How lasers are used in industrial manufacturing
Laser technology has advanced to the point where it is now commonplace in industries all over the world, especially the manufacturing industry. They are used to help in heavy industries such as manufacturing as dexterity and precision is required throughout every project. Here at Yorkshire Laser & Fabrication, we supply laser solutions to a wide range of industries throughout the region and the country, focusing heavily on the manufacturing industry.
Here’s a look at some of the common applications that our lasers are used for today:
A single laser beam is now powerful enough to cut through wood, plastics and even metal and as such, laser cutting has helped to revolutionise much of the manufacturing industry. As our technologies have advanced so too has the power lasers can produce. Laser cutting is now becoming somewhat of a standard tool in many industries because of the benefits it provides.
Another great benefit of laser cutting technology is that it can be combined with other industrial technologies such as CAD/CAM. This means that many processes can now be automated whereas before they would have had to be done by hand. This helps to make significant cuts in manpower needs and production times which, in turn, helps to slash costs. This helps to make the final product more affordable and more suitable for mass markets.
As laser is concentrated into a very fine beam, laser cutting is very accurate. When combined with other technologies, it can be used to cut materials to exact specifications time and time again. Such is the accuracy of laser cutting that it can also be used in applications such as surgery, and the making of surgical equipment.
Advantages of Lasers Vs Conventional Cutting Methods
- It’s a non-contact process, and so there is minimal damage caused to the material and significantly lowers the risk of injury to the operator
- Due to the fast turnaround time, costs can be significantly reduced
- Material wastage is reduced as cutting is a lot more precise, leaving larger sections of material free for reuse
- Laser machines can work on a wide range of materials
- Increased control of cutting as the laser is focused on the precise planned cut
As advanced as laser cutting technology may seem, it is still in its infancy. As our technology develops, we will be able to produce ever more powerful lasers with greater cutting power and even greater accuracy. Some are even being developed as weapons for militaries around the world.
Contact Yorkshire Laser today and find out how we can help bring your project ideas to life.