Fiber laser machines can increase your productivity and efficiency, allowing you to cut through even the toughest materials. If you don’t maintain them correctly, they can also break down and become more expensive to fix than they are worth.
In order to enjoy their full benefits, it’s important to learn how to properly maintain your fiber laser machine. This article will provide tips on how to do that so that you can get years of use out of your equipment without worrying about the high costs of repair or replacement.
Calibrate your machine with company-recommended settings.
Before you begin using your new machine, we recommend you know the right calibration. You can watch instructional videos on how to set up the machine and do a test run. One of the best things you can do is purchase the right consumables to know they will be compatible with your system and laser head, as there are many options out there. Plus, it helps keep you safe by using equipment that is verified safe.
Use caution when opening the protective panels during use, as these components are critical to running your machine smoothly and safely.
Change filters regularly.
A clogged filter restricts airflow and blocks the laser from fully shooting out. Replacing filters every recommended time of use can improve efficiency by 12-24%. Another way to maintain your fiber laser machine is by wiping off dust or dirt with a dry cloth, cleaning dust away with a brush, and vacuuming. Regularly cleaning your fiber laser machine will help keep it working properly.
Use high-quality consumables
If you’re not using high-quality consumables, your fiber laser may be causing more problems than it solves. It might sound expensive at first, but using quality supplies will make it last longer. It can also reduce the number of breakdowns in a short amount of time. Quality consumables are one less thing you have to worry about when running your business. This is because the machine itself does most of the work for you.
Run maintenance regularly.
The most important thing you can do is maintain your machine. Keep the system free of debris with a filter cleaning service, brush it off after use and regularly clean the optics. This will help make sure you don’t wear out your system prematurely and prevent costly repairs that could result from mechanical damage.
Lubricate moving parts correctly.
When it comes to your business, don’t be penny-wise and pound-foolish. You need lubrication in your machines so that everything runs smoothly and can continue without issue. Proper lubrication will also help protect the structural integrity of the machine and prevent them from wearing out faster than it should.
Follow these simple steps when lubricating moving parts of your fiber laser machine:
- Turn off the laser machine and wait at least 15 minutes after turning it off before starting any maintenance
- Place a small amount of the lubricant on a rag or paper towel and wipe over all moving surfaces
- Wipe in one direction across the surfaces, not back and forth; if you see smears, then move on to a different area
- Apply 1-2 drops of the lubricant onto rotating hinges and similar devices; do not use oil as it will accelerate wear from friction