Leaving Our Mark

Marking Systems

Our knowledge of the very beginnings of human history relies on engravings, those images and stories of early life that were impressed upon cave walls. The permanence of such work is crucial. Where coal drawings or paintings may have faded to invisibility, engravings have stood the test of time and have given us this beautiful trail to follow back to our beginnings. I think there is something in all of us that needs to be seen and known, that wants to leave something behind to say “I was here.” We all want to leave our mark in this world and often times we do this quite literally. That’s why it is so interesting to me to see how marking and engraving has evolved over thousands of years.

What began as a slow process, completed by hand for communication, storytelling, and artistic purposes, has grown into a huge industry with machines that engrave text, logos, and designs on a number of products. There are many different kinds of machines to choose from when completing this task. Pneumatic roll markers, for example, are powered by compressed air and have some advantages over other options. Pneumatic tools tend to be able to deliver more power and are generally much more durable than other options. They also tend to operate with more efficiency, but may call for additional equipment like air compressors and hoses. And if a pneumatic roll marker is the best option for the task at hand, safety should also be considered. Steel-toed shoes, ear plugs and eye goggles are recommended when operating pneumatic equipment.

We’ve come a long way since discovering and creating the first tools known to man, those sharpened bits of stone that became the first spearheads, knifes, and writing utensils. And whether we are engraving a line of industrial parts and tools for identification, or engraving the inside of a wedding band, it all comes back to that need to leave our mark on the world and on each other.