Application Types: Plastics

Our versatile CO2 lasers can process a range of plastic materials for packaging, displays, automotive and other applications.

Laser processing is flexible and efficient.  High absorption and low thermal conductivity means that little energy is wasted.  We offer CO2 lasers at three different wavelengths for optimal results, and can help you to select the best one for your application.

  • Laser marked PET bottle

    PET marking

    PET marking Plastic bottles are widely used in the soft drinks industry, and are most often made from PET (polyethylene terephthalate), a clear, strong, lightweight and food-safe plastic. CO2 laser codes applied to PET bottles are indelible and tamper-proof. Coding directly on the plastic bottles means that the information is preserved, even if the label is removed. PET responds…

  • Modified atmosphere packaging of vegetables

    Modified atmosphere packaging

    Modified atmosphere packaging Laser perforation of plastic packaging films can increase the shelf life of certain fruits and vegetables, compared with unperforated packaging. So-called modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) technology uses laser-perforated holes to regulate the levels of oxygen, carbon dioxide, nitrogen and other gases inside the pack, maintaining the freshness of the produce inside. Our CO2 lasers are used to…

  • Laser-cut acrylic logo

    Acrylic cutting

    Acrylic cutting Our lasers can cut acrylic with a perfect flame-polished finish, eliminating the need for post-processing. The laser vaporises the plastic, leaving clean, sharp edges as it cuts. Laser cutting is ideal for applications where appearance is paramount. Acrylic is available in a wide range of colours, and can be used for signage, point of…

  • Car headlight and bumper

    Robotic plastic cutting

    Robotic plastic cutting Plastics are commonplace in the automotive industry today. Materials such as ABS, PC/ABS and polypropylene may be used for bumpers, dashboards, and interior pillars, while transparent polycarbonate and acrylic materials can be found in headlight lenses and other components. Lasers are often used in conjunction with robot systems in order to follow the contours…

  • Laser cutting FR4 composites on circuit boards

    Cutting FR4

    Cutting FR4 Circuit boards can be cut mechanically, but this produces a lot of dust and debris, and risks delamination of the FR4 composite substrates. This in turn may cause premature failure of the devices on the board. Laser cutting is therefore an attractive alternative. Although most FR4 composites have a tendency to char with CO2 laser…

  • Laser-cut acrylic logo

    Plastic cutting

    Plastic cutting Plastics are widely used in the world today – applications include automotive parts, signage, medical devices, packaging, lighting, white goods, furniture, electronic devices, and many more. CO2 laser cutting of plastics is a very efficient process; high absorption and low thermal conductivity means that little energy is wasted. However, plastics are a diverse group of materials, and…

  • Marking electronic component

    Marking electronic components

    Marking electronic components Lasers can be used to mark essential information on all kinds of electronic components, including diodes, capacitors, transistors and IC chips. Our CO2 laser markers can apply both alphanumeric text and Data Matrix codes to label components with values, specifications and certification information. Our lasers are able to mark on a variety of…

  • Laser marked plastic syringe covers

    Plastic marking

    Plastic marking Our CO2 lasers can be used to mark a wide range of plastic products, from packaging films and bottles to medical devices. The appearance of the mark depends strongly on the type of plastic used. In many cases, the laser induces no colour change in the plastic, resulting in an engraved mark which is unobtrusive and…

  • Easy-tear packaging with laser scribing

    Easy-tear scribing

    Easy-tear scribing Our CO2 lasers can be used to create easy opening pouches and sachets for various food products. The laser is used to selectively weaken the packaging material, enabling it to tear easily along the scribed line. As the laser does not cut through the packaging film, the pouch remains airtight until opened by the consumer. The MULTISCAN®…