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Laser technology investment boosts response times

20 March 2009

The rapid response capabilities of Hybrid Laser Tech, a division of Shearline Precision Engineering, have been boosted by a major investment in the latest laser positioning technology. The Cambridgeshire company anticipates that new tooling will halve set-up times and increase throughput by 12%.

HLT manufactures and supplies precision laser cut ceramic substrates to a range of industries including micro-electronics and medical devices. It uses the most advanced CO2 laser systems to profile, cut and scribe ceramic substrates, metals and other specialised materials, each with their own unique mechanical, electrical, thermal and bio-chemical properties.

Kevin Thompson, sales and technical manager for the Hybrid Laser Tech Division, is excited by the prospects offered by the new technology: “We have developed a strong reputation for being able to cope with the ‘weird and wonderful’. We work closely with our clients’ R&D teams on emerging technologies and pre-market products, providing input on the best way to turn client design ideas into parts that can be manufactured efficiently. In the scientific arena, everyone wants everything yesterday and we react quickly. It is not unusual for us to provide same-day laser cutting and the new equipment will make this easier to accommodate.”

HLT has procured two Aerotech ALS1000 stage and control systems which are calibrated in two dimensions, providing two micron accuracy. The investment of £100K will speed up cutting times by reducing the set-up and provide further guarantees of precision.

Thompson continues: “Our experience of special materials and laser cutting enables us to provide considerable input into the design for manufacture process. Products are becoming smaller and more intricate, and this equipment allows finer detail and accuracy applications to be tackled.”

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