After a challenging 18 months, many manufacturers are looking for opportunities to reduce costs and give an overdue boost to the bottom line with no impact on quality. As laser cutting operations often use a sizeable volume of assist gas, it’s worth re-visiting your gas supply service to ensure it is right for your business. The choice of supply method plays a critical role in ensuring costs and downtime are reduced.
Many laser operations are unknowingly paying twice for their laser gas. With conventional liquid laser gas supply, the delivery trailer is at a lower pressure than the gas tank. This means that pressure in the tank needs to be reduced by “venting” or “boiling” off gas into the atmosphere. Effectively, you are losing gas that you have already paid for and then paying again to replace it.
What is more, this entire refilling process can take in excess of an hour, meaning a significant productivity impact. Therefore, when the cost of lost output is factored in, the adverse financial result mounts up.
All of these costs are eliminated with the Air Products CryoEase® service. The CryoEase® service allows for high pressure nitrogen refilling avoiding laser machine downtime and wasted gas. Switching to a CryoEase® mini tank solution is a straightforward process and requires no capital investment. Tanks are sited externally, on a pallet or skid and do not require planning permission. From start to finish, once the system has been designed a CryoEase® installation can be completed in as little as four weeks.
Are you paying twice for your laser gas? How much could you save by switching to a CryoEase® solution?