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When it Comes to Laser Marking, What a Difference a Couple Decades Make

The barriers to laser marking have narrowed over the last ten years. Lasers were once too expensive, and required extensive training and experience. That’s changed, yet many professionals in need of laser marking systems assume this is still the case. So, if you’re looking for a laser etching/marking or parts traceability solution, we are here to set the record straight on turn-key laser marking machines!

Ease-of-Use has Never been Easier

The rise of computers in the 1980’s led to significant advancements in laser systems. As computers were directly integrated into laser marking systems, they became more economical and less expensive. By the late 1990’s, many companies had adopted them as the standard.

However, during this time they were still difficult to operate and needed routine maintenance from a specialized technician. Additionally, using them required a lot of training and programming experience. Now, laser marking machines are graphically oriented and as simple to use as a desktop computer. Technology has become so advanced that lasers rarely fail—most see over 100,000 operating hours before needing any maintenance.

Lower Costs Than Previous Decades

Though laser systems have decreased in cost, they are still significant investments. . On average, if you’re going to mark materials like carbon steel, stainless steel, iron, fiber laser marking systems will cost between $9,500 – $45,000 depending on wattage and automation. However, custom configurations can cost much more. But technological advancements in laser marking systems save companies time and money overall. These cost savers include:

  • Lower operating costs because there are no moving parts or mirrors to adjust
  • Lower running cost due to high wall-plug efficiency
  • Fast marking speeds with high precision and repeatability
  • Generally are air cooled – no water chiller required

Mark Quality has Significantly Improved

The mark quality of laser marking is unparalleled. They can be customized for different marking depths and always result in a smooth, fine finish or desired texture. These systems are high performers, consistent, and leave little room for error. Because fiber lasers are stable, and require no internal alignments, they can typically be moved or relocated without compromising the mark. Therefore, operators won’t hold up production by having to readjust the item. In fact, operators are in total control, which allows for more precise, intricate marks.

So, if you’re thinking about investing in a laser marking system, feel free to contact us. At Laser Marking Technologies, we’ve developed hundreds of laser systems for part manufacturers and businesses. We’re happy to discuss how laser marking can work for you.