Galvo Driven Laser Marking Technology – How much does it cost?

Electrox FleXYZ System
Electrox FleXYZ System

Millennium Signatures Marking Systems Inc., specializes in various methods of product identification including Electro-Chemical Etching, Impact Stamping, Computerized Dot Peen Marking, Custom Formulated Inks & Solvents for Direct & Offset Printing, Tags & Nameplates, Vibro Etching and more, but our focus since the late 1980’s have been on our Laser Marking Systems.  Formerly manufacturing and integrating our own systems as Canadian Laser Technologies and for several years now we have worked exclusively with Electrox Laser as an exclusive Canadian Distributor and Full Service Field Support represenative. We have our own in-house applications lab and we have a number of technicians on staff that have a very advanced level of knowledge about Lasers, their applications and how to troubleshoot and repair such equipment.

There is no doubt about two things when it comes to the Galvo Driven Laser Marking Process, Firstly, it is undoubtedly the most versatile and efficient method of marking in existence and secondly, it has become considerably more affordable over the past 5-10 years.  The one question our Customer Care Center answers daily is “How much does it cost to get into this type of technology?“.  The purpose of this blog is to break the pricing down into some basic budgetary figures so you know roughly what you should expect when buying this type of Technology in Canada.

Base Laser System
Base Laser System

 

 

 

 

BASIC (CLASS IV) LASER & SOFTWARE

The answer is simply $30,000.00 Canadian Dollars at the entry level and as much as $60,000.00+ depending on numerous factors including additional features and automation often required for material handling purposes.

To start with the very most basic Galvo Driven Laser Marking System we offer, it be an initial investment of approximately $30,000.00 Canadian Dollars.  This would consist of our Raptor I (5-Watt) Nd:YV04 Laser Marker complete with Latest Version “Scriba” Operating Software and a 163mm Field Lens which would provide you with a marking field of 4.72″ X 4.72″ Square or 5.51 diameter round and a working distance of 7.24″ which represents the distance that would be needed between the output optic of the laser and the marking surface of the part.  Keeping with this same basic configuration, the lasers get more powerful and are designed with different optical combinations and features that will give different marking results.  Pricing for the Lasers themselves can span upwards of $50,000.00 Canadian Dollars.  This is technically everything you would need along with a pair of 1064nm – OD:6 Laser Safety Glasses and a PC to start marking parts with with incredible speed and precision.  However, this would be considered a Class IV System and it is not suitable for many situations do to the visual safety of others in the vicinity.

EMS-200 Workstation (Medium)
EMS-200 Workstation (Medium)

 

 

 

 

 

 

LASER + MARKING ENCLOSURE

Most Laser Markers today are sold systems which include a workstation or protective marking enclosure which meets Class I certification and protects both the operator and those working within direct visual range of the laser marking process. Marking enclosures these days provide a lot more than just visual protection from the process, they also provide tooling plates, fume extraction ports, built-in lighting, Manual or Programmable Power Z-Axis for focal height adjustment and built-in push button control among others.  These Marking enclosures come in a range of sizes and features and can be built custom to suit your unique applications as well. These marking enclosures start at as little $3,000.00 Canadian Dollars and can be as much as $15,000.00 Canadian Dollars depending on the model and features you request. These rough budgetary numbers are based around our standard product line and does not reflect custom design & built or modified workstations which can be more expensive and are quoted independently once all the parameters are known. The EMS-100 is the small entry level member of the family and is fairly basic with a manual door and viewing window.  The EMS-200 is the medium sized member of the series and it has a unique 3-sided pneumatic door assembly and Programmable Power Z-Axis Lift for the laser (as pictured above).  The EMS-300 is the largest of the non-custom enclosures we provide and it also is equipped with a Pneumatic Door Assembly, Power Programmable Z-Axis along with the capacity for larger parts and the ability to enclose a 300mm Precision Programmable X/Y Axis Table assembly.

OPTIONAL EXTRAS 

Once you have a Laser and potentially a Marking Enclosure you may be in need of additional features such as Linear Shuttles, Rotary Indexing Tables, Precision Programmable X/Y Tables and Rotary Attachments etc., allowing full circumferential marking to be done.  These features may be required to increase throughput or manipulate some products allowing them to be marked as needed. We do provide Custom Turn-Key Automated Solutions, but they are difficult to value without knowing the specifics of the application, however we do have a number of standard off the shelf extras such as our ZD-30 or ZD-80 Plug & Play Rotary Attachments for Circumferential Marking and our 300mm X/Y Table (XE Model) Precision programmable X/Y Axis Table Assembly. If these items might be required for your application, it would be advised that you need to calculate in approximately $4000.00 Canadian Dollars for the Circumferential Marking Capability and at least $20,000.00 Canadian Dollars for the High Precision Plug & Play Programmable X/Y Table capability. There are more than one model of Rotary Axis and more than one model of Programmable X/Y Axis Table available as there are varying levels of capacity, speed and precision, but the figures provided are meant only as a guideline to provide you with a concept of what the system you figure you require might cost.

There are many other options available such as Multi-Position Rotary Indexing Tables, Conveyor Systems, Pick & Place, Robotics and more than we can provide as a turn-key solution, but a full evaluation of what specifically will be required needs to be done before we can accurately provide any pricing.

COST OF OWNERSHIP

It was not all that long ago that Laser Marking Systems relied on water as their form of cooling and maintenance was a priority.  There was a water system to maintain which included water to change, filters to replace, periodic leaks and plenty of cleaning to keep the systems running efficiently.  In addition to the cooling aspect of these system, lamp pump systems required lamps to be changed a few times per year depending on use.  There was periodic alignment and tuning of the optical rail that was needed to power.  They were still far ahead of any other marking technology in terms of capability and efficiency, but there was still much to consider once you made the initial purchase.  Today, things are very different.  The Electrox Line of  lasers are air cooled and very compact.  They are virtually maintenance free for the life of the source.  These lasers are very different from the lasers of just 5 to 10 years ago.  The technology has really advanced and Millennium Signatures and Electrox has made owning these systems effortless.  It is all about the initial investment, the cost of owning and maintaining this equipment  is extremely low.  Once you have the system installed and start operating, the system operates very efficiently on a 110V circuit and required nothing else.  Some of the Marking Enclosures such as the EMS-200 and EMS-300 do have pneumatic door assemblies with open and close automatically requiring compressed air to be available, but otherwise no additional requirements.

Estimated life expectancy of the laser source is 50,000 hours.

LASER SYSTEM WARRANTY

Standard warranty on Electrox built Laser Marking Systems & Accessories is as follows: 3 Years on the Laser Source – 2 Years on the Electronics

On-site Laser Service
On-site Laser Service

 

 

 

 

ON-SITE SERVICE & SUPPORT

Millennium Signatures Marking Systems Inc., is equipped with fully trained technicians and the diagnostic equipment to repair your laser system on-site.  Millennium Signatures has an extensive back ground working with Nd:YAG, CO2, Lamp Pumped, Diode Pumped, Nd:YV04 and Fibre Lasers and maintains an inventory of parts in-house at our Canadian Service Center located in Burlington, Ontario Canada.  Furthermore, Millennium Signatures is backed by the Electrox Laser Network.  Electrox a part of the 600 Group has installations around the world and a strong presence in the USA.  Millennium Signatures serves as exclusive distribution and full technical support services throughout Canada.

For more information on our systems and services, please contact our Technical Sales Team at (905) 639-0909 or by e-mail at info@millenniumsignatures.com