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Tips and tricks to optimize your productivity

Speedy laser engraving machines: Productivity by design

The 'Speedy' laser machine was developed to increase efficiency with maximum processing speed oof up to 3.55 m/sec and with an acceleration of 5g. The closed design, as well as the in-pack technology, assures that all important components will be protected agaisnt dirt and dust which means minimum maintenance cost and a longer lifespan. 

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Easily double your productivity: Higher laser power

Higher laser power helps maximize efficiency in your manufacturing processes and gives your business greater flexibility. This means profitability for almost all laser engraving and cutting applications. Consider these two compelling examples:

Cast acrylic

10 mm, plate size 40'' x 20'', 352 units with a height of 50 mm each

Laser power: 80 watts
Progress: 65 % finished
Time per unit: 29 seconds 

Laser power: 120 watts
Progress: 100% finished
Time per unit: 29 seconds

Anodized aluminum

Data plate, layout 27.5'' x 16.5'' 49 units per 4'' x 2.4''

Laser power: 30 watts
Progress: 48% finished
Time per unit: 55 seconds

Laser power: 80 Watts
Progress: 100% finished
Time per unit: 55 seconds

Reduce the workflow: Speedy flexx for metal marking

Raw metals can only be marked by the CO2 laser with the help of a compound spray or paste called Cermark. This spray/paste must be applied in advance, dry off and then it can be burned into the metal during the laser processing. Once the laser processing over, the excess compound needs to be washed off. 

When using a Fiber laser, the laser marking appears directly on the metal without the help of any compound. The preparation and follow-up process (applying, drying, cleaning) is no longer a necessity. This frees up the operator and allows him to work on other order and increase company productivity. 

Increased productivity of metal marking

Maximize the output: Save time thanks to templates

Templates are an extremely useful and time-saving tool if you need to laser engrave multiple parts in one work process. You will be most productive if you adjust the templates to fit the working area of the laser machine and thus maximize output.

We will illustrate this by using a ballpoint pen. It takes just 30 seconds to engrave one ballpoint pen. It take only 30 minutes to engrave 104 ballpoint pens using one template on the entire working area. All of the ballpoint pens are engraved in one process step. Time-consuming handling due to placement and removal of the template is no longer an issue.

Discover how easy it is to make a template to fit your workpieces.

Create templates

Reduce processing time: Vector engraving versus raster engraving

Depending on your application, vector engraving is sometimes a better method. Edging a plate for example is faster if you score the frame (vector engraving) rather than engraving it (raster engraving). In this way the border line is created as a vector (hairline) in the graphic. When engraving, the vectors are traced, while raster engraving works line by line in x direction. In our example you could save up to 2/3 of your work time if you score the edge instead of raster engraving it.

Read more about the difference and settings of raster and vector engraving:

Raster engraving versus vector engraving

Reduce processing time thanks to the optimization of graphics

In our example, we want the metal plate to be marked using annealing techniques. There is a lot of blank space between individual graphic elements. However, because this space is traced during the engraving process, the processing time increases. To avoid this redundant movement and save time, we have divided the graphics into several different vertical color zones.

Due to the lower engraving speed required for this process, aligning the graphics saves time. In our example, we managed to reduce the processing time by 25% thanks to the optimized graphics.