The Z Galva Standalone Laser, now offered by BITO, has a laser head with Z-axis movement and a variety of attachments that allow it to be used in a multitude of applications. It can be used for a wide range of textiles, including embroidery appliqué and certain rigid material such as plastics. With higher wattages, it can cut leather, other tough materials, mark wood and synthetics, and other hard substrates. It features an advanced frame design that allows the galvanometric scan head to hover freely over the work area with the ability to rise or drop to accommodate various heights and objects. Attachments can be switched out from the center area of the machine, depending on the application.
Garment decorators can expand their market by offering laser etching and material engraving to their customers.
Today’s advanced materials, mostly used in performance wear; include many fabrics that are ideal for comfort and absorbance but not necessarily ideal for conventional embellishment. By embellishing, we’re referring to traditionally known methods, such as screen printing or embroidery. That’s where an embroidery laser comes in strong. The laser can gently etch such fabrics giving the decorator a unique and subtle look that’s new and fresh. Such decoration is definitely distinctive and can be applied to areas that haven’t been known for embellishment previously, such as collars and plackets.
Using a LaserBridge, it’s possible to create unique applique decoration on banners, tablecloths, bedspreads, curtains and more. Here, you see a finished product, which combines embroidery with laser cutting to create an eye-catching piece.
An embroidery laser can be attached to a singlehead machine, a two-head machine or a four-head machine. Each laser can be programmed to do a unique job. This is the ideal setup when doing personalization in small quantities. Photo courtesy of BITO, Copiague, NY
- What are your options if you want more than a singlehead embroidery laser, but your budget and floor space can’t accommodate a laser bridge over a six-head machine?
Within the singlehead laser category, there are two options. The all-in-one option marries a singlehead embroidery laser with a singlehead embroidery machine. You can still use this unit to do only embroidery, but you can’t remove the laser and put it on another machine. Some manufacturers offer a two-head machine with a laser built into both heads.
In the all-in-one, the laser has to be installed at the factory, and you are limited to the brand of machine the laser supplier offers. You cannot choose an embroidery machine brand and get a laser installed.
The second option is a singlehead embroidery laser that is portable and can be attached to any make or brand of embroidery machine. This type of laser can be moved from machine to machine if needed. You also can purchase a two-laser unit that can be attached to two embroidery heads.
If you want to add lasers to a four-head machine, then you will need two two-laser units to do so. After the initial singlehead laser is installed, add-ons must be in increments of two.
The portable laser comes only in single and two-head configurations. So for a four-head embroidery machine, you would need two units.
A third option is a standalone galvanometric laser. The cost is a fraction of a laser bridge and more or less the same cost as purchasing two two-head embroidery lasers for a four-head embroidery machine.
A single galva laser can be stationed close to one or more embroidery machines, and the operator moves the hoop from the embroidery machine to the laser and back. It is more labor intensive than an integrated embroidery laser solution, but still much faster than any traditional methods of doing appliqué. A galva laser cuts at the same speed as a laser bridge, which is up to 10 times faster than conventional laser cutters.
Understanding Proel LaserBridge Technology
Proel TSI and BITO USA were at the TexProcess show, May 9-12, 2017 in Frankfurt, Germany. This is an international trade fair for processing textile and flexible materials.
The Proel LaserBridge machine was mounted over a Happy six-head embroidery machine and was in action during the show showing off its capabilities and potential.
In this series of four videos, you can see how it’s possible to create innovative, unique, home decorative accessories and fashion apparel that cannot be matched without the smooth, seamless productivity of a laser embroidery machine. This particular job was a window treatment.