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From YAG Lasers to Fiber: Why It’s Time to Upgrade Your Marking System
- Apr 07, 2017 -

From YAG Lasers to Fiber: Why It’s Time to Upgrade Your Marking System

At Maxphotonics, we offer a wide variety of  fiber laser for companies, and throughout the years.

And while you may be initially searching for a YAG laser now, what you’ll find is that you really need a fiber laser system instead. With the advances in the industry, YAG technology has become outdated, and the best way to improve your facility’s marking capabilities is by investing in fiber lasers.

What are the Differences Between YAG Lasers and Fiber Lasers?

To learn why fiber lasers are a better option for your company, it’s best to first understand the differences between these technologies:

YAG Lasers

These lasers are also known as flash lamp or lamp-pumped lasers, as they utilize a lamp (bulb) as a pumping mechanism and a YAG crystal as the gain medium. Both reside in an optical resonator, typically a gold-plated cavity, which provides reflection of the light and helps with the process of creating the laser light.

Though customers still utilize YAG lasers in manufacturing, this laser design is becoming obsolete because the bulbs have a short life and require frequent replacement. They are inefficient and create a large amount of heat, therefore requiring water cooling measures. These problems make the flash lamp/YAG laser very maintenance intensive.

Fiber Lasers

Fiber lasers utilize semiconductor diodes as the pumping mechanism and a doped fiber optic cable as the gain medium. In a fiber laser, the doped fiber optic serves as the resonator. Fiber lasers are the most reliable laser technology available today for material processing applications, offering the best combination of reliability and marking capability.

The many pros of a fiber laser include:

  • Highest beam quality

  • Air cooled with high ambient air temperature operating capabilities

  • Very efficient with low power consumption

  • Longest diode life (Up to 100,000 hours)

  • Extended warranties over other technologies ( Maxphotonics 2-year warranty)

  • MOPA design of Maxphotonics fibers allows for maximum application flexibility

  • High peak power and long pulse durations are good for high-speed aggressive marking and deep engraving applications

  • Easy to integrate and service

Fiber lasers are typically available in two different configurations in the laser marking industry: Q-Switched or MOPA. Q-Switched fiber lasers are reliable and powerful, but have limited flexibility compared to MOPA laser engines. Maxphotoncis offers MOPA-based fiber lasers in all of its standard products.

How Can a Maxphotoncis Laser Help Your Company?

As you can see, the superior technology and marking capabilities of fiber lasers make them a much more efficient and effective option. And with the ability to create custom marking solutions from our MOPA fiber lasers, Maxphotonics is able to work with any company to meet their unique application needs. Some of the industries with which we work include:

  • Manufacturing (engraving, etching, marking, cutting, welding and more)

  • Medical devices, implants and surgical instruments

  • Fluid dynamics

  • Military and defense, including firearms

  • Automotive

  • Aerospace

When it comes to the marking of all types of metals and plastics, TYKMA Electrox has you covered. Our lasers continue to be components in vital equipment, services and procedures that are leading the way in their respective fields.

Learn More About the Laser Marking Systems From Maxphotonics

We always look forward to maintaining customer support services on our machines, ranging from setup and training to troubleshooting, ongoing system maintenance and more. With Maxphotonics by your side, your fiber laser will always operate at the highest possible level, essential for the roles in which it will serve.

To learn more about our fiber lasers, and what makes them a better choice over any YAG laser, be sure to contact Maxphotonics today.