A laser machine is powerful and of grave importance in the metal industry. To protect yourself and the machine there are a number of things that you need to put into consideration. Here are some of the things that you need to do:
Protect your eyes
It’s impossible to see CO2 laser with your naked eyes, but the beams can burn your retinas within a fraction of a second if reflected in your eyes. To protect yourself, purchase CO2 laser safety goggles.
Clean the machine
Many people don’t clean their machines which is very wrong. Unclean scrap drawers, dust collectors, processing areas and ducting pose a thermite hazard. Thermite is a mixture of aluminum and an oxide of another metal. When ignited, it produces high temperatures which cause damage to your equipment.
A dirty machine is also unsightly and ineffective.
You should get rid of debris, grease, dust and grime as soon as you are through with your work. You can clean the machine on your own or hire a cleaning contractor to do it for you.
Be cautious of what you cut
In addition to metal, you can also cut wood, cardboard and acrylic without damaging the machine or posing any danger. You should avoid cutting anything containing chlorine, vinyl and PVC. It’s also recommended that you avoid cutting glass.
The reason for this is because some materials may start fire or give fumes that may harm you. Other materials such as glass reflect back the beams thus damaging your machine.
Laser machines come with software programs that allow you to control the machine. Unfortunately, not everyone is savvy enough to use the programs. If you are one of the people that have problems using the programs, you should consider buying a DSP controller.
A DSP controller is a tool that gives you freedom to choose the software that you want to use thus you don’t have to feel trapped using a program that you don’t like or find hard to use.
These are some of the things that you need to do to keep yourself and machine safe. For your laser machine to give you the service you need for a long time, you should buy a high quality machine. This calls for you to research and find a reputable store in your area.
It’s also recommended that you hire a laser machine technician to regularly inspect and fix the machine when necessary.