XL Precision Technologies (XL-PT), based in Stockton-on-Tees in the North-East of England, is a fast growing company working mainly in the medical device manufacturing industry and offering laser material processing and EDM machining to manufacture precision micro-components. In 2009 XL-PT relocated to larger premises and further expansion is scheduled in the near future, as a result of a sustained period of growth. Recent increases in the volume of laser welding have resulted in the purchase of a second Select CNC laser welding system from Rofin-Baasel UK to provide the capacity required.
Using the Select laser welder, gives XL-PT the flexibility to handle prototypes, trials of new applications, small batches or high volume production. The system can be used manually, where components are hand held or in semi-automatic mode (following a path using the in-built teach function) or running a CNC program without any operator input other than to load and unload components. This flexibility makes the Select the laser of choice for any new fine laser welding applications at XL-PT.
Application development for laser processing is carried out by XL-PT engineer Ashley Cooke, who states “you won’t find any other laser welding system which has all the features and flexibility of the Select”
In production the Select is capable of welding 50 to 100 parts per hour and the internal rotary axis is excellent for CNC welding of fine tubes for medical device manufacturing applications. Used in 2 or 3 shifts per day, the Select is a reliable work-horse and with the added capacity XL-PT is growing the laser welding subcontract business steadily.
As well as laser welding systems, XL-PT has a laser engraving and marking system from ROFIN as well as a fine tube cutting system for precision laser cutting of small diameter tubes with an auto-loader for higher throughput and lower operator intervention.