How eco-friendly is high-speed laser cutting?

Saturday 5th June marks World Environment Day, an international event ran by the UN Environmental Programme to raise awareness of the revival and protection the World’s ecosystems. Here at Laser 24, being mindful of environmental issues is part of our DNA and we are always looking for ways in which we can reduce our carbon footprint.

Due to the industrial nature of laser cutting, it may be perceived as something that isn’t an environmentally friendly process. Here we look at how eco-friendly high-speed laser cutting is and how the advance capabilities of Laser 24 can help your business reduce waste.

 

Efficient fibre lasers that reduce waste

Within the laser cutting industry, advance technologies with CAD/CAM design, teamed with state-of-the-art machinery, mean fibre lasers cut with exact precision. Compared to tradition laser cutting methods, such as CO2 lasers, this exact precision means the entire process is quicker, uses less energy and reduces waste of materials.

 

High-performance machines that use less energy

It’s true that our advance technologies require significant energy to maintain the thousands of orders we process each year. However, compared to CO2 lasers, fibre laser machines can save up to 70% more electricity, making it a technology with one of the lowest running cycles.

The advance technologies of laser cutting machines simplify the whole production process, meaning less time in production and therefore less energy used than conventional laser cutting processes.

 

Well-built machines that last

High performance laser cutting machinery, such as the Bystronic ByStar Fiber 3015 12kW, are a significant investment for a company to make, both financially and because of the environmental impact of making them. However, these machines are built to last. The lasers have a lifespan of about 15 years, meaning less frequent replacements, helping to reduce waste.

 

No lubricants in laser cutting

Unlike press breaking, laser cutting does not require lubricant to protect the sheet metal from surface abrasion. Research shows that some lubricants can contribute to environmental pollution.

 

Can Laser 24 offer you a more sustainable Laser cutting solution?

At Laser 24, the efficiency of our high-speed lasers means projects can be completed with impeccable accuracy. Always striving to meet our customers’ requirements, we can work with you to find the best sustainable laser cutting solution.

 

Paperless and efficient ERP system

We collaborated with our strategic partners to develop an efficient ERP system. This is a key to successful automation, lean and sustainable production. According to a report to Ellen MacArthur Foundation – a UK environmental organisation promoting the circular economy, paper takes about 40 percent of businesses’ waste, severely impacting environmental conservation efforts.

This new ERP system will also significantly save our operational costs and improve the responsiveness in customer services as a study from the University of Edinburgh indicates that at companies, each staff member spends approximately 148 hours annually seeking misplaced documents.

 

How can we help you with your next laser cutting project

Thanks to our commitment to ongoing investment in world-leading machinery, we have the tools to deliver parts of exceptional quality at unbelievable prices.

For more information on the services we provide, our capabilities or to find out how we can help you with your next project, please call our team on 01268 733 883 or email sales@laser24.co.uk today.