Laser technology continues to advance at a rapid pace. These advancements have resulted in lasers with far more optical power than previous generations. At the same time, these powerful lasers have come in increasingly small packages. Those two factors have not come without a cost, however. Maintaining proper operating temperature has become more challenging on stronger lasers with reduced footprints.
Therefore, selecting a quality laser chiller has become a critical consideration for those who depend on lasers routinely. Because of the wide variance in power, size, and environment in which the laser is used, chillers must be properly matched to the lasers they are intended to cool. Factors such as output and power are dependent on proper temperature control. Aside from that, lasers must be cooled to prevent potential costly damage over time. Read on to learn what you should consider when selecting an industrial laser chiller.
Check Manufacturer Recommendations
Before launching headlong into your own research, see if the manufacturer of your laser has saved you that legwork by making chiller recommendations. Some lasers can be fitted with an appropriate chiller as an option at the time of purchase. At the very least, the manufacturer can likely provide a recommended model or type of chiller that was intended to be used alongside their laser. You can also ask for the cooling specs designated by the manufacturer and use that data as a starting point for your own search.
High Power or Low Power?
Depending on the type of laser you’re using, your chiller requirements could vary widely. For low power lasers, adequate space for air cooling could be all that required to maintain safe temperatures. If your laser is considered medium-powered, a basic closed-loop chiller that provides ambient temperature water against a metal plate may do the trick. But if you have a high-powered laser, you will likely need a recirculating chiller to keep temperatures within range. These chillers deliver consistency when it comes to temperature, flow rate, and quality cooling.
Consider Chiller Options
Because chillers are meant to be used in a variety of applications and environments, they are made to accept numerous options. While these options may not directly impact the practical function of the chiller, they can make use more convenient. For example, some chillers have the option of being connected with hard wire or Wi-Fi with a computer. That interface allows them to be controlled via computer and can also allow for the cataloging of chiller data. There are many safety options that can be fitted to the chillers as well, giving your laser an extra layer of protection that could pay off in the future.
If you’re in the market for industrial laser chillers, be sure to consider these points before making a purchase. By investigating chiller options, thinking about what kind of application you have, and getting manufacturer chiller specs for your laser, you can get the perfect chiller for your needs.