Now more than ever, a growing number of engineering companies up and down the United Kingdom are making the switch to a state of the art laser cutting technology. According to the experts at www.regentengineers.co.uk, it really is only a matter of time until laser cutting takes over as the new standard and to a large extent renders a wide variety of conventional cutting techniques redundant. Rather than using physical blades and other tools to perform the cutting process, laser cutting makes use of the extraordinary power of laser beams to cut everything from metal to plastic to wood and even rubber.
Of course, actually getting up and running with laser cutting technology can be relatively expensive and there is something of a learning curve to traverse, in order to get to grips with it all. But at the same time, it’s impossible to read into the extraordinary advantages of laser cutting technology and not immediately understand why most established engineering companies are making the switch and not looking back.
Here’s a quick rundown of just a few of the reasons why laser cutting technology is simply superior to the conventional alternatives in every conceivable way:
- First of all, the fact that laser cutting processes are largely automated and controlled by computers means that they are inherently more accurate than manual cutting process by quite an enormous margin. Regardless of what it is that needs to be cut or how the cuts need to be made, accuracy takes a huge step in the right direction with computer automation.
- Still on the subject of accuracy, laser beams are able to cut a wide variety of materials with the kind of pinpoint accuracy even the sharpest blades and most advanced manual cutting processes simply cannot hold a candle to. This in turn means that regardless of how small, intricate and complicated the job may be, flawless accuracy comes as standard with laser cutting.
- Another benefit is the way in which it is a considerably easier to ensure that the material to be cut is held in place during the cutting process. It is often necessary to use extreme force to hold materials in place during manual cutting jobs, in order to ensure they do not move and compromise the quality of the result. As there is no physical blade or cutting tool, the material stays in place much easier.
- In terms of efficiency and output, laser cutting machines are able to deliver outstanding results at a speed that simply cannot be compared to that of traditional cutting processes. Across the board with every material and every imaginable job, the right laser cutting machine can get things done so much faster than any other type of cutting currently available.
- One of the biggest disadvantages of most conventional cutting processes is the way in which the physical contact and friction between the cutting tool and the material itself can result in the material becoming warped, bend or damaged. Either by way of excessive heat or force, it is often difficult to avoid this kind of damage. With laser cutting on the other hand, there is absolutely no physical contact whatsoever and heat is limited to a tiny area, meaning little to no risk of any damage or warping of the material.
- Given the fact that a single laser cutting machine can work to the same capacity as a handful of conventional cutting machines, they can be fantastic in ensuring that all space on the factory floor is used efficiently. In addition, the fact that only one machine needs to be operated and maintained can in turn lead to significant operational savings over the long term.
- Another benefit of laser cutting machines is the way in which any human operators involved in the process are kept a considerable distance from anything that could potentially harm them. This contrasts quite starkly with conventional cutting processes and machinery, which tend to be responsible for a great many accidents and injuries in the workplace every year.
- Last but not least, in any instances where multiple copies of the same product or component must be produced, there is absolutely no comparing the consistency of laser cutting technology to that of traditional cutting processes. The reason being that not only is the laser cutting machinery itself capable of producing exponentially more accurate results, but the fact that it is computer controlled guarantees flawless consistency every time.