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Lairdside Laser
Engineering Centre
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Laser Research & Technology Development

..near-market research in the industrial applications of high power lasers, together with systems development, translating University research programmes into shop-floor techniques

THE NEED FOR THE CENTRE AND ITS ROLE
To realise the potential of newly investigated laser applications requires the creation and development of process routes that are relevant to real components. To achieve this, a different approach to traditional research laboratory activity is needed to project the process from from an understanding of the underlying mechanisms and methods of control, into a robust industrial application.
Here at Lairdside Laser Engineering Centre we enjoy strong links to the Laser Group at the University of Liverpool, keeping us up-to-date with the most recent developments in the laser processing field. This allows us to derive new industrial laser processes for your application and bring them quickly to production level.

KEY CAPABILITIES OF THE LLEC:

  • Agile 3-D processing (with multi-axis laser systems)
  • High level computing (CAD/CAM interfaced with laser equipment)
  • New process development (especially in 3-D beam/part manipulation)
  • Applications development for lower power, high beam quality lasers (with reduced overall system cost compared to higher power systems).
  • Varied support measures for new laser business start-ups, including incubation accommadation, rental of time on lasers, plus technical advice on grant support applications

HOW THE LLEC CAN BENEFIT INDUSTRY
With state-of-the-art laser facilities and a team of dedicated staff, the LLEC can carry out high level research and technology development on behalf of industrial clients - in many cases taking the application closer to the production level. This can initially offset the need to invest in full production laser equipment before a proof of concept has been achieved, or before attaining a reasonable understanding of the technology. Where appropriate, high level traing can be offered (including advice on laser safety issues).

Technical Audits
To maximise your company's production potential, Lairdside Laser Engineering Centre can also conduct a technical audit of your existing manufacturing process. Our expertise in the use of lasers linked to your company's knowledge of your exact requirements can lead to new or improved processes which often provide a valuable edge in today's competitive markets. LLEC's staff conduct these audits where it counts - at your workplace. As a result, solutions are tailored to your individual requirements and working environment

TYPES OF PROJECT FOR INDUSTRY

  • Single-client or multiple-client projects on a commercial contract basis
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Support for application to the EU for detailed research funding (particularly the Framework 6 Initiative to support R&D for SME's)
  • Applications Development Consortia: Joint R&D projects, funded by groups of industrial clients with similar application interests (with complimentarity of consortium members), for cost-effective use of laser services

 

LASER TECHNIQUES  
 

CAA Welding of Aluminium Aircraft panels
Anthony Walker
Lairdside Laser Engineering Centre

MicroLaser Forming of Shim Steel
Konrad Bartkowiak
University of Liverpool

Welding
Fibre Drilling
Cleaning
Forming
Cladding
     
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LASERS & RELATED EQUIPMENT at LAIRDSIDE LASER ENGINEERING CENTRE

Laserdyne 890 5 Axis system with a 3.5kW CO2 PRC laser Anaerobic chamber with incorporated Nd:YAG laser for processing of reactive metals 7 Axis robot for use with Nd:YAG lasers via an optical fibre beam delivery