What determines how much power a laser uses?
The energy consumption of a laser depends on a number of factors.
1. Actual working time
This is the amount of time the laser is actively working and processing the job, engraving, cutting and marking In reality between 20% to 50% of the working time will be spent on on manual tasks (loading and unloading of the laser). During breaks and rest periods, Trotec lasers can be placed in standby mode, so they only require minimal power. This can be best described as energy saving mode.
2. Laser power used for processing
The maximum laser power of the machine will directly affect 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 all of the available laser power, they will only use the watts selected.
3. Extraction systems
Using an extraction system and/or a cooling system (required for some lasers) also affects power usage. Trotec’s energy-saving function automates the operation of both the laser and the exhaust, so that neither is using power unnecessarily.