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The Fiber Route

According to PTG Industries (Lake Mary, FL; www.ptgindustries.com) the use of fiber laser systems can provide a variety of advantages versus YAG or C02 systems for applications including marking, cutting and engraving. (The company offers a line of “FiberTower” Q-switched fiber lasers for applications on materials including stainless steel, aluminum, carbide, polycarbonate, titanium, nickel, PVC, rubber, and chrome, including automotive applications ranging from creating the characters on turn signal stalks to making serial numbers on spark plugs.) Among the advantage that the company claims for the fiber systems:Greater reliability: up to 100,000 hours mean time before failureReduced consumable costsReduced power consumption ($40/year at 170 W/hr)Increased power efficiency (up to 50%)Smaller spot size (50% of that produced by the other type). 

According to PTG Industries (Lake Mary, FL; www.ptgindustries.com) the use of fiber laser systems can provide a variety of advantages versus YAG or C02 systems for applications including marking, cutting and engraving. (The company offers a line of “FiberTower” Q-switched fiber lasers for applications on materials including stainless steel, aluminum, carbide, polycarbonate, titanium, nickel, PVC, rubber, and chrome, including automotive applications ranging from creating the characters on turn signal stalks to making serial numbers on spark plugs.) Among the advantage that the company claims for the fiber systems:

  • Greater reliability: up to 100,000 hours mean time before failure
  • Reduced consumable costs
  • Reduced power consumption ($40/year at 170 W/hr)
  • Increased power efficiency (up to 50%)
  • Smaller spot size (50% of that produced by the other type).