templates-ballpoint-pen

Tips and tricks to optimize your productivity

Speedy laser engraving machines: Productivity by design

The “Speedy” laser engraving machines have been developed to increase your production efficiency with maximum processing speed up to 3.55 m/sec. and acceleration of 5 g. Due to the machine’s closed design, all of the important components are protected against dirt and dust. This means minimal maintenance costs. This in turn translates into a longer life and lower operating costs.

Learn more about the Speedy series

Easily double your productivity: Higher laser power

Higher laser power helps maximize the productivity of your manufacturing processes and gives your business greater flexibility. This means profitability for almost all laser engraving and cutting applications. Convince yourself with the two examples and compare the 30 and 80 watt output:

Cast acrylic

10 mm, plate size 1000 x 500 mm, 352 units with a height of 50 mm each

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

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

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

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

Anodized aluminum

Data plate, layout 700 x 420 mm 49 units per 100 x 60 mm

Reduce the workflow: Speedy flexx for metal marking

Metals can be marked with a CO2 laser engraving machine by using only. In doing so, the metal marking solution (a spray or paste) must be applied to the workpiece. When completely dry, it will then be burned into the material during laser processing. When the laser process is finished the excess must be washed off.

When using a fiber laser, for instance from the Speedy flexx series the laser marking will appear directly on the metal. Preparation and follow-up processes for applying, drying and cleaning are no longer necessary. In this time the machine operator can work on other orders to increase the company’s productivity.
The following contrasts two different ways of marking a stainless steel data plate:

Increased productivity of metal marking

Maximize the output: Save time thanks to templates

Templates are an extremely useful tool if you want to laser engrave multiple parts in one work process and thus save additional time. 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 thirty 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 go. 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

For some applications, like edging a plate, scoring the frame (vector engraving) rather than engraving it (raster engraving) can save a lot of time. 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, time is saved by aligning the graphics. In our example, we managed to reduce the processing time by 25% thanks to the optimized graphics.