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“Fall into Savings” Event at Trotec Laser

Oct 19, 20 • Front Page, NewsNo Comments

Join us and take advantage of our year-end clearance pricing!

We are hosting another major sales event and open house on Nov. 12-14 at our regional service and support centers located throughout the United States. Don’t miss this chance to take advantage of deep discounts on our industry-leading equipmentpremium quality laserable materials, and our larger-than-normal selection of gently-used tradeshow demo equipment. Personalized laser demonstrations will be held by appointment in an effort to limit the number of people in the facility at one time and protect the health and safety of all attendees. 

Take advantage of laser deals in a safe, controlled environment

To ensure that we adhere to local guidelines designed to mitigate the risk of COVID-19, registrants will be divided into small groups who will attend during designated time slots. We are also offering individual appointments for personalized demos.

In an effort to protect everyone’s health and safety at the event, we will follow all local health and safety guidelines, observing social distancing procedures, wearing face coverings, and adopting stricter sanitation procedures. Surfaces in common areas will be sanitized regularly and after each group demo. Masks and hand sanitizer will be available onsite. We are asking all attendees and employees to stay home if they are sick.

 

 

 

Join us for an exclusive sales event

Aug 25, 20 • Front Page, NewsNo Comments

Join us for an exclusive sales event and do your own side-by-side comparison

You can do your own side-by-side comparison of Trotec and Universal laser systems! Join us on September 17-18 at our Arlington and Houston locations for an exclusive, appointment-only sales event, where we will showcase a Trotec laser and a Universal laser running side by side, so you can see firsthand what the differences are between the two systems. Bring in your material and application file, and we will perform a personalized side-by-side comparison to show you what these differences could mean for your business. In addition to our laser equipment, we’ll be showcasing our laser accessories and materials, and promoting our limited-time offer for trade in credit starting at $10,000 for your used Universal laser system. Laser demonstrations will be offered during several time slots to minimize the number of people in the facility at one time to protect the health and safety of all attendees.

To ensure that we adhere to local guidelines designed to mitigate the risk of COVID-19, registrants will be divided into small groups who will attend during designated time slots. We are also offering individual appointments for personalized demos.

In an effort to protect everyone’s health and safety at the event, we will follow all local health and safety guidelines, observing social distancing procedures, wearing face coverings, and adopting stricter sanitation procedures. Surfaces in common areas will be sanitized regularly and after each group demo. Masks and hand sanitizer will be available onsite. We are asking all attendees and employees to stay home if they are sick.

 

Trotec Adds Blazer Orange Laser Mask to its Growing Materials Line

Jul 15, 20 • Front Page, NewsNo Comments

Trotec Adds Blazer Orange Laser Mask to its Growing Materials Line

Laser manufacturer now offering laserable film used in conjunction with sandcarver.

Trotec Blazer Orange Mask

Plymouth, Mich., July 15, 2020 – Trotec Laser, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has further expanded its portfolio of laserable materials with the addition of Blazer Orange laserable mask, which is now available in 25-foot rolls through the organization’s Engraver’s Network webshop.

Manufactured by IKONICS Imaging, Blazer Orange ia a laserable film that can be used in conjunction with sandcarving equipment. It works by creating a protective barrier for the materials that will be sandcarved, such as glass, stone, or metal. The material is placed in a laser, and a design is cut into the laser film, creating a stencil. From there, the design can be sandcarved while the laser film protects the rest of the material, leaving a beautifully detailed design.

Peter Norman, Director of Sales at IKONICS Imaging, explains that they designed Blazer Orange to improve upon their existing laserable film, and to give their customers additional capabilities that would allow them to meet a wider range of customer needs. Their new laser film is not as stretchy as their previous laser film, allowing for dimensional stability. It also peels off with ease, making readjustments and color filling simple.

“Our Speedy 300 laser engraver allowed us to perform thorough testing of new laser film prototypes so we could make sure that the new film would burn clean and be capable of creating high-resolution images,” said Norman. “This testing eventually resulted in Blazer Orange — our new laser film perfectly tailored to meet our customers’ application needs,”said Norman.

Warren Knipple, President of Trotec Laser, Inc., says that Blazer Orange is the perfect addition to the company’s line of materials, because it gives Trotec customers more capabilities that will allow them to add new products and increase product value to meet customer needs.

“We are heavily invested in supporting our laser user community,” said Knipple. “And that means providing them with all the opportunities we can to help them thrive in a changing business environment.

“Our growing materials product line allows us to provide our customers with new opportunities to broaden product offerings, meet a wider range of application needs, and get the most out of a laser investment,” Knipple added. “When we can empower our customers to grow business and increase profits, everyone wins.”

Find more information on our materials product line on our website at: engraving-supplies.com .

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

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National Sales Event at Trotec Laser

Jun 15, 20 • Front Page, NewsNo Comments

National Sales Event at Trotec Laser

Laser manufacturer to host major sales event at regional service and support centers

Plymouth, Mich., June 12, 2020 – Trotec Laser, Inc. announced today that it will be hosting a major sales event and open house on July 24-25th at its regional service and support centers located throughout the United States. Featuring the lowest laser prices of the year, the event will include an introductory presentation on laser technology, live laser demonstrations and applications support, and a major demo equipment blowout sale. 

The company will be taking several measures at the hosting facilities to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus – including adhering to local health and safety guidelines, observing social distancing procedures, limiting the number of attendees and staff members in the facility at one time, and adopting stricter sanitation procedures. Masks and hand sanitizer will be available onsite. More information on the company’s COVID-19 health and safety guidelines can be found HERE on the Trotec website.

“We decided to host this event because we believe that Trotec laser systems can help businesses make crucial improvements in production efficiency and product value that could be especially important as the country resumes its business activities after the global pandemic,” said Warren Knipple, President at Trotec Laser. “And Trotec laser systems offer a level of speed and precision that you really need to see for yourself.”

Knipple added that during the past few months, he has seen many Trotec customers succeed in an uncertain business environment because they are adding laser capabilities and skills that empower them to broaden product offerings and meet new market needs.

“At Trotec, we are committed to supporting our laser user community,” said Knipple, “and right now, more than ever, that means helping them remain profitable. At this event, we’ll be offering deep discounts and demo equipment blowout sale that will shave thousands off the regular price of a laser, putting a Trotec laser closer within reach for many businesses.”

In addition to the expanded product capabilities, and improvements in efficiency and product value that a Trotec system provides, working with Trotec includes a number of additional benefits, such as expert direct-manufacturer support, online laser tutorials and guides, files for download, and free laser training workshops and webinars.

Contact Trotec at 866-226-8505 or visit our website at www.troteclaser.com for more information or to register.

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

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Helping Meet the Demand for PPE and Other Products for Fighting COVID-19

Apr 6, 20 • Front Page, News, TipsNo Comments

Step by step instructions to create protective face shields to combat the spread of COVID-19

We are inspired by our customers who are actively seeking out ways to combat the spread of COVID-19 using their laser machines. As the world faces shortages in medical supplies, we must protect those on the front lines as much as possible. In this tutorial, we demonstrate how to laser process this protective face shield, so that laser users can contribute to the cause.

Learn more about our policies related to COVID-19

Download file: click here

Step 1: Process the Acrylic

Position a .25″ thick piece of acrylic into the laser machine and laser-cut the material using the file provided. Once processing is completed, remove the cut pieces from the remaining material.

 

 

 

 

 

Step 2: Assemble the Acrylic Pieces

Insert the smaller, square piece of material into the acrylic band, as shown in the video provided. Use glue to adhere the pieces together, and ensure that they are firmly connected.

Step 3: Process the PET Film

Position a sheet of polyester film (material needs to be in a range of 0.007” to 0.01” thickness) onto the vector grid. Select the facemask portion of the file, and laser-cut the film. Once processing is completed, separate the excess film, and remove the finished facemask from the vector grid.

Step 4: Assemble the Face Shield

To assemble, fasten the connectors on the acrylic band into the corresponding holes at the top of the film. Once completed, use a rubber band to keep the protective shield on the head.

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COVID-19 Statement

Mar 18, 20 • Front Page, News, TipsNo Comments

At Engravers Network, a Trotec Company, we are committed to supporting our customers and community.  One of the most basic ways we can do this is to take precautions to help everyone stay healthy.  We are closely monitoring the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) at a global and local level for all business units.  The safety of our employees, clients and suppliers is our top priority, and we are following the guidelines of the World Heath Organization (WHO), the Centers of Disease Control (CDC) and state and local authorities.

We are committed to seamlessly providing you with the service and support you depend on, so we have established a business continuity plan to address various threats and vulnerabilities, including a response to the pandemic and high absenteeism.  Strategies for responding to a pandemic are embedded within our continuity plan and emergency response policies to protect our personnel and limit the spread of disease.  We also monitor the CDC and the WHO to ensure our response is following the guidelines.  With this in mind, it’s also important to note that the WHO and the CDC have advised that there is a minimal risk of transmitting the virus by handling shipments and packages delivered through the mail. 

Here is an overview of our policies and procedures related to COVID-19:

  • We have reviewed and re-socialized our enterprise-wide response plan.
  • Travel for internal meetings has stopped and we have eliminated all non-essential business travel.
  • We are following and enforcing local authority guidelines and recommendations.
  • We have issued guidelines to employees for workplace hygiene and sanitizing efforts for our sites to minimize the spread of the virus.
  • Employees who are sick or have come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 have been instructed to stay home and seek medical guidance.
  • We are limiting our large-scale social interactions and events for the time being.  Please be sure to check our event calendar for changes to our scheduled events.

Most of our sales and services teams are working remotely and equipped with the tools to handle the majority of your needs virtually.  Where an onsite visit is essential, they will call ahead to adhere with your visitation policies and, specifically for service calls.

We believe that by taking these steps, as well as staying informed, we are well prepared to handle potential interferences that may prevent us from serving your needs.  Please check our website for updates on any additional contingency measures or actions plans in the future.  Feel free to reach out to us with any questions.

Sincerely,

Warren Knipple
President, Trotec Laser, Inc.

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Laser Etching Versus Laser Engraving

Mar 10, 20 • Front Page, News, TipsNo Comments

Laser Etching versus Laser Engraving

How can you make money with a laser? 

laser engraverBusiness owners often choose lasers over other technologies because of their broad system capabilities. Using the two most common laser types — CO2 and fiber — you can laser etch, engrave, cut, or mark almost anything.

CO2 lasers can cut and engrave the widest range of materials, such as plastics, wood, paper, fabric, acrylic, rubber and cardboard. The CO2 laser can also engrave on glass, ceramic, stone, and coated metals such as anodized aluminum or coated metals. It works by vaporizing the material, leaving an indentation or cut into the material. A fiber laser basically does what a CO2 laser cannot. The fiber laser is used for marking or engraving bare metals and marking plastics. Fiber lasers are optimally suited for metal marking methods such as annealing and metal engraving, and for making high-contrast markings on plastics.  Discover how lasers work

Learn how laser etching, engraving, and cutting differ and when to use them

laser etching differences

In addition to the broad range of materials that you can work with on a laser machine, there are a few different ways you can process materials:

Engraving
Laser engraving works by vaporizing some of the base material with cone shape indentation. (Engraving depth capabilities depend on your specific laser.) Examples of materials well-suited for laser engraving include wood, leather, rubber, and acrylic, to name a few.

Etching or Marking
During the process of laser etching, the cover layer of your material is vaporized, producing little to no depth but usually high contrast marking. The process is like cutting, except only the top layer is vaporized. Laser etching works well on materials with two or more layers, coated metals, anodized aluminum and engravers plastics.

Cutting
Laser cutting happens when you apply enough power at a low enough speed to completely vaporize material all the way through. If a material is flammable, in most cases it can be cut by a laser.

Fusing
Fusing means adding a layer with ceramic powders onto the surface of metals, ceramics or glass, producing a fusing of the materials to add contrast. This process is accomplished using materials such as Thermark, Cermark or Laserbond.

Find a laser system that is right for you

From your Service and Support Team at Engraver’s Network

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

engravers network team

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 engraving 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

DISCOVER MORE TIPS FOR LASER USERS HERE

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