Nothing gives the impression of modernity quite like lasers. There’s just something about using a laser in the manufacturing process that makes you feel like you’re part of the space age. Despite its whiz-bang appeal, there are a number of factors to consider before using measuring devices that incorporate lasers. Depending on the industry situation, lasers offer a number of benefits but also a number of pitfalls as well. Take note of these considerations before making your decision.
The Pros of Lasers
- They can be extremely accurate. More than anything else, using measuring devices that utilize lasers can improve the precision of your operation in ways that other measuring devices are simply incapable of.
- They are often very light and easy to use. Without a lot of moving parts, measuring equipment that utilizes lasers is often relatively light. Furthermore, because of the electronics involved, most devices that incorporate lasers have easy-to-read digital displays that are frequently compatible with networked data systems.
- The reference is always 100% straight. It is, after all, a laser beam. You can’t get straighter than a beam of light.
- They are faster than their analog counterparts. Spaces and substances can be measured nearly instantaneously.
The Cons of Lasers
- They are typically more expensive than analog measuring devices simply because of the technology involved. Therefore, responsible companies perform a cost/benefit analysis to determine if the initial cost will outweigh any potential long-term gains.
- They can be delicate because very precise calibration must be maintained in order for them to work properly. Fortunately, as development of these systems continues to improve, their durability and longevity continues to improve as well.
- The precision that they offer may simply be unnecessary for the type of work that you need to measure. As such, the expense may be unnecessary.