Engineering Laser Technology

Important Uses of a Plasma Cutter – A Brief

Posted on August 14, 2017 at 1:46 pm

One of the latest technological developments in the field of metal cutting is the invention of plasma cutting. These plasma cutters are used to cut electrically conductive metals. Known that they are handy for cutting metals of different grades, these cutters proved to be an accurate and accurate tool with many advantages. Plasma cutting is a widely used technique for cutting metals, such as steel, using plasma properties. A plasma cutter, the tool used for this process, replaced the use of traditional torches due to some of the advantages it offers. As a result, there are many industries where plasma-based metal-cutting machines find some applications. (more…)

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Lesser Known Uses Of Laser Engraving

Posted on October 12, 2015 at 9:52 pm

Laser engraving is often used to etch an image, word or number onto a product, with high precision and accuracy. It leaves a clean and accurate mark on a vast amount of materials. It’s because of this versatility that it is used so often and often on things you may not have noticed.

Medical equipment often has markings etched on by laser engraving machines. Medical equipment is well suited to the precise and clean markings created by a laser, as the equipment must be sterile to avoid contamination.

Automotive parts are often engraved upon using lasers. This includes highly engineered machine parts. These parts cannot be altered in weight or construction, so mark-making techniques that would tamper with this are avoided. This is a reason why lasers are used to label these parts as the light, un-intrusive etching of the laser has minimal impact on the parts.

 

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Guidance for Designing an Innovative Product

Posted on February 26, 2015 at 1:40 pm

Product design consultancy mainly involves the provision of expert knowledge as well as proper guidance to clients interested in designing personalised conceptualised products. The relevant knowledge is provided through a series of structured paths making sure that the final design is not only robust, within budget and truly innovative but also safe.

In fact, regardless of whether you are looking to create new merchandise or simply looking to refresh the design of a particular item, make sure that the design process follows a path characterised by comprehensive research and is driven by prototyping, serious engineering works and in-depth analysis.  (more…)

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Engraving, A Brief History

Posted on February 21, 2015 at 4:51 pm

Traditionally, engraving is the practice of inscribing or etching a flat surface by physically cutting grooves into it. These grooves form the image of the engraving, different strokes and techniques can be applied to create varying textures and forms within the image.

When the image is complete the finished engraving can then used to produce prints, or just be left at this stage and remain a metal engraving. In order for prints to be made a layer of ink is applied to the engraving (or plate as it is known at this stage). This ink is then wiped down and cleaned up ready to be pressed onto a piece of paper. Pressing involves putting the inked plate and the paper together inside a press. The press applies pressure to the two, pressing the ink into the paper for a clean finish.

Pressing and creating prints is usually used within the arts for final pieces of work. The engraving itself produces a clean cut image or text which is enough for most modern requirements.

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Fibre Lasers – How Do They Work

Posted on July 30, 2014 at 4:21 pm

Fibre lasers are unlike any other cutting machine and that’s because they use a laser to target an area of metal and melt it, while gas is then used to drive away the molten metal. This machine is suited to metallic materials and that’s because it needs to conduct heat, which is easy to do with aluminium and stainless steel.

These machines are not the most expensive on the market but they’re certainly not the cheapest, and some of the large industrial pipe cutting fibre laser machines are high end and extremely high in price. They’re an innovative invention and they do not require a great deal of maintenance either. This is because optical adjustments do not need to be made and there are no lights that need replacing.

You have to be skilled to use this type of machine though, and it’s certainly one that’s built for the engineering and industrial sectors. It definately takes a lot to break through metal accurately, but these machines will easily cut through hefty chunks.

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Industrial Laser Marking – Versatile Technology

Posted on July 29, 2014 at 9:16 am

A laser is one of the latest technologies being implemented by most industries due to its cost effectiveness and versatility. Presently, lasers are very essential for Industrial laser marking applications. It is mostly preferred for marking due to its high speeds, flexibility as it is computer controlled and its permanence. It is important to understand the various types of lasers used in the marking processes.

Types of Lasers used for Marking
The CO2 lasers are mostly used to create codes that are permanent and can be traced in their lifetime. They reduce the manufacturing costs and they are able to be integrated with the automated systems. On the other hand, excimer lasers are used for marking process using various UV wavelengths of a laser. The wavelengths include 193 nm,157 nm, 248 nm and 308 nm. This type of a laser is mainly used for inkjet nozzle drilling and making the markings on eye glasses. There are also the YAG lasers that are able to produce different wavelengths and its most versatile is the Infrared that is 1064 nm. It is used to mark various materials like plastics, ceramics, metals and composites.

Processes
Each material requires a different process to be laser-marked. The various processes involved in marking are differentiated with the way they leave the surface of the material they are used to mark. There are some materials that do not need to have their surfaces altered and hence use different processes for marking than other materials whose surface needs to be altered.

The following are some of the processes used in laser marking:
1. Surface Annealing
This process draws carbon and oxides from the base of the materials being marked in order to get a mark that contrasts with the rest of the material. The beam used to mark the material produces a contrasting line that is sharp to the surrounding area. This creates a minimal or no penetration at all. This process is best used for applications that require having a surface that is undamaged, smooth and with a contrast. It is mainly used for tooling, bearings and medical implanting.

2. Surface Etching
It refers to the ability of altering the reflectivity and enhancing the contrast of most metals by changing their surface finish. It is a common technique for applications that have a penetration depth of 0.0001” deep.

3. Ablating
It is another technique of industrial laser marking by creating a contrast. The process ensures that the contrast is made without causing any damage to the base material. It is used mainly on backlit buttons, anodized aluminum and on painted steel.

4. Specialty Marking
This technique is mostly used to mark plastics. Heat can be used to change the contrast while a chemical change can result when heat is coupled with a wavelength. This process is mostly used to make products traceable. This makes it possible to trace a certain product back to its manufacturer.

All the above are some of the important lasers and laser techniques that are used for marking lasers. They help one understand the whole process of laser marking as well as its uses. It is a great method for industries to use owing to its advantages that are reduction in manufacturing costs, permanence and higher speeds.

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Best petroleum cutting systems available for you

Posted on March 21, 2014 at 5:24 pm

Petrogen cutting systems are high quality technologies used by professionals such as soldiers and engineers to cut through steel. They are also very useful to rescue and search teams in tackling the most difficult obstacles that require steel cutting systems . They have a wide range of applications because they are available in interchangeable designs . This means that petrogen parts are usable in any tip ,torch or tank configuration. Petrogen cutting systems are therefore designed to meet all your steel cutting requirements. They easily adopt to your everchanging needs due to their versatilty.

Advantages of Petrogen Cutting Systems

– They are easily portable due to their smaller fuel tank and lighter fuel;
-They use standard gasoline which is readily available in most places;
– They have high safety levels because their fuel lines have no vapour and therefore there are limited chances of fuel line back flash ;
– They are more economic because they use gasoline instead of acytelene which is more expensive;
-They have high performance levels because oxy- gasoline flame cuts faster ,more precise and has no residual slag;
– They are more friendly to the environment because gasolene flame is highly oxidising and therefore airborne contamination is minimised.

In view of the many clear advantages of petrogen cutting systems, they should be your steel cutting technologies of choice

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Demystifying The Control Panel Manufacturer

Posted on November 21, 2013 at 9:46 am

Before defining a control panel manufacturer and their work, it is important to define the control panel. A control panel is a surface where instruments used to monitor a working system are placed. This is the point from which the individual controlling the system will identify the status of the system. These manufacturers benefit many industry players by developing other elements and providing solutions such as developing winding cables, winding wires, and various other handling components. It is such a diversification of the manufacturer that makes them very crucial in finding working solutions for problems that are bound to occur.

Process Control Systems

A good control panel manufacturer will ensure that the design used in developing the panels is easy to use and repair. Most of these panels have a universal design and can be used on the most basic machinery. Process control systems that make use control panels include pneumatics, motors, and pumps. The control panel is meant to provide is user with an interface and the appropriate feedback. The panel would normally be found at the operator station or the terminal box. These locations are generally easy to identify and locate. However, each panel is tailored to meet the specific needs of the machinery in question.

The Motor Control

Generally, a control panel manufacturer will be involved in the design and development of the motor control. This requires a reliable level of experience in the Ac and DC areas of expertise. When a project is initiated, the manufacturer provides the client with the advice on the best motor to use. This includes the motor control or even a complex multi-drive process. All this depends on the level of machinery that will be in use by the client. The manufacturer is also expected to provide a cost effective solution.

Software

Software is also an important aspect of the modern control panel manufacturer. Old control panels are often equipped with knobs, push buttons, and other analog instruments. However, the modern control panel normally comprises of touch screens that feature advanced software. The manufacture is therefore expected to be with an advanced knowledge in the development of the software used by such panel. Projects run by industry players such as nuclear facilities, water facilities, and automotive factories make use of these panels. These are sensitive facilities that cannot afford any form of minor errors as they may have far-reaching consequences.

Project Management, Consultation, and Installation

Most of the clients who require a control panel will require a customised panel that satisfies their requirements. To identify the appropriate panel equipment will require the client to receive appropriate advice from the manufacturer. This advice will also incorporate the list of components that are cost effective. The consultation process leads to the project management and finally the installation. Once the panel is fitted on the machinery, the testing process can commence.

The control panel manufacturer is more than a manufacturer. The manufacturer has a host of responsibilities that see the client receive the best product and service. All this is aimed at ensuring that the involved parties function as expected. In the end, it is clear that what many people thought to be the sole function of the manufacturer is just but a part of a bigger picture, a bigger responsibility on the part of the manufacturer.

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Compressed Air Dryer Solutions

Posted on October 30, 2013 at 10:27 am

In the modern world, air compressors are nearly an essential for any industry and manufacturing plants. The main purpose of the air compressor is to convert energy from the diesel or fuel source to kinetic energy for use in the industry. The process is easily accomplished by compressing air in pressurized air tanks. Compressed air plays a crucial role in homes and industries , the air is simple to use but it is complicated to create as well as high costs involved. A typical compressed air system is composed of distribution equipments, storage, cooling and compression compartments.   The compressor to be used depends on the reliability, cost, size and the kind of application run by the company. The application of compressed air dryers depends on the degree of dryness needed, consistency, cost and the climatic conditions prevailing in the place of operations. Compressed air dryers mainly function in the removal of contaminants, water and other things from the compressed air. The most effective way of drying compressed air is by cooling, collecting the moisture that undergoes condensation and then heating the air to the desired temperature. The dryers use different tools such as membrane filtration, desiccant adsorption, refrigeration and compression to remove all the water and contaminants in the air. Inline compressed and membrane technologies are used in these types of dryers, to prevent tool decomposition and problems associated with water.  When looking for compressed air dryers in the United Kingdom, the dew point, pressure, drying capacity, operating temperature and motor power are some of the factors to consider when buying it in the UK.

Drying capacity in this context is the maximum volume of air, which the dryer is at usually. Dew point on the other hand, is the measure of dryness , it is crucial in determining the water vapor present and the temperature in which the compressed air can get before turning to liquid form. Motor power is a value used in describing capacity, pressure and the dryer size, while the operating temperature refers to the ambient range of required temperature for the machine to function effectively. Compressed air dryers used in industries can be put into three categories these include refrigerant dryers, regenerative desiccant dryers and deliquescent dryers. Refrigerant dryers functions by cooling the incoming air to 1-3 degree Celsius, this is the temperature at which water condenses which in turn is collected in the separator. The desiccant is a salt derivative and it dissolves the water and collects at the lower side of the tank making easy to be removed. The main idea behind the use of a chloride or salt derived desiccant is that they tend to have a high affinity for water. Regenerative dryers mostly use silica gel as the desiccant to absorb moisture and absorb any contaminant this makes the air achieve dew point of -40 degree Celsius, which is the lowest temperature when compared to the others. The lower dew points ensure that no water condenses in the system even at super low temperatures.

In summary dryers are essential in the optimal functioning of the industrial plants and the effectiveness of various industrial machines.

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Advantages of Laser Engraving

Posted on October 16, 2013 at 2:41 pm

In the current world, many firms require logos, marking or branding on their components. The marks are either serial numbers, codes, user instructions or the company logo. The latest technology used in making such markings is laser technology, laser technology has several benefits. Some of the other benefits of laser engraving are that it can be used to engrave ceramic, wood, glass, plastic or metals. Another benefit of laser engraving is that the mark is permanent and flexible; this is possible through directed marking where labels can be avoided. There are a lot of laser marked components around us from the car dashboards, mobile phone pads, cooker knobs, computer keyboards et cetera. Laser engraving is beneficial in that there is no tear and wear on the component being marked; also marking of small objects is possible as well as areas where normal marking technology can reach. Some other benefits of laser engraving are that the procedure is eco-friendly and time saving, it does not cause any deformation or damage to the object being marked. The mark on the component is not affected by water or exposure to the sun.

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