In the 1980s CO2 Laser arrived in Australia and revolutionised sheet metal processing. And, just as its predecessor the CNC Turret Punch had replaced scores of John Heine Power Presses with their pillar and bush die sets, the CNC laser cutting machine was about to show the Turret Punch the same exit. See you later and don’t let the door hit you on the way out.
Fiber Laser is now similarly disrupting the market. Since the early 2000s, we have seen exponential advances in Fiber laser cutting. It only took Fiber five years to achieve 4kW cutting capacity ( It took CO2 nearly 15 years). After ten years, Fiber has now exceeded 12kW. (C02 never did)
The main advantage of Fiber technology derives from it’s monolithic Fiber to Fiber compact solid-state design. It is virtually maintenance-free and far more efficient from the power source to cutting head.
To give you an idea of the efficiency of Fiber v C02. A 2kW Fiber Laser demonstrates 5x higher power density at the focal point when compared to a 4kW CO2 metal laser cutter and far less absorption due to shorter wavelength.
The result is the Fiber 2KW cuts 6.0mm plate up to 5 times faster than the 4kW C02, and it does this while using far less power and with significantly less maintenance and service.
Advantages of an Ermaksan Fiber Laser utilising IPG YLS source.
- Cut up to five times faster with half the operational costs.
- No warm-up time is required. CO2 requires nearly 10 minutes before you can cut.
- Fiber has no beam path maintenance such as mirrors or lens cleaning, bellow checks or beam alignments.
- The beam path is fully sealed and therefore not subject to contamination.
- Fiber optic beam paths maintain consistent nozzle beam centring.
- The integrity of the cutting beam remains consistent from day to day, so the cutting parameters require far less adjustment.
If you are ready to be part of the revolution, call us to discuss the most suitable solution