Following the success of our article “how to choose a laser marker: 10 guidelines to avoid mistakes”, we decided to look deeper into this matter. Today, we’ll talk about what makes the price of these systems and where added value stands within this technology.
First of all, if we talk about laser markers, we need to make a distinction between lasers integrated into a production line and marking systems with an integrated laser.
The type of laser source influences the price. UV marking lasers are much more expensive compared to traditional fiber lasers.
You also need to consider the power (Watt) of the laser, which can considerably influence the total price. For example, a 20 W laser is slightly more affordable than a 30 W laser (usually 10% less).
Red light laser
Green light laser
The second parameter to consider is the structure of the system in which the source is inserted. Laser marker frames are usually made of aluminium, steel or, rarely, granite. Steel and granite are the best materials in terms of precision and/or speed and are more affordable.
Based on the requests and application, the machine structure changes to be more efficient and productive. The most requested and recommended components are the following:
Every component consists of different parts and can be fitted with various accessories. Therefore, how can we establish the price without digging deeper into the characteristics of each one of them? However, we can state that these elements are an important part of the economic value of a laser marker.
Accessories are another major variable. They optimize the laser incision system and are needed for some specific applications, such as the rotary axis and the 3-axis laser head.
Based on the axis movement, the component can be marked in more than one point, even where the surface is irregular
This component is used to mark tilted surfaces or surfaces with complex shapes. It’s also used to make engravings on different angles without moving the workpiece.
This system is important for applications that need geometric tolerance of the parts to be marked. It also helps find the correct focus distance automatically.
Smoke or particulate resulting from the engraving must be extracted. LASIT has developed an extractor particularly useful for die-castings.
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