Your laser is a high-performance machine. It is critical for your overall shop productivity and efficiency that your CO2 lasers operate at their peak performance. With an industry-standard resonator gas, contaminants, such as moisture, hydrocarbons, halocarbons, and other impurities can get into the resonator chamber and cause premature aging of parts that reduces laser power and decreases laser stability. Damage to key parts and elements can lead to inconsistent quality, poor manufacturing performance, and ultimately lost productivity due to downtime for repairs and maintenance.
Using Linde’s LaserStar™ 5.5 resonator gas helps control laser operating expenses by keeping consumables such as mirrors and the output coupler cleaner, resulting in fewer repairs during maintenance and more consistent peak performance of your laser.
To ensure the best quality and optimum performance of LaserStar 5.5 patented (patents US6985507 B2 and US7058108) resonator gas, Linde begins with high-quality source gases (99.9995% pure), employs the use of proprietary purification technology, and gravimetrically fills aluminum cylinders. The result is a blend that is nearly 10 times cleaner than minimum industry standards and consistent gravimetric blend accuracy.
• Protects production throughput and your bottom line
The key to your laser’s productivity is clean optics and mirrors. As contaminants are put through your laser resonator, these critical parts get dirty and require cleaning. The dirtier your gas blend, the quicker your consumables become contaminated causing degradation in the performance of your laser.
For example, after using just two cylinders of a standard gas mixture that meets the minimum purity specifications, you may have run 5 cubic inches of water and 1 cubic inch of oil as vapor through your laser resonator, prematurely aging your laser resonator and diminishing laser optic performance.
Linde’s LaserStar 5.5 resonator gas is nearly 10 times cleaner than standard gas mixtures. That means you need to use at least 20 cylinders of LaserStar 5.5 before the same 5 cubic inches of water and 1 cubic inch of oil as vapor would pass through your laser resonator. By reducing water and oil by tenfold, LaserStar 5.5 resonator gas extends the life of your laser resonator and helps ensure like-new performance for longer periods of time, preserving your shop's productivity while reducing your maintenance expenses.