Archive for Control Laser

Control Laser Applications Focus: Automotive Back lit buttons

It is a standard feature in every automobile today, the back lit button.  Convenient and safe viewing of control switches in low light or darkness. But did you know that Control Laser was the pioneer in this process technology?


For years, the automotive industry has relied on Control Laser to provide them with laser marking and laser engraving systems for their automotive production.

Our applications expert, Jack Williams, has been instrumental in developing cutting-edge new ways to doing things such as his role in plastic color marking methods and developing the back-lit button technology that is now prevalent in every part of the automotive industry & beyond.

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Processing with Lasers

Laser Processing is a very well established technology that is used in a large range of applications. In fact 2015 is the 50th anniversary of the first industrial laser. Industries such as Medical and Industrial manufacturing facilities use lasers. Wire Processing has well defined processing methods: measure to length, cut and marking of wire, wire stripping, crimping terminals, assembling to a wire harness and electrical testing. A number of other methods are also deployed such as Ultrasonic Splicing and Heat Shrink Tube Processing. The laser as a technology in wire processing supports applications that cannot be done with a traditional wire stripping or marking method. In these cases, contact processing of wire (blades, hot impression onto insulation) runs a risk of damage to the insulation or conductors. This is very critical in mission critical applications such as medical and aerospace. A wire harness or wire lead is a component of a larger assembly which can include enclosures and connection to other electrical devices and electronics such as printed circuit boards. Even these assemblies have application possibilities with lasers. In this posting we will demonstrate some of these applications.

Wire Stripping

Lasers are used in applications such as Teflon coated twisted pair cable, where contact with a blade risks nicking the insulation on the inner conductors or the braided shield.

Marking and Engraving

A laser can be used to apply a mark to a number of materials including metal and plastic.  By adjusting the focal point of the laser, a mark can be applied to the surface or engrave deep into the surface of the material being marked.

IC Decapsulation

Lasers can be used in IC Decapsulation to remove layers of material to inspect the chip’s underlying circuits.


Laser cutting is a common application in manufacturing.  A laser can cut materials to length as well as complex assemblies with many cuts or holes as illustrated below.


Laser welding is used in a number of applications including jewelry. Lasers provide localized heat with short cycle time to minimize distortion of surrounding materials

TJ Curtis Technologies Inc and our WireProcess Specialties Division provide solutions to companies who manufacture a large range of products. We are constantly looking for ways to help our customers improve their productivity and reduce processing costs. Connect Your Way today to begin.

Electrical Wire Processing Technology Expo 2015 in Review: Part Two

This is part two of our Wire Processing Expo 2015 coverage. In part one, we covered a few of the products from ETCO, Schaefer Megomat and Wezag Tools. This issue will complete our coverage with product displays of new technology.

C&S Technologies

C&S a leader in quality validation and monitoring technologies had their whole lineup on display. C&S has a range of solutions available including press calibration, crimp monitoring, crimp cross sectioning and data collection.

Crimp Inspection Station

Crimp Inspection Station


Applitek Technologies

Applitek is a leader in mini style applicators. Side and rear feed applicators were on display as well as a number of special designs.

Side Feed applicator from Applitek.

Side Feed applicator from Applitek.

 Carpenter Manufacturing

In addition to the standard lineup of bench top measure, cutting and stripping solutions, Carpenter displayed the new single and dual coil pans. These coil pans can be integrated into the Compu-Cut or Compu-Strip series machines.

Model 58B pre-feed and 97A on new single bowl coil pan.

Model 58B pre-feed and 97A on new single bowl coil pan.

Carpenter Mfg

Carpenter Mfg Dual Bowl Coil Pan.

Control Laser

WPS’ most recent Global Technology Partner is Control Laser. Control Laser is celebrating 50 years in business in 2015. Control Laser is a leader in marking, etching, engraving and cutting.  On display was the No Nic series hand held and Bench top wire stripper.

The Control Laser No Nic Hand Held wire stripper.

The Control Laser No Nic Hand Held wire stripper.

Lakes Precision

Lakes supplies blades for wire processing machines. A well established supplier of choice to OEM suppliers for their requirements, Lakes provides a full range of blade designs for most OEM suppliers and their respective machines. All from the Lakes modern facility in Wisconsin.

Lakes Blade

We enjoyed the time meeting with customers, sharing ideas and discussing applications. Networking with the leaders in our industry is a valuable time for all. We are ready and able to deploy these solutions and many more to help improve productivity and reduce processing cost. Connect Your Way to WPS today.