Laser cutting machines are used for a wide range of applications and creations throughout the year and regular maintenance is vital for keeping it in optimal condition. This is even more prominent during the winter months, so in order to avoid any downtime, here are some tips for looking after your laser cutting machine.
Laser Cutting Machine Winter Problems
As the temperatures suddenly drop during the winter season, operating and storing your laser cutting machine in below 0°C will undoubtedly cause problems. The laser tube is water-cooled, so when this is used and situated in below freezing temperatures, the internal pipeline can crack, deform and overflow. This, in turn, will cause further damage to other core components.
Winter Maintenance Solutions
By adding antifreeze to water pipeline in your laser cutting machine, this will prevent it from freezing in the cold weather. However, due to corrosive qualities, always make sure you dilute it before adding it to the mechanism; if you add too much, it will affect the quality of light and the energy of the laser.
Removing Water After Use
After every use in the winter, you should empty the cooling water and clean the pipe; use an air pump or compressor to efficiently remove the water. Also, if necessary, remove the water chiller or pump and place it in a warmer environment to prevent the circulation equipment from freezing.
In order for your laser cutting machine functions properly, not only in winter but all year round, make sure it is stored in the correct environment. Room temperature should be between 15°C and 25°C with humidity between 40% and 70% and not in direct sunlight.
These requirements are more necessary in winter because when the temperatures drop in the evening, this can cause condensation in the laser tube and the hardening of greases and oils.
Expert Advice from AW Precision
By following these maintenance tips this winter, your laser cutting machine will carry on working efficiently throughout the cold months. Our sales and production teams have a wide variety of skills, so contact us if you have any further questions.