Robots and Lasers Work Together to Boost Production Efficiency

When you produce a high-demand product that saves lives, it is important to get it into the marketplace as soon as possible, especially for those who need it the most.

That was the goal of a contract manufacturer when it partnered with Laser Light Technologies to increase production of a battery case for a pacemaker for a leading medical device manufacturer.

The job required laser-drilling holes 0.006 inches (15 microns) in diameter, at a 20-degree angle, into the medical-grade titanium cases. Tolerances were within a few microns and the UV solid state laser prevented any heat damage to the surrounding metal.

To improve throughput, Laser Light designed a collaborative robotic workcell and integrated it into the production process. The laser and the robot were programmed to work collaboratively with a human operator. Before integration, a production job typically required several workcells and at least two laser operators. Now, after adding the robot, the same production job requires only one workcell and one laser operator. This strategic improvement significantly increased manufacturing efficiency and throughput, allowing the medical device manufacturer to deliver more products into the market, at a faster pace, at an overall lower cost.

Such enhanced capabilities provide the flexibility, advanced quality, fit and finish for even the most complex laser-processing projects using a variety of laser types, including excimer lasers, fiber lasers, picosecond lasers, and UV UPSS lasers.

“Laser Light’s performance is exceptional,” says a representative for the medical device manufacturer. “Their team always meets our needs at a moment’s notice, with the right technical solution that achieves our goals.”