Maintenance and service costs of a laser machine
What are the costs for the maintenance of my CO2 laser machine? A frequently asked question that MetaQuip likes to explain. CO2 laser machines have various components which need to be serviced and replaced. The most common and important to take into account are:
- Laser source (glass tube)
- Mirrors and lenses
- Moving parts
Laser source - Glass tubes
Many wild stories circulate about glass tubes, with lifetime claims of 1,000 to 10,000 hours. All have a core of truth, but usually the conditions under which these claims apply are not mentioned. Suppliers of the glass tubes test the pipes with a continuous load of 80% of the maximum power and with an ideal water cooling that always has a 20-25˚C. Unfortunately, the situation will be different in practice; more or less power and much more on and off, think for example of engraving. It is therefore advisable to count on a shorter life expectancy when the maintenance costs of the laser machine are determined.
Mirrors & Lenses
Mirrors and lenses will have to be cleaned regularly. Unfortunately, there will always be stains and damage over time, so you will have to replace the mirror or lens. Lenses and mirrors in optimum condition always ensure that as much of the laser beam (and power) as possible actually arrives at the workpiece and increases the reproducibility during cutting. MetaQuip delivers one special cleaning set for mirrors and lenses.
The moving parts always get polluted over time. Fat "acidified" by the absorption of the vapors released. Some materials immediately deposit on the "cold" machine parts. This should therefore be cleaned regularly. MetaQuip has, in consultation with a specialist, one cleaning set for moving parts put together. This keeps the moving parts clean and functions optimally.
summarizingIn short, in time a new laser tube, occasionally a mirror and / or lens replaced and the materials to clean the machine. All these things cost money. If you take as a rule that you set aside € 2, - per hour that you work with the machine, you will cover all these costs over time. And you always have the means to keep your machine tiptop in order.
Which maintenance services does MetaQuip provide?
When purchasing your MetaQuip laser machine, you can also purchase one service contract or maintenance contract shut down.
In a service contract you can agree on a certain response time with MetaQuip, so that you can be sure that your machine will be operational again soon.
With a maintenance contract, a MetaQuip service technician visits you once a year to check your machine, to clean it, so that it stays in top shape even after a long time.