Evaluation of productivity and operating cost of laser drilling process – a case study

Shoaib Sarfraz, Essam Shehab, Konstantinos Salonitis, Wojciech Suder, Sadaf Zahoor

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

2 Citations (Scopus)


Laser drilling is a non-conventional machining process which is widely used in automotive, electronics and aerospace sectors to produce holes in diverse range of materials. Different types of lasers and methods are available to produce various hole geometries. Big number of researchers have examined several ways to enhance the performance of this process by investigating different process parameters and drilling methods, that seek improvement of the drilled hole quality. Whereas, productivity and operating cost are also important factors which need to be evaluated along with drilled hole quality. Reducing the drilling time can improve productivity and the selection of a suitable laser can save operating cost which will benefit laser processing industries in this global competitive environment. A case study was performed using different lasers for single pulse and percussion drilling. A significant improvement in productivity was observed with the use of a high power laser that is subject to high operating cost.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Manufacturing Technology XXXII - Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Manufacturing Research, ICMR 2018, incorporating the 33rd National Conference on Manufacturing Research
EditorsKeith Case, Peter Thorvald
PublisherIOS Press BV
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781614994398
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2018
Externally publishedYes
Event16th International Conference on Manufacturing Research, ICMR 2018 - Skovde, Sweden
Duration: Sep 11 2018Sep 13 2018


Conference16th International Conference on Manufacturing Research, ICMR 2018


  • Drilling time
  • Laser drilling
  • Operating cost
  • Productivity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Software
  • Algebra and Number Theory
  • Strategy and Management

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