Users can save significant savings from using fiber lasers in their production. The amount you can save depends upon many things including your current process, materials, production environment, electrical and labor costs. Here are some of the savings:
- Higher Wall-plug Efficiency:Fiber lasers have unrivaled efficiency when compared to existing conventional laser technologies:
|Fiber Laser Ytterbium (Yb)||30%+ (>40% for ECO Series)|
- Cooling:The efficiency of the fiber laser also contributes to lower cooling requirements, which contributes to lower electrical usage. Lower power fiber lasers require only air-cooling. Higher power fiber laser require water-cooling that is generally more simple and less costly than for equivalent alternative laser technologies. Cooling also depends upon your particular production environment.
- Consumables/Replacement Parts:Because of the highly efficient design of fiber lasers (better thermal management) and the use of telecom-grade single emitter pump diodes in our fiber lasers, you can save on replacement parts (such as lamps and diode bars), labor and production down time. Many lamps and diode bars used in YAGs have estimated lifetimes of 2,000 hours and 20,000 hours, respectively. These are a fraction of the MTBF of IPG’s single emitter diodes of > 100,000 hours which mean that for the life of the fiber laser, you should not have to replace the diodes. In the all solid-state fiber-to-fiber design of IPG’s lasers, you save even further because there are no optics to adjust or maintain, such as resonators mirrors, crystals, fluids and filters, as in conventional lasers.
- Maintenance:Fiber lasers require no or low maintenance, depending on the output powers and other factors, as compared to conventional lasers. There are no optics to align and no warm up-times, as well as consumables/replacement parts. As a result, you can save substantial sums on maintenance.
- Capital costs:With fiber lasers, the same laser can cut, weld and drill, allowing you to lower your investment costs as compared to purchasing and maintaining different lasers and laser systems for each of these functions.