Five Trends In Laser Cutting

1. High power can improve performance and throughput

High-power laser cutting technology is increasing year by year.In 2015, 4kW laser cutting machines were frequently seen in the north American market.Going into the middle of 2019, the trend is for 6kW and higher high power lasers.These high power laser machines provide greater cutting range, faster cutting speed and improved edge quality of parts while improving performance and output.

High power usually allows you to cut thicker materials, however, the larger cutting range is only one advantage of high power laser cutting, and the faster cutting speed also increases production.

Since the introduction of fiber laser, improving edge quality has been the focus.The CO2 laser provides excellent edge quality, which solid-state laser technology has been striving to achieve.With the development of fiber lasers to higher power levels, the edge mass is significantly smoother, smoother, and now more similar to CO2 lasers.

The high power laser can also perform more nitrogen and air cutting in the thicker carbon steel.Nitrogen and air cutting can provide faster cutting speed, can also be cleaned directly after painting, need to be secondary processing parts.

2. New nozzle technology reduces gas consumption and increases cutting speed

There are various nozzle designs on the market.Some can improve cutting speed and reduce gas consumption, while others can provide reliable cutting performance over the entire cutting range.Each nozzle design is best suited for a particular cutting application, and each of these nozzles provides a different advantage depending on the thickness of the material you are dealing with.

3. High pressure gas cutting reduces the cost of parts

Traditionally, the air system has provided a pressure of about 150 psi, at which the cutting capacity is relatively low.Due to insufficient power using air, there are now high pressure systems of 400 to 500 psi, which is usually equal to the pressure of nitrogen bulk tanks.

High pressure compressed air is especially suitable for aluminum cutting.Other materials can also be cut, such as stainless steel, but the cutting edges of the parts may tarnish or gray.The edge quality of air-cut low carbon steel is also slightly inferior.

4. Laser automation increases flexibility and productivity

Loading and unloading can be laborious for workers, and the use of automatic loading and unloading devices and automatic control systems can greatly reduce the physical aspects of laser operators' work.

There is no doubt that automation can improve efficiency.Now is the time to embrace the future and begin the transition to a more automated workforce and work environment.

Many other components can be added to the automation system, such as conveyors, labeling machines, and so on.Different automation systems can be customized according to requirements.

Automation allows manufacturers to increase capacity without adding machines or staff.

5. Pipe cutting can meet the increasing demand of structural steel utilization rate

With the widespread use of residential and non-residential buildings, structural steel is becoming more and more popular.Thanks to advanced technology, buildings can be moved vertically faster by using pipes.Pipes are also preferred because they are more environmentally friendly, with metal recovery rates of up to 90 per cent compared with other structural materials, making them more "green".

Why do you have to use lasers to cut pipes?Because of faster cutting speed, high precision cutting and downstream manufacturing efficiency, laser is an ideal solution for cutting pipe and structural materials.