Qimtek Case Study: Thinklaser Ltd

Qimtek Visits Engraving Specialists Thinklaser Ltd
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Thinklaser Ltd, who are based in Redhill, Surrey, are laser marking and engraving specialists who have been Qimtek members since May 2019. Operating within a wide range of industries, ThinkLaser Ltd offers a versatile service that can accommodate the engraving and marking of free-issue components in a wide range of materials. 

Sourcing account managers Kate Donohoe and Caroline Ogden met with subcontract department manager Laura Hales, who took them on an in-depth tour of Thinklaser’s facilities which includes five different laser marking machines that use both continuous and pulse wave technology. 

 

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The first demonstration took place on a flatbed laser with a maximum bed size of 140cm x 90cm. Used widely for automotive and packaging applications, this machine is capable of etching acrylic and foam, while an MDF aeroplane model was cut and marked during the visit itself. 

The second machine in Thinklaser’s portfolio allows for bespoke customisation of individual components, thanks to its enhanced pre-programming feature. Commonly used to etch medical bracelets and pendants, this machine is invaluable when it comes to producing unique engravings quickly and easily. Thinklaser are no strangers to working with stainless steel, with a wide range of additional metals such as anodised aluminium also catered for.

In addition to the medical, packaging and automotive industries, Thinklaser works for household names within the aerospace industry, as well as marking and engraving a number of well-known consumer products. There really is no limit to the scope of work undertaken by Thinklaser, including small volume and large production batches of plastic, foam, wood, metal, card, slate, glass, rubber and ceramic items

When it comes to the required designs, Thinklaser commonly engraves or marks traceability information, bar/QR codes, lot numbers, logos and company branding, although most engravings and markings can be accommodated. They also offer design assistance if needed, resulting in a service that matches their clients’ requirements.

‘The speed and accuracy of the end products produced by Thinklaser is incredible to see,’ Caroline Ogden explained. ‘It’s also really impressive that they cater for such a large amount of materials and applications.’

Fully ISO 9001 certified, Thinklaser’s exceptional service can be attributed to the fact that they also produce a range of laser systems themselves, used within production environments worldwide. Thinklaser’s role as both a subcontractor and an OEM means that they fully understand the breadth of the engraving sphere, giving them the advantage of unrivalled industry expertise.

‘It was clear from Laura’s enthusiasm and passion for her work that Thinklaser are a well-respected business,’ Caroline continued. ‘Her knowledge was not only interesting, but also very educational from a sourcing account management perspective.’

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