Wealdpark Ltd are a precision engineering company based in St Helens, UK. Steve Smith, Wealdpark’s Director, was exploring the possibility of introducing laser technology into his manufacturing processes and booked a call with our Sales Team.
Like many precision engineering companies, Wealdpark produce parts that need to be traceable – this means applying a permanent mark onto the part. Wealdpark were using a more traditional method of marking parts – a milling machine – which brings its own challenges:
- Lacking in speed: Mechanical and contact marking methods are cumbersome and slow.
- Breaking parts: Whether it is the machine doing the marking or the part being marked, mechanical engraving puts a great deal of stress on all components involved and, in turn, results in repair costs and wasted materials.
- Limited applications: Mechanical engraving methods are unable to mark more fragile substrates such as glass and thin metals.
- Marks are often hard to read: Marks that are mechanically engraved can sometimes be illegible, especially when of a smaller size.
The above challenges were all felt by Wealdpark, and their interest in laser technology was rooted in a desire to speed up their processes, offer a higher quality finish for their customers and ensure less repair costs and wasted raw materials.
So, how did we help?
Following an initial consultation with our Sales team, Steve was invited for a demonstration onsite here in Whitchurch.
Steve was keen to specifically see our Desktop Pro in action, so we got one set up with a rotary attachment enabled, ready to mark some parts.
Whether it is onsite here in Whitchurch, or at the customer’s premises, our demonstrations are a great opportunity to witness firsthand the power and capability of laser technology, especially when we can demonstrate applications on the customer’s own samples.
Following a demo, the N-Lase Desktop Pro was identified as the right solution for Wealdpark. The Desktop Pro is compact but still feature rich, with a robust enclosure to withstand the harshest manufacturing environments. It’s Class 4 override means that, whilst wearing adequate laser safety equipment, the laser can be operated with the door open. It’s also rotary ready, so round and cylindrical parts can be marked with ease. The Desktop Pro is a great all-rounder and was exactly what Wealdpark were looking for.
Having found the right solution, our production team got to work building the laser here at our HQ in Whitchurch – we are proud to have the ‘Made in Britain’ badge on all our laser systems.
Our engineers installed the machine at Wealdpark Ltd and provided a full day of training for the team, to ensure that they were able to get the most out of their machine with knowledge of basic functions and mark settings. Our inhouse tech team in Whitchurch are always on hand at the end of the phone should our customer’s need additional assistance or any technical support.
In the fast-paced world of engineering and manufacturing, time is money, and the ability of the Desktop Pro to speed up marking times for the engineers at Wealdpark has proven a great benefit to their manufacturing output.
In a post-pandemic world, where the cost of raw materials is on the rise, it is vital that manufacturing processes are as streamlined and waste-free as possible. The accuracy of our laser machine along with its ability to mark with no contact, ensures that wasted parts are kept to a minimum – saving time and money.
One of the real selling points for Wealdpark is the fact that we are a UK-based company, which enables us to always be on hand should Wealdpark need our aftersales support.
We are not just in the business of selling machines, but also of building lifelong partnerships with our customers. We are pleased to be working with our partners at Wealdpark and we look forward to sharing our passion for innovations in laser technologies with them for years to come.
The Design was a major selling point. The Desktop Pro looks much nicer than other machines on the market. Needham Laser Tech also beat everyone else on price, without compromising quality. We were really impressed with the demo and the fact they are a UK-based company is really important to us