Factors Impacting Power Consumption
The total power consumption of a laser system depends on three main factors:
Actual Processing Time
This is the amount of time the laser takes to complete a cutting and/or engraving job. In practice, 20-50% of the processing time is spent on preparing workpieces, as well as placing and removing them from the laser's work area. During this time frame, Trotec laser systems are on standby. Hence, they only require minimal power due to their built-in energy-saving function.
Laser Power Used
Each laser has a maximum power level (i.e. wattage) that can be used to process workpieces. However, that figure varies depending on the specific laser system configuration. For instance, a 20W laser has lower peak consumption than a 100W laser, if both are operating at maximum power. It is important to note, however, that Trotec laser system power levels can be easily adjusted. Therefore, a 100W laser, for example, need not be consistently emit 100W of power.
Using an exhaust system or a cooling unit (required for some lasers) also directly affects power consumption. Trotec laser systems are equipped with an energy-saving function, which regulates the laser as well as the exhaust system in order to save power.