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Compressed Air for the Laser Cutting Industry

Chicago Pneumatic are proud to introduce the new state of the art 16 bar compressor for laser cutting services.

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Laser cutting

Laser cutting, one of the thermal cutting methods, uses the focused high power and high-density laser beam to irradiate the workpiece, so that the material at the irradiated place will melt, vaporise or blow away.

From many practices, the main factors affecting the metal laser cutting thickness and cutting efficiency are the power of the laser cutting machine, they type of auxiliary gas, the pressure, and the flow rate of the auxiliary gas.

Air compressors, as the auxiliary gas provider, plays a critical role in laser cutting. When choosing an air compressor for laser cutting machines, those factors should be considered comprehensively.

The Quality of Compressed Air

CPM 30

The quality of compressed air has a very direct impact on the quality of laser cutting. The compressed air contains water mist and oil. If not cleaned with a high-pressure jet to the protective mirror of the laser cutting head, there will be serious consequences to the transmission of the laser beam, disperse the focus, and cause the product to be cut incompletely and produce waste products.

Therefore, the compressed air system must be equipped with a good dryer to remove the moisture in the compressed air as much as possible, and the high-precision filters must be installed after the dryer to fully filter oil and dust particles.

Once the compressed air is dried, the temperature returns to normal, which can effectively avoid condensation. Such high-quality compressed air can sustain the long-term stable operation of laser cutting machines.

With the development of professional laser cutting machines from small power to high power, the pressure requirement of the air compressor supporting the laser cutting has also increased from the initial 8 bar to 13 bar in the past two years, and now to 16 bar. Higher air pressure brings better cutting quality and higher cutting efficiency.

How can this air compressor help you?

With high outlet pressure we ensure:

  • Cutting speed and thickness
  • Blow away metal debris
  • High efficiency in cutting

With stable free air delivery, we can ensure the quality of the surface (smooth like a mirror) and with less water and oil in the air, we can ensure the lifetime of the laser heads.

Key Benefits:

  • 16 bar outlet pressure
  • Dew Point Controlled Dry Air
  • High Efficiency Coalescence Filtration
  • Activated Carbon Filter for Clean Oil Less Air

Chicago Pneumatic illustration of compressor - filter integration