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Laser Engraving – A Profitable Process

Posted By Adrian

Laser Engraving is a well established process in heavy industry for marking and engraving tools, assets, products and many more. But it has only recently been adopted by start up business’ as a service to an end user and the general public. Laser engraving is a process which uses laser technology to engrave, cut or mark materials, using an intense beam of laser light.

Traditionally, engraving was performed using a rotating cutter, which would score the surface of the material in order to create a surface mark. These types of engraving machines were typically precise to a 0.5 – 1mm accuracy range and the finest mark possible was limited to the size of the rotating cutter. The smaller the cutter, the slower the machine has to move, to prevent damage to the work piece and cutter. This is where laser engraving excels; The laser engraving machine does not physically touch the work piece, therefore the machine can work much quicker and truly be a consumable free machine.

Trotec Laser Engraving
Trotec Laser Engraving

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CO2 Marking Fibre Marking JobControl

Flexx Lasers Mean More Value

Posted By Adrian

Being ahead of the 8-ball is key to success in any business; this is also true for the laser industry. The Flexx laser technology allows your business to be one of those success stories.

This article will outline some ways for your business to get the most value out of a Flexx laser. If you are unaware, a Flexx laser is a type of laser engraving machine that Trotec developed, which has both a Fiber laser and CO2 laser source in the one machine. More info here!

The two laser sources are selectable through the JobControl software which allows you to run both the CO2 and Fibre laser in the same job.

Flexx Job
Trotec Flexx Job – Multiple Materials, One job

So how can a Flexx laser benefit your business? Well, by having both laser sources in the one machine, you have the ability now to mark, cut, engrave or colour change any laserable material. If your competitors have limited themselves by only owning either a CO2 OR a fiber laser, by you having the ability to engrave any material gives you the upper hand.

By adding a Flexx laser solution to your business, it will allow you to expand what you currently offer to your clients. Now instead of engraving laminate plastics to make name plates for example, you will be able to offer Stainless Steel or Titanium at a premium cost. Expanding your range can reap larger profit margins, which were otherwise untapped.

Another great example of the abilities of a Flexx laser is the ability to create custom products from PolyCarbonate. PolyCarbonate is a great material as it will colour change really nicely when marked with a fiber laser and can be cut with a CO2 laser. A complete keytag, name plate, compliance plate or custom engraved photo is achievable with this material. Engrave whatever you want on it, then cut it out of the stock sheet with the CO2 laser.

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Marking Industrial Parts

CO2 Marking Fibre Marking Other

Benefits of Laser Marking Technology

Posted By Adrian

Laser marking a manufactured product is becoming essential in the manufacturing industry. Increasingly more businesses are aiming to keep track of their products, in order to reduce expenses and monitor stock. Manufacturers strongly believe that traceability will ensure suppliers abide by standard quality needs and that this will help them improve the quality of their product line, minimize recalls and counterfeiting.

Marking Industrial Parts
Marking Industrial Parts

However, deciding on the best marking technology for your product and business is easier said than done. Dot peen, laser marking, inkjet and electrochemical etching are all included in a broader domain that we know today as marking technology. All of them come with their own pros and cons, so before making a choice it is important to understand them. Suppliers typically select a effective method of product marking according to some fundamental factors such as; type of material, functionality, surface roughness & finish, mark size & dimension, mark quality, coating thickness, and mark serialization.

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