Be careful when lasering PVC foils!
What risks and options are there?
Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) has become a mass market plastic because it can be produced so cheaply and can be used in a diverse range of applications and in the meantime constitutes around ¼ of the whole plastics market.
It is available in two main forms, hard PVC-U (unplasticized) and soft PVC-P (plasticized) that is made more elastic by the addition of softeners. This plastic is found more and more frequently in the advertising industry where it used for decorative and labelling foil.
eurolaser systems for cutting PVC foils
- Use of knife-cutters and laser on one system
- Optimum flexibility in production
- Ideal for the processing of different materials
- Perfectly accurate cutting of the foils, in particular printed materials thanks to an optical recognition system
Although PVC can in fact be cut with laser, the thermal process produces hydrochloric acid and toxic fumes. For this reason we advise you not to use laser for cutting PVC in order to prevent corrosion of your laser system and to ensure the safety of the machine operator. Instead make use of the high degree of flexibility offered by the eurolaser systems with their optional expansions including mechanical tool heads when processing PVC. These allow the use of various knifes on your laser system.
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