Here are two reasons why so many furniture manufacturers use laser-cutting machines.
This machinery cuts materials in a way that leaves the cut edges quite smooth
If an employee of a furniture manufacturer were to, for example, saw through some timber by hand, the cut sides would feel rough to the touch and might require extensive sanding to make them smooth enough to use to make furniture. This could take a long time and might mean that the furniture manufacturer could not produce as many furniture pieces per day as they would like to. One of the reasons for the popularity of laser cutting equipment amongst furniture manufacturers is that this machinery can cut furniture-making materials in such a way that the cut edges are fairly smooth, rather than ragged.
This is because the laser is more powerful and precise than the blade of a manual saw. As such, employees who use laser-cutting technology may either not need to sand the cut sides of their furniture components or might only need to do a very small amount of sanding. This could then speed up their furniture-making processes and result in them producing higher numbers of products per day, without compromising on the quality of the facility's goods.
This machinery enables employees to cut through tough materials safely
Another reason for the popularity of this equipment amongst these manufacturers is that it enables their employees to cut through tough furniture components in a very safe manner. For example, although a laser cutter is a very powerful piece of machinery, employees who operate it and follow basic safety procedures are not at high risk of injury. This is because laser-cutting machinery is normally operated via a computer and doesn't require those controlling it to stand close to the hot laser when it's in use. Instead, after they've input the required data into the computer, employees can stand back and simply monitor the laser from a distance as it does its job.
Conversely, when employees have to use, for example, circular saws to manually cut through tough furniture components, they need to stand very close to this hazardous equipment and feed the components through the bladed area. This can put them at risk of injuries to their upper body. Furthermore, because the employee needs to manually push the furniture parts through this equipment, there's a chance of them making errors that a computer-operated laser would not. If an employee does this, they may then have to spend more time using this equipment to correct their errors, which might then further increase their risk of injury.