What factors influences power consumption
The total power consumption of a laser system depends on a number of factors.
1. Actual working time
This is the amount of time the laser takes to perform an engraving or cutting process. In reality you can expect to spend, 20 to 50% of the working time on manual tasks (loading and unloading of the laser). Whilst not in use, Trotec lasers can be placed in standby mode and only require minimal power when in the energy-saving mode.
2. Laser power during processing
Depending on the machine, the laser has a maximum power which reflects the amount of electricity that is used, i.e. a 20-watt laser uses significantly less than a 100-watt laser. Keep in mind that not all laser jobs will use the maximum available laser power.
3. Extraction systems
Using an extraction system or a cooling system (required for some lasers) will also directly affect the amount of electricty consumed. Trotec’s energy-saving function regulates both the laser and the exhaust, so that neither is using power unnecessarily.