Our History

Who We Are

Laser Wire Solutions are pioneering experts in laser wire stripping and laser micro-soldering. We have a 10 year history that allows us to understand that a no single solution will not fit all with manufacturing innovative medical device. That’s why we strive to develop equally innovative products and processes every year.

We provide solutions to the problems endemic to the medical device market.

Laser Wire Solutions - Our History
Laser Wire Solutions - Knowledge and Experience - 10 Years

10
Years Experience

Laser Wire Solutions - Employees

50
Employees

Laser Wire Solutions - Global - International Experience

Global
Customer Base

Our History

2011

Laser Wire Solutions is founded and incorporated

2012

First Gemini-1 machine is produced and sold to a customer in France

2013

Development of Mercury-1, Odyssey-1, and Titan-1

2014

Development of Mercury-2

2015

Moved to larger business premises in Treforest Industrial Estate

2016

Schleuniger AG invests in Laser Wire Solutions with a 20% shareholder investment

Established Contract Manufacturing as a service

2017

Development of Odyssey-4, Mercury-5, Mercury-6, and Gemini-6

Turnover trebles to £5.1 million

2018

Development of dereeler system for blue-chip customer

Received HM Queen’s Award for Enterprise in recognition of the company’s contribution to International Trade

Ranked 5th in UK Manufacturing for the FT1000’s Europe’s Fastest Growing Companies

Ranked 12th in The Sunday Times Tech Track 100 league

Three awards received from the Wales Fast Growth 50 Awards

Ranked 15th in the Deloitte UK Fast 50

2019

Ranked 42 in the FT 1000 list of Europe’s Fastest Growing Companies

Why we began laser wire stripping

Our company was essentially founded to exploit the gap in the market for high-end laser stripping systems for medical device manufacture. Whilst laser strippers had been available in the market for over 20 years and were well established for consumer electronics cabling and some other niche applications, there was nothing suitable for the latest medical devices. This is because the application required extreme precision and techniques not readily available on the general market.

The intention of Laser Wire Solutions’ founder and CEO, Paul Taylor, was to design and manufacture bespoke machines that could be used to strip hair-fine wires in data, aerospace and medical applications, which were developing a range of technologically advanced products, such as mobile phones, microwave assemblies, pacemaker coils, medical electrodes and other medical devices (e.g. miniaturized catheters and cardiac monitors).

Prior to the launch of our Odyssey system, medical device manufacturers either had to resort to mechanical scraping or hot caustic chemical stripping to dissolve wire insulations. These methods were proving unreliable, inconsistent and inaccurate. Failures in the manufacturing process were leading to expensive scrap and failures in use were an altogether more serious matter. In the case of chemical stripping this also posed safety risks because of the use of hot chemical baths.

For the majority of medical devices, manufacturers simply struggled on with existing techniques or, in some cases, as there was no turnkey solution, resorted to developing their own, very expensive in-house systems. These typically use gas-based UV laser technology which, aside from costing hundreds of thousands and even millions of dollars to develop, take up a lot of space and require significant maintenance. This has limited the use of lasers to niche applications or has even meant that some innovative medical device concepts could not be developed.

With the introduction of compact, reliable, maintenance-free, solid-state UV laser technology over the last decade, Paul and his team identified an opportunity to devise an affordable, compact laser system which can be used off-the-shelf by medical device manufacturers. The machines that we now create remove the micron-thin insulation in a non-damaging way and built-in vision cameras with artificial intelligence verify the quality of each and every strip. Our Odyssey-4 product page will give you more specific information on this system.

Our business is very much an applications-based business. We work closely and in partnership with companies to solve quality and production issues in processing wires and cables, which in turn leads to the development of technologically more advanced and commercially sound products. In the medical sector these products save lives and in the automotive sector these end products reduce our carbon footprint.

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