Regular cleaning of the laser’s lens prevents dirt from blocking the power of the beam. Photo courtesy of BITO, Copiague, NY
- What kind of maintenance is required and how often to keep embroidery lasers performing at peak capacity?
- For singlehead embroidery lasers, I recommend daily cleaning and lubrication of the embroidery machine’s hook. On the laser itself, you should clean the optical lens daily. Simply use a cotton swab with alcohol and gently wipe it clean. It is easy to reach.
Not performing daily maintenance will reduce the life of the lens as well as weaken its performance. A clouded lens blocks the cutting beam.
For a multihead laser bridge machine, the daily maintenance is the same. There’s more periodic maintenance on a laser bridge because it does a lot more cutting. You want to check once a week that the vacuum lines are nice and clean.
Another area to check is all vent opening and filters for the electronics and cooling fans. Keep these clean so air is not blocked. The system is self-lubricating so no need for oiling. Your electronic boards do not need maintenance, but if you ever are having an issue, it should be one of the first places to check.