The introduction of laser engraving technology to ABB’s production process has brought a new level of professionalism and productivity to the product development process. The Speedy laser is bringing a significant return on investment thanks to its versatility and several time and cost saving benefits.
First and foremost, the developmental work of both departments is no longer reliant on outsourcing, so prototypes can now be created and developed with reduced lead times and costs which are especially noticeable when several design iterations are required.
The dual source flexx system provides maximum flexibility for marking different products. The fiber laser source enables direct marking onto blank metals, while the use of a marking spray alongside the CO2 laser source creates a vivid black mark on aluminium parts.
Alongside the original application of part-marking, the Speedy laser engraving machine has brought additional capabilities, such as the ability to efficiently process acrylics, plastics, rubbers and wood for prototyping. The rotary attachment which was purchased with the Speedy laser makes it easy to mark probes and other cylindrical components.
Three years after their initial foray into using laser technology, the departments doubled up production capabilities with the investment in a second Speedy 300 flexx laser system, allowing each department access to their own laser cutter. The addition of the second laser has doubled ABB’s productivity when it comes to both prototyping and product marking, with both departments utilising the lasers for production work, while one machine is also used for development work when extra production capacity is not required.