What is Laser Quality Control?
Ever helped your dad fix something over the weekend?
It’s funny how something as easy as hanging a picture frame can end up with you cutting a 2X4 with a power saw. Even the simplest projects like putting together an IKEA piece of furniture can turn out to be an absolute nightmare when you end up with a whole bag of extra screws and a bed that looks like anything but what you thought you bought!
We normally brush that off as a character building experience, a funny story to tell your friends later that day over a cold beer. Of course, no one talks about the real reason why this all happened and how it could have been avoided.
It’s easy to blame IKEA but, let’s be honest, did you really read that print? Did you really follow the instructions as stated? Probably not!
It would have been really cool if you just could wing it and get that project done without even looking at the instructions but 99.9% of the time you’ll end up with a disaster that always brings to mind the good old saying “Measure Twice, Cut Once”.
We at A-Laser understand the importance of measurement and project reviews towards the production of high quality and high precision parts.
Yes… we actually look at those prints you send us! Before we even quote you, everything you send us goes through a rigorous review process to see how we can produce your project in the most efficient and accurate way.
No, we’re not introverts just because we like to read engineering prints! If we have a question we will pick up the phone and dial your number, our professional account managers are so good at what they do they will gently massage all the necessary information about your project out of your brain without it feeling like a police interview.
After we cut or process anything on our lasers we inspect it using our SmartScope machines. Those are like microscopes, only much cooler! Not only do these machines give us the means to look at your designs with 165X magnification, they enable us to measure them too. Measuring features as small as 50 microns across, nothing looks good at that magnification unless it was laser cut… trust me!
Of course, they can also measure all sorts of features like True Position callouts, concentricity, parallelism and much more but those are too boring to go into in detail about… ok fine! Maybe next time…moving on.
After making sure that the First article complies with your prints and requirements, we start running your project, and everybody lives happily ever after… The end.
I wish it was that simple… Remember? Measure twice, cut once! We always perform a final inspection of the produced lot before we ship it to you, just because the first piece came out good doesn’t mean that all other pieces will.
With Aerospace, Medical and sensitive electronics projects we will not compromise or take any chances. Depending on your specific needs we can provide AQL sample size inspection options for dimensional or visual inspection.
Sure, if you come to us you won’t have a funny story to tell your friends, but at least you’ll have the time and peace of mind to still enjoy that beer with them. Our guarantee to you is that we will meet or exceed all your quality expectations, we’re so good at it you may even start sending all those IKEA purchases to assemble for you.