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Top 10 Benefits of a Laser Photonics System
1.) Less Power Consumption (Reducing Energy Costs)
2.) Longer Diode Life (Reducing Maintenance Cost)
3.) The Same Unit Can Cut, Mark, Weld or Drill (Reducing Equipment Costs)
4.) Less Maintenance (No lamps to replace or Mirrors to Clean or Align)
5.) More Compact (Systems Take Up Less Valuable Floor Space)
6.) Easily Upgradable (Can Grow and Change Directly with Your Applications)
7.) Quick Installation and Start Up (Reduce Production Downtime)
8.) Fastest Cutting and Marking Speeds (Increases Production Speed and Output)
9.) Easy Integration (Can Quickly Be Integrated Into Any Production Processes)
10.) No Consumable Gases (Eliminates Expensive Annual Gas Costs
Less Power Consumption
(Reducing Energy Costs)
As energy costs rise and manufactures put more efforts into becoming environmentally friendly, Fiber Laser Systems for cutting and marking are becoming the system of choice. When compared to conventional CO2 and nd:YAG laser systems, new fiber laser systems are around 20 X more efficient when it comes to power consumption. This is a significance savings when added up annually and can have a large impact on a manufacturer’s bottom line.
Manufacturers and material processors are now looking at what impact their production methods have on the environment. Fiber Laser Systems’ low energy consumption is just another way these companies are becoming more eco-friendly. Green manufacturing is a reality and many customers are deciding on who they work with by the way those companies handle environmental and social issues.
Longer Diode Life
(Reducing Maintenance Cost)
The average diode life for CO2 and nd:YAG lasers are approximately 10,000 to 20,000 hours. Fiber lasers have an astonishing 50,000 to 100,000 hour diode life, therefore reducing the cost of maintenance on fiber laser systems. There is also less down time with fiber laser systems due to this longer diode life. With a longer diode life, the diodes will not have to be changed out as regularly and will allow your production to continue while others are down.
Same Unit Can Cut, Mark, Weld or Drill
(Reducing Equipment Cost)
Manufacturing and material processing equipment can be very expensive; especially when your process contains two or more different applications. A unique benefit of fiber laser systems is that one laser can operate different processes with the use of an optical switch. For example a manufacturer can operate cutting, marking and welding (etc.) machines all off of the same fiber laser. This is especially beneficial to companies who are experience growth or looking to move into different processing markets. Since the laser itself is the most expensive component of a system, manufacturers can save a considerable amount of money while expanding their operation in a more exponential manner.
(No lamps to replace or mirrors to change or align)
Fiber laser systems have less maintenance than conventional CO2 and nd:YAG laser systems. Fiber laser systems have no lamps to replace, so the cost of purchasing lamps is eliminated and there is no time spent aligning or changing mirrors. Both of these maintenances incurred from CO2 and nd:YAG raise the overhead cost of using these laser systems. Fiber laser systems immediately save you these unnecessary costs.
(Systems Take Up Less Valuable Floor Space)
Fiber lasers are the easiest form of laser system to integrate into any production process. With the small foot print size and flexibility of cables, the fiber laser system can be used in a much more efficient way. Whether you are upgrading your current CO2 laser to a fiber laser or integrating a fiber laser system into your manufacturing assembly line, ease of fiber laser technology will allow you to make this a smooth transition.
Easily Upgradable Systems
(Can Grow and Change Directly with Your Applications)
A huge benefit of fiber laser systems is that they can be upgraded and expanded easily and affordably. As production increases or new applications need to be implemented a manufacturer can upgrade their laser wattage or even add a new machine to be operated off of their current laser. Since the price of manufacturing equipment is expensive, many production departments are benefiting from being able to expand exponentially.
Quick Installation and Start Up
(Reduce Production Downtime)
When a manufacturer decides to switch their production method, a major concern is the amount of time and money they will lose during the process. Fiber laser systems have one of the quickest installations and start up times when compared to similar systems. This “Plug and play” technology ensures production managers that they sometimes can be up and running in an hour instead of days. This completely eliminates or reduces any money or time lost in the process of switching out a system.
Fastest Cutting and Marking Speeds
(Increases Production Speed and Throughput)
Production speed and throughput is a major concern for most production plants. Fiber laser systems have the fastest cutting and marking speeds when compared to similar technologies. This allows manufacturers to increase the rate they process materials while not having to compromise any quality. This benefit is one of the main reasons manufacturers are switching to this technology, especially companies trying to meet their current or future demands.
(Can Quickly Be Integrated Into Any Production Processes)
Fiber lasers are the easiest form of laser system to integrate into a production process. With the small foot print size and flexibility of cables, the fiber laser system can be used in a much more efficient way. Whether you are upgrading your current CO2 laser to a fiber laser or integrating a fiber laser system into your manufacturing assembly line, ease of fiber laser technology will allow you to make this a smooth transition.
No Consumable Gases
(Eliminates Expensive Annual Gas Costs)
The price of consumables in production is a cost that manufacturers are looking to decrease. Both CO2 laser systems and nd:YAG laser systems use high amounts of consumables in their day to day activities (i.e. Helium), while fiber laser systems use no consumables in their operation. Not having to constantly purchase consumable gases is a major savings point for those manufacturers who are now using fiber lasers to mark, cut, weld, or engrave.