Is Laser Plastic Welding Economical?

Is Laser Plastic Welding Economical?

Laser plastic welding is becoming well known for its ability to join complex and detailed parts. In fact, the technology is driving innovation for products that were once not possible in the medical, automotive and consumer electronics industries.

However, there still exists a stigma that laser technology cannot compete economically with other joining methods. Despite the technical advantages, the initial capital investment of laser systems has been a stumbling block for the technology.

While there is truth in this and no laser system manufacturer will deny the higher investment, this is only one factor; many other substantial cost factors are often overlooked.

This paper will introduce those factors and broaden the perspective regarding the total ownership cost of a laser plastic welding system.

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