A new laser machine installed at Falcon’s factory in Stirling is 60% faster than the company’s current laser, and uses 70% less power, it has claimed.

Falcon says the reduction in energy usage will not only help to minimise the lifetime carbon footprint of its products, but will also ultimately allow for increased savings to be passed on to customers.

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It expects the investment to “dramatically” increase the speed of manufacture of its product line, as well as enhancing the cut quality, design flexibility and overall responsiveness to customers..

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The Salvagnini L5 is a computer-controlled fibre laser, using special optical fibre to carry the beam. It allows for a more compact design and reduces the regular maintenance that traditional CO2 lasers require.

The L5 can process a wider range of materials, including brass and copper, which will allow Falcon to be even more responsive to customer’s requirements.

“The speed and flexibility of the new laser, coupled with handling automation, will bring direct benefits to both Falcon and our customers,” said operations director Kevin Campbell. “The L5 will increase our production capacity and gives us an extra competitive edge in the market.”

The new laser became operational in mid-August.