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Practical Ways to Maintain Your Laser and Engraving Machine

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Engraving machineAs with different types of equipment, lack of proper maintenance on your laser and engraving machine can result in more expenses – and this is something that industry experts at AP Lazer will attest to. This is because poor maintenance will lead to poor results, which means you may have to redo the work. Lack of maintenance on your existing unit would likely also necessitate buying another machine sooner than anticipated. Here are some practical tips to help you get the most productivity from your machine, as well as to lengthen its lifespan.

Clean the Optics

Since out-of-spec optics affect beam quality, cutting performance, mode quality, and optics life, it is important to clean these parts as regularly as possible. Blowing off dust using compressed air usually provides satisfactory results. In case there is some sticky dirt on the optics, it is advisable to use lens wipes and methanol or alcohol, or a mild soap solution. Since the lens and mirrors are fragile, it is important to avoid touching them with cleaning tools or even with your fingers.

Clean the Exhaust System

Understand that residue from the material being lasered coats the inside of the machine’s exhaust system. Cleaning this buildup is vital because airflow into the system must not be restricted. When there is a restriction, smoke from the cabinet is not released to the atmosphere. This results in dirty rails and optics that affect the quality of engravings.

Check the Air

Most brands of laser and engraving machines need an assist gas to provide quality cuts. The assist gas could be oxygen, shop air, or nitrogen. Since the different types of gases require different types of flows, it is important to set your machine at the best flow with respect to the type of assist gas you would be using. In some cases, lack of quality air support can make materials catch fire. This can be dangerous to you, the machine, and your shop.

Maintaining such a machine should be effortless, and it is so long as you keep up with it. Modern equipment comes with built-in monitors that offer a plethora of maintenance options. Since manufacturers offer comprehensive maintenance, it pays to make regular maintenance appointments with the equipment manufacturer.

API: U.S. Petroleum Deliveries in October Reached 10-Year High

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European Oil Pump Jack in Germany on a Sunny DayDemand for petroleum in the U.S. reached a 10-year high in October, after deliveries surged 1.1% year over year to an average 19.9 million barrels per day, according to the American Petroleum Institute (API).

A report showed that the figure represented the highest number for the month since 2007. While crude oil output remained high, the country became more energy independent, as petroleum imports dropped 0.8% to average just above 9.6 million barrels per day.

Global Leader

The API’s report somehow reflected the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) outlook for the U.S. as a dominant player in the global oil industry. For the ninth consecutive month in 2017, crude oil production reached more than nine million barrels per day. If the trend becomes stable, the IEA believes that the U.S. will account for 80% of the increase in global oil supply by 2025.

For this reason, energy companies should invest in storage solutions such as aboveground tanks, particularly those that comply with API 653 tank alteration standards.

Historic Increase

Shale oil production in the U.S. by 2025 will be similar to the output of Saudi Arabia between 1966 and 1981, according to the IEA. Its World Energy Outlook lifted its initial forecast for U.S. output by 34% to nine million barrels per day, while shale oil that can be technically recovered will consist of 105 billion barrels.

The growing dominance of the country will also help lower prices, which would reach $83 per barrel for 2025. Global oil consumption will reach more than 100 million barrels per day by that year, mainly because of China surpassing the U.S. as the biggest consumer, according to the forecast.

It remains to be seen whether the IEA’s forecast will indeed materialize, yet the API’s report indicated that growth prospects are somehow positive for the U.S. oil and gas industry.