The YVO4 laser requires no additional operating costs besides electricity costs. Thus, the laser system is considered very cost-effective in daily use and is increasingly replacing conventional marking systems that use ink and labels. With both the YAG and the vanadate laser, however, the pump diodes should be replaced after approximately 15,000 - 20,000 operating hours. This is a disadvantage compared to fiber lasers whose pump diodes are not subject to regular maintenance intervals.
Unlike inkjet printers, laser systems offer higher print quality, lower running costs (no consumables, no blocked nozzles, etc.), and extremely low maintenance. However, the investment is significantly higher.
If pre-printed cardboard is marked with the laser system, a well-contrasted marking with a short marking time is produced on the substrate.