Maintenance Maintenance

Maximizing uptime

Maximizing uptime
How novel designs and flexible training enable world-class service by Dahv Kliner, vice president of fiber laser technology, Ron Stevens, director of global service, and Michael Atchley, product line manager of industrial fiber lasers, nLight Inc.       In the past decade, fiber lasers have come to dominate laser-based industrial materials processing because they provide an unmatched Read full article >>

Clean it up

Clean it up
Laser cleaning equipment gives fabricators clean, contaminate-free parts and surfaces by Susan Woods, managing editor       Plenty of fabricators have a need for parts cleaning equipment. To get the cleaning results they want, they need the right equipment. One consideration is laser cleaning -- a versatile process that can be adapted to many different kinds of contaminants, substrates and Read full article >>

Proactive prevention

Proactive prevention
The (often) overlooked areas of preventive maintenance for laser cutters by Robert Farrell, president, Farrell MarCom Services LLC       As a manufacturing strategy consultant, Patrick Medlin puts his 25 years of experience to work to define and execute plans built upon the principles of lean manufacturing, specifically by increasing throughput while reducing inventory and operating Read full article >>

Laser longevity

Laser longevity
Getting the most out of a laser investment requires knowing all the variables by Glenn Binder, founder and president, Laspar LLC       Fabrication equipment, especially laser cutting machinery, represents a serious capital investment for any job shop, fab shop or steel service center. So it goes without saying that companies must make good buying choices and squeeze every drop of Read full article >>

Fiber care

Fiber care
Insight into the maintenance involved with fiber laser cutters by Susan Woods, managing editor         One of the biggest benefits of fiber over CO2 is maintenance. It is easier to perform maintenance on a fiber laser cutting machine than on a machine equipped with a CO2 laser because there is less of it required.   This means fabricators have even less of an excuse for not taking the Read full article >>

Weathering challenges

Weathering challenges
How CMMS consulting guides manufacturers through unpredictability and global changes by Paul Lachance, president, Smartware Group     It’s natural to fear the unexpected. In the manufacturing industry in particular, unpredictability from many sources can incite major financial and reputational losses.   Take Brexit, for example. Changes such as the United Kingdom leaving the European Read full article >>

Maintenance Must Haves

Maintenance Must Haves
Taking care of maintenance for CO2 laser cutting machines by Susan Woods, managing editor     While fiber is all the rage in laser cutting, CO2 is still the workhorse of the fabrication industry. If the CO2 laser cutting machine isn’t maintained properly, however, the end result could be costly. The warning signs that indicate there’s a problem with a machine include bad parts, inconsistent Read full article >>

Service must-haves

Service must-haves
When it comes to the potential purchase of laser equipment, the service and support offered should factor into the decisionby Abbe Miller, editor-in-chief   Witnessing a laser head traverse across a sheet of metal at lightning speed can be quite impressive. Besides the sheer wow factor, it’s demos like these that help business owners better understand the benefits that could potentially be Read full article >>

Managing Maintenance

Managing Maintenance
Maintenance software pumps up productivity, lowers costs and eases auditsby Paul Lachance, president and chief technology officer, Smartware Group Inc.   The productivity gains offered by high-tech laser technology can get a boost from another high-tech system: A computerized maintenance management system (CMMS).A CMMS – not to be confused with CMMs (coordinate measuring machines) for laser Read full article >>

The Powers That Be

The Powers That Be
Lessons on fiber and CO2 laser power requirements by Todd Jacobson, technical consultant, Laser Maintenance Group   As technology improves over time, we are conditioned to expect that the latest and greatest is always better than what we had in the past. At this very moment, in fact, manufacturers are working hard to develop higher wattage machines to speed up the time it takes users to Read full article >>

Laser Maintenance - When Is It Time to Trade in the Old Laser for a New One?

Laser Maintenance - When Is It Time to Trade in the Old Laser for a New One?
By Todd Jacobson Laser Maintenance Group Corp. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. For some companies there is a tremendous value in purchasing a used laser. But there are also benefits for buying a new one, which might go beyond the obvious price difference. For some companies the answer is obvious and for others the signs are present, but no one seems to notice its time to purchase a new laser. Read full article >>

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