Speed DOES NOT equate to higher productivity!
IPS, Inch Per Second, stands for the number of inches that a motor can travel in one second and is commonly used as a standard for comparing the speed of a laser. The IPS value simply tells us the maximum speed that a laser can attain.
However, a high IPS value DOES NOT equate to higher productivity. Throughput should be measured in terms of how much work can be done within a certain amount of time. An IPS value does not take into consideration the time it takes for the motor to accelerate to achieve its maximum speed. Hence it is possible that machines with lower IPS motors may actually have a higher rate of productivity when compared to lasers equipped with high IPS motors.
We can see that it is possible that a 120IPS motor may end up taking more time than a 80IPS motor to finish the same job due to the time needed for acceleration and deceleration. While an engraving job is a succession of acceleration and deceleration magnifying the importance of the acceleration speed.
Therefore the right way to calculate the throughput of a laser engraving machine is by how much area it can engrave in a given amount of time. A standard would be, for example how long would it take your laser to engrave a 2 inch by 2 inch area at 100% speed.
LaserPro Invites you to compare for yourself
Run a 2"x2" black square at 100% speed and 500 or 600 DPI on a competitors laser, record the time required and compare to GCC LaserPro machines to find out whose laser is best apt to perform for you. Remember, productivity is time and time is money. If the competitors machine takes 20% longer to engrave the same product as a LaserPro laser, their machine will cost you 20% more in time and money.
