Vector Performance Comparison Test
Vector performance, also known as vector mode, is mainly used for cutting and single line engraving and marking. In this test, 12 graphic elements were developed to test different aspects of vector performance when laser material processing. Settings were adjusted on each laser system in the comparison to maximize performance while achieving comparable and acceptable quality for the PLS6.150D (ULS) and two competitor systems, System E and System T.
Each graphic element was tested to determine the most efficient settings that resulted in reasonable quality. Quality was defined by two parameters – how accurately the motion kept to the intended path and uniform marking across the graphic. A variety of curves, circles, squares and lines were used to determine system performance across different geometries. The overall graphic was processed on a 24”x12” sheet of anodized aluminum.
Testing for each element was initially done at maximum speed and acceleration. For some graphic elements this resulted in acceptable quality, however other elements required adjustments to system settings. Since each system has different settings to adjust quality, a consistent methodology was used to find the optimum settings for each system. Each Graphic element was adjusted independently of the others so that each element was run at the maximum possible performance level that achieved acceptable quality.
All settings were adjusted in accordance with the user manual provided with the respective system.
The time and rank of each system for a specific graphic element is as follows. All times were measured from start of processing the design graphic until completion of the graphic. Movement from a “home” position and return was not included.
|Design File||ULS||Rank||System E||Rank||System T||Rank|
|Graphic Element 1||0:15 ✔||1st (tie)||0:29||2nd||0:15 ✔||1st (tie)|
|Graphic Element 2||0:09 ✔||1st||0:15||3rd||0:11||2nd|
|Graphic Element 3||0:12 ✔||1st||0:21||3rd||0:15||2nd|
|Graphic Element 4||0:44 ✔||1st||0:46||2nd||0:47||3rd|
|Graphic Element 5||0:51 ✔||1st||0:52||2nd||1:00||3rd|
|Graphic Element 6||0:37 ✔||1st||0:41||2nd||0:47||3rd|
|Graphic Element 7||0:09||2nd||0:19||3rd||0:07 ✔||1st|
|Graphic Element 8||1:29 ✔||1st||2:57||2nd||5:20||3rd|
|Graphic Element 9||0:13 ✔||1st||0:24||2nd||0:52||3rd|
|Graphic Element 10||0:13 ✔||1st||0:34||2nd||0:39||3rd|
|Graphic Element 11||0:14 ✔||1st||0:34||2nd||1:00||3rd|
|Graphic Element 12||0:11 ✔||1st||0:20||3rd||0:14||2nd|
Comparison Test Videos
Video showing all elements of the PLS6.150D (ULS) running the test scenarios against System E and System T