How laser technology fits into your business’ green policy

By Varushka Padayachi
Digital Manager
Environmental concerns have become more prominent for all businesses in recent years; as we become more conscious of our impact on the world around us and increasing consumer demand for more sustainable products. With companies trying to find ways to reduce their environmental footprint without sacrificing profit or revenue, adopting green policies shows your customers that you’re dedicated to social issues and the sustainability of the planet at large.  

Laser technology is usually not associated with environmental health, but lasers offer many ecological benefits over other marking options and can help lower the cost of your daily operations; and have been effectively used in the place of many older, less environmentally friendly technologies. Laser marking decreases waste by not using harmful chemicals and reduces the number of harmful materials ultimately arriving at landfills. Traditionally, the marking of barcodes, serial numbers and logos generally involve additional labels or inks. By contrast, laser marking can engrave directly on various materials, removing the need for extra materials or harmful inks and solvents. Laser marking is a uniquely beneficial option for the environment as it uses no chemicals and creates no emissions. 

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Why laser technology is good for the environment 

• Laser markers have minimal moving parts. Therefore, maintenance tasks and their associated costs are virtually non-existent.  

• Laser markers use a small amount of energy, usually costing pennies per hour to operate.  

• Laser markers eliminate the need for consumables — no need for inks, filters, pins, belts, or other replaceable parts.  

• Laser markers are clean. Ink marking stations are very dirty and difficult to clean. Lasers allow you to have options; you can change your mark, material, or product with a quick software setting.  

• Lasers mark directly on the part, so there is no need for paper labels or plates to be added to the product; they only consume power when they mark.  

• Finally, laser markers are fast and efficient. Increase throughput while eliminating redundant processes. 

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Reducing the extent of waste 

Most of the traditional methods of engraving led to immense wastage. Therefore, there was a need to use environmentally harmful resources to remedy this wastage. By contrast, laser marking technologies help you engrave on various materials without the need for dangerous materials. Furthermore, when you minimise additional labels from the marking process, you’ll also reduce the extent of waste. Therefore, the introduction of laser technology has minimised environmentally detrimental resources to counter waste.  

The beam from a laser is not harmful to the environment as it can be viewed as a natural use of pure light and a great way for any company to reduce their environmental footprint. In addition, lasers also save manufacturing costs, provide a low cost of ownership, and help operators quickly realise ROI. 

Laser engraving is a win for the planet and can be a big win for your bottom line.  

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