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From your Service and Support Team at Engraver’s Network

Nov 18, 19 • Front Page, News, TipsNo Comments

From your Service and Support Team at Engraver’s Network
 
As we expand and improve the resources we offer our customers, we would like to assure you that we are still fully equipped and ready to provide ongoing service and support for Universal Laser Systems and Vision Engraving and Routing Systems. You will get the same exceptional service – including access to replacement parts, and technical support from the team you know and trust. 
 
We look forward to growing our business relationship into 2020 and beyond.
 
Sincerely,
 
Robert and Susan Hensley

 

 

One laser system, many possibilities

Nov 18, 19 • Front Page, News, TipsNo Comments

One Laser System, Many Possibilities

Laser marking machines have quickly become a leading technology for companies of all sizes who need to mark parts or labels for quality or traceability. Suitable for a broad range of marking applications, laser marking is the ideal method for providing fast, durable, flexible, material-friendly, and biocompatible proccessing. Additionally, laser machines offer unbeatable time-saving benefits and new possibilities for many different applications.


High-speed laser marking of metals and plastics

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Laser Engraver VS. Laser Cutter

Nov 11, 19 • Front Page, News, TipsNo Comments

What is the difference between a laser engraver and a laser cutter?

Sometimes people ask us what the difference is between laser engravers and laser cutters. The answer? Not much. Most flatbed CO2 laser machines can engrave and cut (Trotec included) so laser engravers and laser cutters are one and the same. They are just called a “laser cutter” or a “laser engraver” based on what their main use is. Though you can generally accomplish both tasks, some lasers were designed with features geared toward laser cutting (such as a pass-through and larger bed size) or toward laser engraving (such as high-speed processing or smaller bed sizes). 

Below is a detailed explanation of the laser cutting and laser engraving processes.


How does laser engraving work?

During laser engraving, the laser processes a shape, graphic or picture represented by a raster file such as a JPG or PNG. The process involves removing the material in a design in a horizontal motion, point by point, line by line, similar to the way a printer works. This processing method is called grid engraving.  You can engrave surfaces or shapes with many designs including photos, pictures, logos, inlays, fine to thick lettering, and stamps, to name a few.

More about the precise process of raster engraving


How does laser cutting work?

Laser cutting is a “thermal separation” process, which means that the heat from the laser beam cuts through the material (as opposed to removing material like engraving does). During the process, a line-based (or “vector” file) such as an EPS, AI or Cdr file is sent to the laser, and the laser traces the design and cuts the shape with the laser beam. As with engraving, a wide variety of materials can be used.

vector-based laser engraving

The laser cutting process can be used to cut shapes (such as letters, signs and tags) as well as items that have been engraved.

More about the precise process of laser cutting

 

Can Trotec laser machines do both, engraving and cutting?

Yes. Trotec laser machines perform both processes. Our comprehensive product offering includes a wide range of laser machines that can engrave and cut many different materials, including laser machines includes lasers that are geared toward cutting tasks (SP Series), and lasers that are geared toward engraving (Speedy Series). The machines are well equipped with features (e.g. cutting tables, lenses) for the respective tasks.

Primarily for laser cutting

We design and adapt our laser machines to meet the needs of our customers. Since laser cutting tasks often involve large materials, our laser cutting machines were designed with larger bed sizes and pass through options. They can process a wide range of materials including acrylics, wood, MDF, cardboard, and textiles, to name a few. They are also available with higher laser power wattage so thay can cut quickly and precisely with a clean edge. More on laser cutting.

Laser Cutter – SP series

 

For those mainly interested in laser engraving

Our Speedy series laser engravers are a great choice for those mainly interested in laser engraving. They are offered with a number of bed sizes and power options and can laser engrave a wide range of materials including glass, wood, plastic, leather, paper, stone, textiles, and more. Operators who use their lasers mainly for engraving often require smaller work areas and high-speed processing. With processing speeds as fast as 140 in./sec and bed sizes from 24 x 12 in. to 39 x 24 in., Speedy laser machines are a great choice for those primarily interested in laser engraving.

Laser Engraver – Speedy series

 

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Trotec Laser, Inc. Acquires Engravers Network

Nov 5, 19 • Front Page, News, TipsNo Comments

Trotec Laser, Inc. Acquires Engravers Network
Laser Manufacturer Purchases Major Distributor of Laser Systems

Plymouth, Mich., Oct. 16, 2019 – Trotec Laser, Inc. announced today that the company has acquired the assets of major laser distributor Engravers Network. Effective immediately, the acquisition gives the laser manufacturer opportunities to extend its market reach and broaden the services and support for new and existing customers.

Trotec is a leading international provider of advanced, high-speed laser equipment for cutting, engraving and industrial marking. Established in the United States in 2002, the company

has grown to almost twenty times its original size during the past decade. Trotec offers a complete range of support—including industry-leading laser systems, an extensive line of laser and engraving materials, and expert support and resources. Businesses who use a Trotec have access to many resources that help them grow business, including an extensive library of online tutorials, guides and application files, expert technical and applications support, and educational workshops held at regional service and support centers located throughout the country.

Located in Arlington, Texas, Engravers Network is a major distributor of lasers and mechanical marking and engraving systems, and also provides accessories and supplies, training, technical support, and used laser and engraving equipment. Since the business was started in 1985, Engravers Network has demonstrated an unwavering focus and ongoing commitment to customer relationships by offering a broad range of solutions and support.

“We are thrilled about this partnership and the benefits it will provide to customers,” says Warren Knipple, President at Trotec Laser, Inc. “Engravers Network brings valuable experience and knowledge to the table that will broaden our resources so we can provide our customers with the highest quality products, and the best technical, operational, and applications support.”

Knipple says that Engravers Network and Trotec are a great match because the two companies share a common vision and approach: To help customers succeed and grow by offering a complete range of products, services and support. 

“Our mission at Trotec has always been to help our customers become more profitable,” Knipple explains. “Our approach includes offering a full spectrum of products, services and support to the laser user community. In the same manner, Engravers Network has spent more than three decades using this approach to build and support its community of laser users.”

Trotec plans to maintain the laser distributor’s physical locations in Arlington and Houston, Texas, where members of the Engravers Network staff, will continue to support existing and new customers.

“Joining forces with Trotec allows us to add new capabilities and resources that will enhance the service and support we provide to our customers,” says Robert Hensley, president and founder of Engravers Network. “We are looking forward to seeing how this will help grow businesses and create opportunities for our customers.”

About Trotec:
Trotec Laser is a leading international provider of advanced, high-speed laser equipment for cutting, engraving and industrial marking. With the broadest product line on the market, Trotec systems are used to cut, engrave or mark a wide range of materials including wood, paper, metal, acrylic, leather, stone, plastics, and more. The company’s extensive line of quality laser systems, coupled with its unmatched service and support offerings, have made Trotec one of the industry’s leading resources for computer controlled engraving equipment and marking systems. Trotec highly values innovation and R&D; in fact, over a decade ago Trotec developed the world’s first laser system that combines CO2 and fiber laser technology in one machine. All major equipment components and products are manufactured in the U.S. and Austria. Trotec machines are currently used in more than 90 countries around the globe. With 500 employees working in 17 international sales branches, Trotec offers customers an international service and sales network. Trotec’s U.S. presence is headquartered in Plymouth, Mich., with additional service and support centers in Anaheim and the San Francisco Bay area, Calif., Arlington, Texas, Atlanta, Ga, Hillsborough, N.J., Raleigh, N.C., Dade City, Fla., Phoenix, Ariz., and the Seattle area. For more information, please visit www.troteclaser.com.

Contact for further information:
Trish Steding
Tel.: 866-226-8505
Email: sales@troteclaser.com

Vision 10 Tool Paths Grouped With Objects

Sep 9, 19 • Front Page, News, TipsNo Comments

In the Vision 10, tool paths are grouped with the objects they are put on which is not always desired.  To change this setting and have the tool paths separate, go to the top ribbon in the vision software, left click on Options, hover cursor over Vision Setup, left click on System Preferences.

Once inside System Preferences, left click on Tool Path Preferences at the top, uncheck Group tool paths with originals, and left click on Apply at the bottom.

By setting up the software this way, you can move the tool path, node edit tool path (which have to do to apply bridges), etc.

— Vision Engraving & Routing Systems, August 2019

Laser Marking with Trays

Jul 2, 18 • Front Page, News, TipsNo Comments

 

 

 

 

How to use trays or templates to minimize handling requirements

Want to mark several parts in one operation to save time? Trays are very useful tools for that purpose. Depending on the batch size and required marking time, you can also use larger laser workstations. This allows you to mark more components in one operation and maximize output. Thus time-consuming handling through loading and removal is reduced. Here is a time comparison when using a SpeedMarker 700 and SpeedMarker 1300.


40% more productivity by using a SpeedMarker 1300 and large trays

Comparison: Laser marking a metal bracket with SpeedMarker 700 and SpeedMarker 1300

In our example, we engrave this metal bracket with a SpeedMarker 700 and a tray for 3 pieces. In comparison to that, we engrave 24 pieces in a SpeedMarker 1300 with a tray with the same laser parameters. Projected to 240 pieces, this results in a productivity increase of 16 minutes or 40%.

Time calculation SpeedMarker 700
Piece/workpiece carrier 3
Laser time/piece 5.25 seconds
Opening and closing time 4 seconds
Traverse axes 0 seconds
Loading and unloading/workpiece carrier 10 seconds
Time/workpiece carrier 29.75 seconds
Repetitions 80
Time/240 pieces 39 mins 40 seconds
Time calculation SpeedMarker 1300
Piece/workpiece carrier 24
Laser time/piece 5.25 seconds
Opening and closing time 4 seconds
Traverse axes 2 seconds
Loading and unloading/workpiece carrier 10 seconds
Time/workpiece carrier 142 seconds
Repetitions 10
Time/240 pieces 23 mins 40 seconds

Conclusion: By reducing time-consuming handling, you can increase productivity by 40%

The laser time, the opening and closing of the door in automatic mode and the loading and unloading of the workpiece carrier take the same amount of time with both laser machines. With the SpeedMarker 1300, the axes move to take advantage of the entire working space. This takes a total of 2 seconds per workpiece carrier. The deciding factor is the necessary repetitions. While the loading and unloading as well as the opening and closing of the door only takes place 10x with the SpeedMarker 1300, this process repeats a total of 80x on the SpeedMarker 700. Thus time-consuming handling can be significantly reduced by using a larger workstation with large trays.

 

Tip: Creating templates

Learn how to easily make the right template for your workpieces with a Speedy laser engraver.

Creating templates

International Awards & Personalization Expo

Feb 6, 17 • Front Page, NewsNo Comments

International Awards & Personalization Expo

Schedule a demonstration with us during the show and receive a $25 poker chip!

Universal Laser Systems: Booth #1818
Vision Engravers: Booth #1414
Direct Color Systems (Johnson Plastics): Booth #1623

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Join Us in Las Vegas February 7-10

Experience it all at the 2017 International Awards & Personalization Expo – dedicated to activating ideas to enhance your business. Don’t miss this opportunity to spend dedicated time learning about processes and products, experiencing hands-on training, and connecting with industry colleagues.

If you’re involved with engraving, sublimation, sand carving, UV printing, or any personalization process, this is THE event for you!

Why Attend?

  • Network with an exclusive community of suppliers, distributors, and peers.
  • Discover innovative solutions to your most pressing business challenges.
  • Expand your training base and knowledge levels.

Check out the brochure for more information on the International Expo experience!

Registration is open.

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Upcoming Events!

Feb 1, 17 • Front Page, NewsNo Comments

ASI Show Dallas • Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center • Halls E & F
Education: Wednesday, February 1 • Exhibits: Thursday-Friday, February 2-3

 

International Awards & Personalization Expo •  Las Vegas February 7-10  •  February 7–10, 2017Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino

REDUCE YOUR TAXES: Tax Benefit for 2016, Section 179 Deduction

Oct 17, 16 • Front Page, News, TipsNo Comments

REDUCE YOUR TAXES: Tax Benefit for 2016, Section 179 Deduction

2016 is flying by and before you know it 2016 will come to an end. However, for many companies this is one of the busiest times of the year.  Production is in full demand!   Now is the time to purchase new and/or additional equipment for your business! Not only can it benefit production time but also provides BIG SAVINGS!   The “Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015” (PATH Act) expanded the Section 179 deduction limit to $500,000, and made it permanent.  This means up to $500, 000 in qualifying new and used equipment, as well as off-the-shelf software, may be expensed this year if it is placed into service by the end of the day, December 31, 2016.

The PATH Act also reinstated the 50% Bonus Depreciation, and extended it through 2019. Businesses of all sizes will be able to depreciate 50 percent of the cost of equipment acquired and put in service during 2016 and 2017; even after the Section 179 deduction is taken, and all in the first year!

PATH Act

LIMITS OF SECTIONS 179

Section 179 does come with limits – there are caps to the total amount written off ($500,000 for 2016), and limits to the total amount of the equipment purchased ($2,000,000 in 2016). The deduction begins to phase out dollar-for-dollar after $2,000,000 is spent by a given business, so this makes it a true small and medium-sized business deduction.

WHO QUALIFIES FOR SECTION 179

All businesses that purchase, finance, and/or lease less than $2,000,000 in new or used business equipment during tax year 2016 should qualify for the Section 179 Deduction.

Most tangible goods including “off-the-shelf” software qualify for the Section 179 Deduction. To qualify for the Section 179 Deduction, the equipment and/or software purchased or financed must be placed into service between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016.

The deduction begins to phase out if more than $2,000,000 of equipment is purchased – in fact, the deduction decreases on a dollar for dollar scale after that, making Section 179 a deduction specifically for small and medium-sized businesses.

2016 is flying by and before you know it 2016 will come to an end. However, for many companies this is one of the busiest times of the year.  Production is in full demand!   Now is the time to purchase new and/or additional equipment for your business! Not only can it benefit production time but also provides BIG SAVINGS!   The “Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015” (PATH Act) expanded the Section 179 deduction limit to $500,000, and made it permanent.  This means up to $500, 000 in qualifying new and used equipment, as well as off-the-shelf software, may be expensed this year if it is placed into service by the end of the day, December 31, 2016.

The PATH Act also reinstated the 50% Bonus Depreciation, and extended it through 2019. Businesses of all sizes will be able to depreciate 50 percent of the cost of equipment acquired and put in service during 2016 and 2017; even after the Section 179 deduction is taken, and all in the first year!

LIMITS OF SECTIONS 179

Section 179 does come with limits – there are caps to the total amount written off ($500,000 for 2016), and limits to the total amount of the equipment purchased ($2,000,000 in 2016). The deduction begins to phase out dollar-for-dollar after $2,000,000 is spent by a given business, so this makes it a true small and medium-sized business deduction.

WHO QUALIFIES FOR SECTION 179

All businesses that purchase, finance, and/or lease less than $2,000,000 in new or used business equipment during tax year 2016 should qualify for the Section 179 Deduction.

Most tangible goods including “off-the-shelf” software qualify for the Section 179 Deduction. To qualify for the Section 179 Deduction, the equipment and/or software purchased or financed must be placed into service between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016.

The deduction begins to phase out if more than $2,000,000 of equipment is purchased – in fact, the deduction decreases on a dollar for dollar scale after that, making Section 179 a deduction specifically for small and medium-sized businesses.

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ATTENTION: ALL VISION OWNERS – Join Us in Arlington, Texas! 8/25 & 8/26

Aug 22, 16 • Front Page, NewsNo Comments

ATTENTION: ALL VISION OWNERS – Join Us in Arlington, Texas! 8/25 & 8/26

Engravers Network will present a two-day training workshop featuring Cliff Cabral, Applications Specialist with Vision.  Whether you are new to Vision engraving & routing machines, our two-day event is tailored to your experience level, and designed to inspire new ways for you to achieve your specific business goals and objectives.

Vision for BEGINNERS

Day 1 – Thursday, August 25, 2016
1:30 p. m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $25

Topics Included:
-ADA
-Routing techniques and bit selection
-Sacrificial materials and techniques
-Deep metal engraving
-Reverse engraving acrylic

Vision for ADVANCED

Day 2 – Friday, August 26, 2016

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Cost: $50/includes lunch

Topics Include:

-ADA in exotic materials (metals, woods, corian, granite, glass)
-Thermoformed ADA
-Inlayed ADA tactile
-Part marking
-Rotary engraving on the 2550
-Surface mapping
-Jewelry cutout
-Fixture making and multiples

 

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