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A-Laser exhibiting at D2P Marlborough

September 15, 2016

A-Laser, and representatives from MacAllister and Associates, will be exhibiting our laser cutting services in booth 444 at the Marlborough Design2Parts exhibition.  Attendees will be able to review parts, discuss the various technologies and processes we utilize and share ideas for upcoming projects.  This show is very interesting every year, as we get to see cutting edge technologies being introduced from our customer base, while also launching new capabilities of our own, such as coating parts with Nanoslic.  Tolerances continue to tighten and trace-ability drives process more each year.  With our state of the art laser cutting services and lean manufacturing structure, we meet the demands of a wide range of customers, though they all focus on quality.  Our start was with UV laser cutting, fiber and Yag laser cutting, but we’ve grown beyond equipment to offer substance in engineering and quality to truly enhance our customer’s needs.

A-Laser Exhibits Locally at D2P Santa Clara 2016 Show

May 26, 2016

Development to Prototype to Full-Scale Production

Design 2 Part Santa Clara

Santa Clara, CA

Have a design project that needs engineering? With over 20 years of experience, A-Laser’s unique capability in design, development and engineering can take your idea from concept to prototype, and then intimately to full-scale production. Come visit us at the Design 2 Part Santa Clara Show taking place June 8th & 9th and find out how our full service design capabilities can make your concept a reality!

D2P Santa Clara Show Information

 

Visit A-Laser at Booth #329 and learn more about:

3D Circuits and Laser Direct Structuring (LDS)

3D Circuitry and Molded Interconnect Devices

3D Circuitry

The introduction of Laser Direct Structuring (LDS) has revolutionized the molded interconnect device market, bringing flexibility to design, enhancing product capability and often at a cost savings. Molded Interconnect Devices (MID). MID’s are injection molded thermoplastic parts with integrated circuit traces. They provide enormous technical and economic potential and offer a remarkable improved ecological behavior in comparison to conventional printed circuit boards, they will however not replace, but complement circuitry that would be impossible to achieve with other technologies. In the laser direct structuring process, a part is normally made from a plastic material containing an LDS additive. The laser prints the conductive trace structures onto the surface. Initially copper and then nickel and gold layers are built up on these structures in a subsequent metallization bath.

Precision Laser Cutting Services

Precision laser cut parts

Precision Laser Cutting

A-Laser offers precision parts manufacturing for a variety of end markets including medical, industrial and electronics, among others.  Integrating broad process capabilities such as laser marking, chemical etching, bending and forming and CO2 laser cutting, A-Laser is delivering innovative products that address complex design requirements. Unlimited custom laser cut parts such as gaskets, shims, washers, blades and chip carriers, among others, are precisely cut from the thinnest metal foils, plastics and polymers.

NanoSlic Surface Protection Coatings

Surface Protection Coatings

Surface Protection Coatings

A-Laser uses a proprietary application process to coat various materials and substrates with specific thicknesses to modify surface functions. NanoSlic protects surfaces from water, oils, chemicals and oxidation which can cause corrosion while also being ultra durable and abrasion resistant. Leveraging their understanding of material behavior, our technologists recognized the need for a protective, hydrophobic  coating; the result was the development of NanoSlic. Because of the durability and hydrophobic properties, NanoSlic coatings protect surfaces from water, oils, rust, chemical corrosion, thermal demands, abrasion and more.

Laser Marking Technology

Laser Marking Services

Laser Marking Services

Serial numbers, bar codes, part numbers and logos can be laser marked in a wide variety of materials. The laser process ensures a quality, precision, permanent mark that is highly repeatable and can be created on flat as well as 3-D surfaces. Systems utilized by A-Laser can create characters smaller than 20 mils lightly marked into the surface or etched to specified depths.

 

 

 

A-Laser’s facility is five miles from the Santa Clara Convention Center and is at the heart of the tech industry in Northern California. We are strategically located in Silicon Valley in order to deliver innovative products and services that address complex design requirements especially in this unique area.

Want to schedule an appointment or learn more? Call Joe Azevedo at 408-655-4743. Or email us at norcalorders@a-laser.com.

Visit A-Laser, Booth #329
Design 2 Part Show
June 8th & 9th 2016
Santa Clara Convention Center
5001 Great America Pkwy
Santa Clara, CA 95054

Maintaining High Quality with Surface Protection for Precision Parts

May 5, 2016

The goal at A-Laser is to offer the highest quality precision parts manufacturing and reduce complex design requirements by utilizing advanced technologies including Infrared, Ultra Violet and CO2 laser systems.  To ensure this high quality, A-Laser has a dedicated Quality Control team that inspects every part or project before it leaves the facility. Many of the parts then become pieces of a bigger finished product and this is where quality becomes significant. When parts come together as pieces of a larger puzzle, we want to ensure they function continuously at a high quality level. Aside from our rigorous quality control procedures, another way we can ensure high quality through the life of the part is protection. A-Laser has the ability to add surface protection to many of our materials and laser cut parts using a proprietary nano-coating and surface coating process. We recognized the need for a durable, protective, hydrophobic and oleophobic coating and the result was the development of NanoSlic.

NanoSlic Coated Tweezer NozzleNanoSlic chemistry was conceived by FCT, who specializes in metallization and plating finishes, liquid resists and other unique manufacturing chemistries. Because of the high durability and hydrophobic properties, NanoSlic coatings protect surfaces from water, oils, rust, chemical corrosion, thermal demands, abrasion, scratching and much more without affecting the dimensions or functions of the part. A-Laser uses a proprietary application process to coat various materials and substrates with specific thicknesses to modify surface functions of laser cut parts. NanoSlic protects surfaces from water, oils, chemicals and oxidation, which over time can cause corrosion. NanoSlic is designed to maintain the quality of these precise and complex parts long after they leave our facility. Protection from abrasion, corrosion and extreme thermal demands are crucial for extending the working life of your parts, products or surfaces.

If you need to achieve complex and precise design requirements, or add surface protection to extend part life or improve performance, then please contact your local A-Laser Representative; Joe Azevedo (jazevedo@fctassembly.com) or visit our website to learn more. www.a-laser.com

Precision Parts for Precision Industries

April 18, 2016

Many of today’s industrial manufacturers depend on extremely tiny and complex parts to assemble their large projects. In the precision manufacturing industry especially; small, intricate parts such as nuts, bolts, shims, fasteners and washers are essential to assembly. One of the largest manufacturing industries in the world is the Aerospace industry. For both civil and defense sectors of Aerospace, precision is essential when manufacturing products that fly through our skies and solar system. There is absolutely no tolerance for error in Aerospace design and manufacturing, and precision parts contribute to reducing that error.

Aerospace washers and shimsAt A-Laser, we utilize the most advanced Infrared Lasers in the world while specializing in precise cutting and processing of ultra-thin materials such as plastics and metals. Some of the parts we process are shims and washers specifically designed for the Aerospace industry. A-Laser produces shims and washers that follow specific and strict design requirements allowing for exact control over materials, tolerance, quality, quantity, size, thickness and shape. Washers primary purposes are to distribute load, act as a spacer and to serve as a locking mechanism. Washers are also important in the prevention of Galvanic corrosion, which is caused when one metal begins to corrode during electrical contact with another metal. The washer acts as a separator and neutralizer between the two metals which helps prevent Galvanic corrosion.

In Aerospace, washers can also serve as shims used to fill small gaps or spaces between parts, used to support and adjust or to provide a level surface especially for parts that are subject to wear. These parts must be precisely cut considering they are used whenever an adjustment is needed in order to keep measurements accurate. They are frequently used in order to compensate for inaccuracies or other inconsistencies within a project. Washers and Shims cut using A-Laser’s precision lasers are guaranteed to be consistent with your specific design requirements. Precise engineering, precise design and precise manufacturing are all essential for success in a precise industry such as Aerospace.

At A-Laser, we know that our customers demand high quality complex parts. We also know that our customer’s success depends on our ability to deliver these high quality parts as quickly as possible. Typically, we are able to deliver prototypes and low volume runs within 24 hours and higher volumes within a few days while all maintaining the cut quality that only Infrared Lasers can offer. The value that manufacturers receive from utilizing A-laser’s Infrared Laser Cutting Services is unmatched. If you need to achieve complex and precise design requirements then please contact your local A-Laser Representative; Joe Azevedo (jazevedo@fctassembly.com) or visit our website to learn more.
www.a-laser.com

How to know if A-Laser’s Infrared Laser Cutting is right for your project?

March 30, 2016

Miniaturization is a widespread trend for manufactures and end-consumers in today’s fast paced mobile world. As many products, components, devices and equipment decrease in size; the demand for compact and complex design requirements increases. Manufacturers are forced to operate with the highest precision technologies in order to achieve these intricate and demanding requirements. One of these technologies is the ability to cut and process various materials using Infrared Lasers. The most popular material for utilizing IR Lasers is ultra-thin metal; attributable to contact-free processing resulting in no material distortion. The result is a clean, burr-free cut that compliments many of today’s precision applications.

IA-Laser utilizes the most advanced Infrared Lasers in the world while specializing in cutting ultra-thin materials and high precision laser processing. When utilizing A-Laser’s Infrared technology, you can expect the best cut on the market. With repeatable +/-.0005” tolerances ranging on thicknesses from 0.001” – 0.025”, we ensure a consistently cut part every time. Our specialty is tight tolerance processing and we pride ourselves on being compliant with extensive ISO 9001:2008 quality standards.

At A-Laser, we know that our customers demand high quality complex parts. We also know that our customer’s success depends on our ability to deliver these high quality parts as quickly as possible. Typically, we are able to deliver prototypes and low volume runs within 24 hours and higher volumes within a few days while all maintaining the cut quality that only Infrared Lasers can offer. The value that manufacturers receive from utilizing A-laser’s Infrared Laser Cutting Services is unmatched. If you need to achieve complex and miniature design requirements then please contact your local A-Laser Representative; Joe Azevedo (jazevedo@fctassembly.com) or visit our website to learn more.
www.a-laser.com/ir-laser

3D Circuitry Gains Interest from Medical Device Manufacturers at MDM West in Anaheim

March 9, 2016

On February 9th – 11th, the Anaheim Convention Center in Southern California played host to the largest Medical Device Manufacturing show in North America. With over 2,000 exhibitors and 21,000 show attendees, some of the world’s most innovative products and services were on display during the three day exhibition. According to the pre-show survey, the number one objective for attendees was to “Discover new products, services and technologies.” There was no shortage of new technologies including advancements in 3D printing, molding and the ability to create 3D circuitry on various surfaces.

A-Laser (Booth #2283), a Northern California company that offers unique laser processing services and project development, featured a technology that allows them to create circuit traces on a wide variety of 3D printed or molded plastics and substrates. This technology, known as Molded Interconnect Devices, allows medical device development teams to push design limits by utilizing their product housing as space to create circuits, reduce overall part size & weight and reduce electrical component layouts. This becomes an important factor for the medical industry as device manufacturers continue to miniaturize.

battWhile MIDs are found in multiple markets, they are particularly useful in the medical device arena, where marrying integrated circuit traces and molded thermoplastic parts offers tremendous benefit for devices that can deliver more immediate diagnostic results.  Applications include hearing aids, blood glucose meters, remote patient monitoring systems, drug delivery systems, disposable catheter interfaces, neurostimulation controllers, wireless device antennas and Integrated Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) solutions to name a few.

MIDs are injection molded thermoplastic parts that contain integrated circuit traces and provide many design, capability and cost advantages as compared to conventional printed circuit boards. The combined functionality gained by utilizing plated circuitry opens the door to unlimited application and design ideas. While MIDs will not replace traditional printed circuitry, they will complement designs that would be impossible to achieve with other technologies. To learn more about this unique technology, please visit http://a-laser.com/3dcircuits/.

Laser Direct Structuring (LDS) Pioneer A-Laser to Showcase MID Advances At BIOMEDevice San Jose

November 20, 2015

At the upcoming BIOME Device event, set to take place December 2nd and 3rd in San Jose, CA,  A-Laser, will highlight how its unique capabilities of Laser Direct Structuring (LDS) of Molded Interconnect Devices (MID), are lending new design and functionality freedom to the MID market.    From booth 219, A-Laser technology experts look forward to discussing LDS and its MID-enabling capability for improved form and function.

While MIDs are found in multiple markets, they are particularly useful in the medical device arena, where marrying integrated circuit traces and molded thermoplastic parts offers tremendous benefit for devices that can deliver more immediate diagnostic results.  Applications include hearing aids, blood glucose meters, remote patient monitoring systems, drug delivery systems, disposable catheter interfaces, neurostimulation controllers, and Integrated Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) solutions to name a few.

“With projected annual growth of nearly 20%, MIDs are finding new applications in multiple sectors on an almost daily basis,” notes Josh Sanders, President of A-Laser.  “For the medical device market, this is particularly exciting from a patient care perspective.  The ability to integrate a circuit carrier into devices that can be implanted, swallowed or injected opens up huge opportunities to offer more thorough and efficient diagnostics for faster, effective treatment.  A-Laser’s LDS process is a key enabler for MIDs and we are excited to showcase this capability at BIOMEDevice.”

Think 3D!

Think 3D!

MIDs are injection molded thermoplastic parts that contain integrated circuit traces and provide many design, capability and cost advantages as compared to conventional printed circuit boards.  While MIDs will not replace traditional circuitry, they will complement designs that would be impossible to achieve with other technologies.  The LDS process activates the material to allow conductive traces onto the plastic surface.  The metallization process the starts with a Cu bath after which time Application-specific coatings such as Ni, Au, Sn, Sn/Pb, AG, AG/PD, etc. are possible.

In addition to their LDS technology, A-Laser will be highlighting a new capability made possible by the acquisition of a high tech drilling and routing machine. This new machine is extremely accurate in its linear movement and depth control. One of the goals for this machine is to achieve high quality steps for SMT stencils and the ability to route precise PCB pockets for passive and active components. These pockets are required to be very accurate and this is achieved with a precise depth controlled routing system. The application of this technology goes way beyond SMT Stencils and PCBs; we now have the ability to create 3D features on what normally could only be a 2 dimensional part, ultimately expanding custom design possibilities. This machine is just one of many, in a wide spectrum of technologies that A-Laser has to offer, so speak directly with a representative to learn how we can help overcome your specific challenges.

Show delegates interested in learning more about A-Laser and its LDS process for MID applications and Routing capabilities are invited to meet with the company’s technology team throughout the two-day BIOMEDevice event.  For more information, visit www.a-laser.com.

A-Laser Helps Cardica Produce Next-Generation Medical Devices

August 4, 2015

Cardica, a designer and manufacturer of proprietary stapling and automated anastomotic devices for cardiac and laparoscopic surgical procedures, has partnered with precision laser-cutting and engineering firm, A-Laser, to expand and refine its line of next-generation medical devices.

“For several years, we have worked with A-Laser on a number of product prototypes as well as ongoing precision parts manufacturing,” explains Donovan Ware, Materials Manager for Redwood City, California-based Cardica. “The quality of the laser-cut components A-Laser supplies is consistently high and the engineering team continues to be an invaluable resource for ensuring proper materials sourcing and design collaboration.”

panel1Cardica’s relationship with A-Laser began with the development of its revolutionary MicroCutter XCHANGE® 30 surgical stapler, an 80° articulating device with an exceptionally small 5mm shaft. Precision laser cutting of thin metal parts with tight tolerances was critical for the prototype development of this product and A-Laser’s comprehensive range of laser cutting services and the company’s engineering expertise have been instrumental in the progression of the MicroCutter product line.

“Our partnership with Cardica is very rewarding,” comments Josh Saunders, A-Laser’s President. “Knowing that we are playing a part in the manufacture of revolutionary medical devices is gratifying. And, the challenging designs from Cardica drive us to innovate new ways to manufacture exceptionally small, precise stainless steel components. In fact, one part can only be manufactured through a process of chemical etching and laser cutting, which is a technique A-Laser perfected and now employs to produce a specialty part used in Cardica’s MicroCutter device.”

In addition to its laser cutting expertise, A-Laser’s short lead times and local proximity are key advantages for Cardica. Reduced cycle times offer numerous benefits including improved productivity, shortened product development cycles, nimble design modification capability and inventory reduction, among others. “A-Laser is very responsive and goes above and beyond,” says Ware. “We can deliver a design and have parts in a couple of days. For a small company that’s trying to prototype very quickly, those days save us a huge amount of time and money. Our relationship with A-Laser continues to provide benefits on multiple fronts and, ultimately, we believe that surgeons and patients are the beneficiaries.”

 

About Cardica

Cardica designs and manufactures proprietary stapling and anastomotic devices for cardiac and laparoscopic surgical procedures. Cardica’s technology portfolio is intended to reduce operating time and facilitate minimally-invasive and robot-assisted surgeries. Cardica’s MicroCutter XCHANGE® 30, a cartridge-based articulating surgical stapling device with a five-millimeter shaft diameter, is manufactured and cleared for use in a variety of gastrointestinal procedures and appendectomies in the United States, and for a wide range of surgical procedures in Europe. In addition, Cardica manufactures and markets its automated anastomosis systems, the C-Port® Distal Anastomosis Systems and PAS-Port® Proximal Anastomosis System for coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery, and has shipped over 53,000 units throughout the world. www.cardica.com

A-Laser Expands Facility, Announces Appointment of New Operations Manager

June 8, 2015

A-Laser, an FCT Companies business, today announced that it has doubled the size of its precision laser and marking facility to accommodate growing demand for its services. Simultaneously, the company has appointed optics, photonics and global inventory specialist, Fred Schumacher, to the position of Operations Manager. Together, these moves will position A-Laser for continued growth and success.

DSC_0154jgWith over 25 years of optics and photonics experience, as well as an extensive background in operations and global inventory management, Schumacher’s broad knowledge of manufacturing efficiency and laser systems is ideally suited to the role at A-Laser. Prior to joining A-Laser, Schumacher held notable positions including OEM Manager for Spectra Physics Lasers and Global Inventory Control Manager for Apple.

“In the short time that Fred has been with A-Laser, we have already seen tremendous improvement in operational efficiency and staff engagement,” says Josh Saunders, who is President of A-Laser and identified the need for this new role. “We anticipate substantive business growth in several market sectors and Fred’s oversight and involvement are integral to the continued progress of A-Laser.”

Among Schumacher’s top priorities are reorganizing the manufacturing flow for optimal efficiency, progressing continuous improvement and quality control programs, cross-training staff and developing a route for professional advancement for A-Laser employees. Over the longer term, Schumacher looks forward to helping the business achieve substantial growth.

“I think 15% to 20% growth year over year for the near term is achievable,” confidently states Schumacher. “With the additional floor space we now have, we’ve been able to organize the facility for maximum productivity and we are increasing employee skill sets on a daily basis. To be able to grow production output and revenues without adding significant headcount is the primary objective and I have every confidence that we will do this.”

Headquartered in Milpitas, California, A-Laser’s state-of-the-art facility has 12 lasers – eight for UV and marking processes and four for precision cutting applications. The recent expansion of A-Laser has increased total square feet to just over 11,000 and has afforded a more streamlined set-up to accommodate the increasing quantity of customer jobs, with the ultimate objective of moving from the current two full shifts to a 24/7 operation.

“For customers, the addition of Fred and the expansion of the facility mean increased throughput, improved service and on-time delivery of quality products,” says Saunders in conclusion. “Our full-service approach – from development and engineering to ramp up and full production – continues to be a differentiator and we look forward to expanding on this with our additional resource.”

A-Laser Exhibits Locally at D2P Santa Clara Show

May 13, 2015

Visit A-Laser at Booth 331 and learn more!
In addition to 3D Circuits and Laser Direct Structuring, Precision Laser Cutting Services, Photochemical Etching Services, A-Laser also offers a unique Laser Marking Technology:
Laser Marking Technology

Precision Laser Marking

A-Laser marking system allows customers to add serial numbers, bar codes, part numbers and even logos can be laser marked in a wide variety of materials. Our laser process ensures a quality, precision, permanent mark that is highly repeatable and can be created on flat as well as 3-D surfaces. A-Laser can create characters smaller than 0.5mm lightly marked into the surface or etched to specified depths.
A-Laser’s facility is five miles from the Santa Clara Convention Center and at the heart of the tech industry in Northern California. We are strategically located in Silicon Valley in order to deliver innovative products and services that address complex design requirements especially in this unique tech area.
 
Want to schedule an appointment or learn more? Call Joe Azevedo at 408-655-4743. Or email us at norcalorders@a-laser.com

Visit A-Laser, an FCT Companies business
Design 2 Part Show
May 20 & 21
Santa Clara Convention Center
Santa Clara, CA

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