Laser machining capabilities include data-matrix marking, allowing for a significant amount of data to be stored in a very small space. This process is typically used for marking small and difficult surfaces. Data-matrix marking works especially well for marking catheter components and long-term implantable leads. The data-matrix marking includes the creation of permanent traceability for medical device products. The product data can be entered via an electronic scanning process. This eliminates manual data entry and the inevitable errors that result.