The YVO4 laser requires no additional operating costs other than the cost of electricity. Thus, the laser system is considered very cost-effective in daily use and is increasingly being used to replace traditional marking systems that use ink and labels. With both the YAG and the vanadate laser however, the pump diodes need to be replaced after approximately 15,000 - 20,000 operating hours. This is a disadvantage in comparison to fiber lasers whose pump diodes do not require regular maintenance intervals.
Unlike inkjet printers, laser systems are extremely low maintenance and have much lower running costs (no consumables, no blocked nozzles, etc.) and yet they produce a higher print quality. However, the intial investment is often considerably higher.
If the laser system is used to mark pre-printed cardboard, then a well-contrasted marking with a short marking time is produced on the substrate.