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WAF and TLM Laser Deliver Success for Caerbont Automotive Instruments

The Welsh Automotive Forum (WAF) was founded in 2001 to develop a common approach in achieving sustainable continuous improvement for the Automotive Industry in Wales. Since its inception, the role and influence of the Welsh Automotive Forum continues to spread, placing it firmly at the centre of automotive activities in Wales.

As part of its promotional and networking activities, WAF host an annual AUTOLINK conference supported by Welsh Government, and this event was the catalyst for a successful collaboration between the Welsh Government, WAF, automotive manufacturer Caerbont Automotive Instruments and TLM Laser.

Swansea based Caerbont Automotive Instruments Ltd (CAI) is an independent company specialising in the design and manufacture of discrete car instruments, instrument clusters, senders, electronic control and interface modules and wiring harnesses for the specialist automotive and industrial markets. The company were seeking to introduce laser marking within their production processes as a way of expanding their manufacturing capabilities, improving productivity and increasing flexibility.

Through discussions at Autolink, the two parties developed a project and Caerbont were assisted by the Welsh Government SMARTInnovation operation with guidance and EU funding via SMARTCymru.

Following a series of laser marking trials by TLM Laser on various instrumentation products, Caerbont have since purchased a FOBA M2000-B laser marking system. This highly flexible and self contained laser system features a programmable Z-axis, good size worktable, an electrically operated access door and is ideal for almost any direct part marking application for the automotive, aerospace, medical, tools, metal, plastic processing and mechanical engineering sectors.

FOBA M2000B Laser Marking System

Caerbont Automotive Instruments are renowned for their unrivalled ability to produce bespoke solutions to each customer’s requirements and pride themselves in becoming an integral part of the customer's design process. The company manufactures a wide range of instrumentation for prestigious brands such as Caterham Cars, Morgan, Ginetta, Noble Automotive and produces Classic gauges for vehicles from the 1950’s through to the 1980’s

Laser marked auto instruments

The introduction of the latest in laser marking technology brings a new dimension to the company’s manufacturing processes and provides a highly accurate method of generating graphics, logo’s, graduations and text on instrument dials and bezels etc. The laser is an inherently clean and fast process, allowing rapid changeover between part types, which is ideal for small batches or a high mix production environment.

Bromsgrove based TLM Laser is the UK and Ireland distributor for FOBA Laser marking systems and also offer a comprehensive range of laser systems for a wide range of applications including welding, cutting, marking, hardening and cladding.

For further information contact TLM Laser