Manufacturers of cigarettes, higher priced perfumes, premium spirits and other luxury products code their products so that they can control their distribution and resale. Lasers are used to apply such codes because of their ability to mark paper and board, glass and the plastics typically used in packaging. They are an attractive alternative to inkjet (continuous and thermal) because they are clean, reliable and low cost.

Manufacturers of ID cards must be able to mark these cards accurately and with precision. Lasers are an attractive option for such an activity because they are digital, reliable and clean.