal more efficiently. Of course, we take custom orders too! Contact us online today for more information, or give us a call at 800-685-3072.

Numberall Staff Spotlight: John French

For nearly 90 years, Numberall has provided custom stamping tools for clients around the globe. We attribute this longevity to our high-quality marking products and also to the hard work and commitment of our employees — some of whom have been working at Numberall for over three decades. Topping the list is John French, who is going on almost five full decades of employment with Numberall. To celebrate his achievements, we’ve dedicated this staff spotlight to John and his accomplishments.

Numberall Staff Spotlight: John French

John French began his 49 year career at Numberall in 1970. While John started out in a machine shop in Waterville, he soon found himself wishing to cut back on his commute. Numberall was closer, and the rest is history. Since 1970, John has held several positions at Numberall, getting his hands on nearly every piece of equipment Numberall has and developing a broad skill set. John has operated surface grinders, Blanchard grinders, milling machines, and drill presses, to name a few. This versatility, combined with a willingness to take on new tasks, has made John one of Numberall’s most valued employees. While day-to-day John works with a variety of machines depending on project needs, his favorite is the milling machine, where he gets to see products come to life through the old-fashioned processes he’s known and used his whole career. Above all else, John takes pride in making modern, high-quality products using tools such as these, and is always ready to overcome any challenge that comes his way.

Numberall Staff Spotlight: John French
Staff Spotlight: John French | Numberall Blog

As the longest-standing Numberall employee, John has seen many changes in the building and operations, as well as three generations of Bayerdorffer leadership. However, he isn’t in poor company — many Numberall employees have been with our team for 35 years or more, creating a tight-knit team that feels like a family. This feeling of “togetherness” is one reason that John has dedicated almost 50 years to working at Numberall. He says that working at Numberall is a true team effort — working together to understand projects and meet each client’s needs. John is an integral part of our team at Numberall and the togetherness that John explains is one of the many reasons why we have been able to produce marking equipment for 89 years.

How Numberall’s Metal Marking Presses Can Save You Money

Here at Numberall, we know that marking devices can be costly for small and large businesses alike. At times, it may seem like a more cost-effective strategy to purchase low priced tools that will “get the job done.” However, you might be surprised to find that even businesses with low production demand end up saving money in the long run when they use Numberall equipment, especially with our line of presses. Compared to others on the market, Numberall’s presses are significantly higher quality, can save valuable floor space, and offer versatility for a number of marking uses.

How Numberall’s Metal Marking Presses Can Save You Money | Numberall Blog

We prioritize quality to ensure that our customers have products designed to last a lifetime. You’ll find that many imported presses are made using round column construction with a spring release marking force, which may result in a harsh impact shock. However, Numberall’s presses are built with cast iron “C” frames for distortion-free stamping with a smooth, static non-impact marking force. The large quick-change dovetail ram evenly distributes the marking force across the marking device frame with minimal stress. We also pride ourselves on the fact that Numberall’s presses do not have die cast parts. It’s because of the durable design that consumers will be guaranteed their Numberall press will last longer than competitors and produce a better mark.

Numberall’s bench-top presses are not only higher quality, but are economical as well. The Model 136A is just one example of an economical press which offers benchtop mounting capabilities in order to save valuable floor space and keep larger presses free for other work. This press has a compact design and can be easily mounted on a workbench for easy and efficient marking. With more space for other projects, our customers will be able to increase productivity in the workplace.

At Numberall, we know that compatibility and versatility are important factors to our consumers when purchasing equipment, which is why our presses are designed for virtually any product. Our presses’ capabilities range from marking nameplates and other flat objects to marking round parts with even impressions. We even help to increase compatibility by developing custom parts and fully servicing all products, even those dating back to the 1930s–a benefit that our competitors do not offer.

We realize that cost is an important factor in your decision-making process, but when it comes to metal marking equipment that you’ll use for years to come, purchasing durable, economical, and versatile presses like ours is actually less expensive in the long run. Even businesses with low marking production will find the benefits of Numberall’s presses to be unmatched.

For more information about our presses, or to request a quote, please contact us. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you have about our products or services.

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