Since the first introduction of CO2 laser cutting in the 1980s, fiber laser cutting has been one of the most "disruptive" technologies in the metal processing market. Fiber laser technology is considered as a "revolutionary" change because it has almost changed the entire status quo of sheet metal manufacturing.
So, from what aspects can fiber laser technology be a better choice?
1. The cutting speed of the high-power fiber laser machine is 5 times faster than that of the traditional CO2 laser, and the operating cost is reduced by half. Fiber laser machines do not require any warm-up time, while for CO2 lasers, it usually takes about 10 minutes to start each time.
2. The fiber laser machine does not need to maintain the optical path, such as cleaning the mirror or lens, checking the corrugated tube and aligning the beam. For carbon dioxide lasers, this may consume another 4 to 5 hours per week.
3. The fiber laser machine has a completely sealed fiber bundle path from the power supply to the fiber transmission of the cutting head. The beam will not be contaminated by the beam path like a CO2 laser.
4. Since the integrity of the fiber bundle remains the same every day, so do the cutting parameters. Compared with CO2 lasers, the amount of adjustment required is much less.
All the time saved by the fiber laser machine will turn into higher productivity and greater machine throughput!
Compared with CO2, the cutting speed of fiber laser is five times faster, the parts produced per unit time are three to four times, and the operating cost is 50% lower than CO2, which means that it will bring more production capacity on the basis of creating more production capacity.
All processes need to be carefully planned and managed to effectively take advantage of the speed advantages brought by high-power fiber lasers. Since the throughput is increased by three to four times while the operating cost is half of the CO2 laser, the economic benefits can bring lower parts costs, higher potential profit margins and shorter return time on investment.
For manufacturers using CO2 laser cutting systems, the switch to fiber laser technology represents a huge opportunity, which cannot be ignored.